What’s the only thing better than helping children learn? Helping children learn while having fun, of course!
In this video, a preschool teacher lets her children explore a root they grew in a “garden in a glove.” Watch how excited the children are to learn—and smell—which vegetable the root is turning into! You can find instructions on growing your own “garden in a glove” here, courtesy of the Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago.
If you enjoyed this fun learning moment, check out other moments in this blog series!
It’s Dual Language Learner Celebration Week! Every year in the U.S., the amount of young children who live in a household where a language other than English is spoken has been steadily increasing. As of 2016, about one-third of children under age 8 – over 11 million children – are dual language learners (DLLs).
As an infant classroom teacher, you know that talking to babies is important. For instance, you tell the infants in your care what they are looking at (“You see the new block basket on the shelf!”). You label objects (“You have the red ball!”). And you describe events that take place in the classroom (“The tray just fell off the table! That scared you.”). These are all examples of talking with babies. Why, then, can it be so challenging to do this consistently in the classroom?
A few years into teaching early childhood, I applied to work at a school that does incredible work in the local community. I was thrilled to get an interview but realized very quickly that, even though the environment was supportive and the students were wonderful young people, I was much too intimidated to work there.