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School Agers Beyond The School Day

We know that quality early childhood care and education positively affects child growth, development and school readiness.Did you know that high quality learning experiences are also important for school agers, both in school and beyond the school day?

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Discover the Power of a Picture

If you’re like me, nothing tells a story better than a picture.  Photographs can inform, entertain, invoke emotion, take you to another place, and more.    As a child I loved the thrill of capturing just the right image with the camera, waiting to finish the roll so that I could get it developed, discovering the joy (or heartbreak depending on how the photo came out) again when viewing the photo for the first time, and then sharing it with others.  As I grew older, I also developed an appreciation for the “storytellers” behind the images.  Parents and teachers alike are storytellers, documenting the milestones in life: first step, first lost tooth, first day of school, learning how to share with others, completing a puzzle, reading a book independently.  There are multiple ways that people document momentous occasions in life – through writing, in a memory, on a Facebook Timeline, in a video, etc.  Through it all photography can be a wonderful tool to help document all of these wonderful accomplishments. 

Last fall, Shelly Meredith, a teacher at our Beacon Street Learning Center presented a workshop about Making Learning Visible – Using Photographs to Showcase the Learning Process in Your Classroom.  To further explore the topic of photo documentation in the classroom setting, here is a synopsis of her presentation.  Enjoy!

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School Age Resources

Last week we focused on incorporating school age children into a child care program by setting up the environment for success.  This week I wanted to share some resources that you might find helpful for working with/parenting school age children from our website.

These links are provided as a public service only, and Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) is not responsible for the content on these websites. This does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by ECA of any product or service offered or referenced or any views that might be expressed or referenced on the linked website.

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Incorporating School Age Fun!

School age programs provide activities that encourage independence, social skills and cooperation.  It is also important to offer a variety of activities to choose from in a safe structured environment, allowing fun independent learning. 

ECA’s school age specialist, Karin Gilbert, suggested you might want to create a Y.O.T Box, (pronounced “yacht” and stands for “Your Own Time”) for each child. This is where kids can store and work on individual hobbies and projects - such as collections, scrap books, journals, sketch books, craft projects, etc.  Although the intent is for individual work, one child’s interest often sparks a similar interest in others, and they then become co-creators of special projects together.

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An Investment in Kids' - and Our – Future!

From Our Executive Director

 

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