Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Playing outdoors is crucial in the physical and mental development of children. In its simplest form, playing outside is a good way for children to get their daily exercise. With one out of three children overweight or obese, being active is critically important for the health of children. Lack of outdoor play has been linked to such problems as childhood obesity, increased reliance on behavior regulating medications, low self-esteem, and lower academic performance. Improving a child's health and well-being might be as simple as sending him or her outside to play! For more information on Outdoor Play, read CCEI's July Newsletter!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
CCEI is proud to introduce CUR111:Cultural Competence and Promoting Awareness of Diversity in Child Care to the online child care training course catalog. This course focuses on essential principles and practices for promoting acceptance of diversity in the early childhood and school-age learning environments. Even if a child grows up in a relatively homogenous neighborhood with little diversity, he or she still needs to be prepared for life in a multicultural society. This course is relevant to all children and teachers, regardless of the cultural, racial, and ethnic demographics in their particular community.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI) is proud to offer CCEI440: Sensational Science as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of June. This course examines age appropriate guidelines and activities for setting up a science center that includes activities that build curiosity. Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to define science as it relates to preschool children, identify appropriate materials to include in a science center, identify basic activities for promoting early science skills, and list the main purpose and benefits of science in the early childhood curriculum.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
At its core, science is all about exploration, experimentation, and observation. These are the things that lead to the most important product of science: discovery. This is true regardless of a person's level of scientific engagement, whether he or she is a preschooler playing at the water table or an astrophysicist studying the composition of a distant nebulae. Scientific knowledge and skills are important and some are appropriate and necessary to introduce in the early childhood environment. However, an early childhood professional's first and most important goal regarding science education is to encourage exploration, experimentation, and observation. Keep those three words in mind as you plan and assess science-based activities. For more information on science in the classroom, read CCEI's June Newsletter!
Thursday, May 28, 2015
CCEI is proud to introduce LIT101: The Read-Aloud Process: Building the Components of Literacy to the online child care training course catalog. This course is about the preparation and skills a teacher needs in order to ensure that read-alouds in the early childhood environment accomplish the literacy building goals of a good early childhood curriculum. One of the jobs as an early childhood educator is to teach children the pre-reading and reading skills necessary to succeed in school and life.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
CCEI is proud to introduce SPN104:Making Sense of Sensory Processing to the online child care training course catalog. This course is designed to help teachers understand sensory processing, its implications in the classroom, and how to support children who may be struggling with sensory processing. Course content includes helpful teaching practices and strategies for meeting the needs of all learners.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI) is proud to offer CCEI968: Inclusion and Children with Special Needs as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of May. This course provides participants with a greater understanding of the importance of including children with disabilities in the early childhood environment. Participants will learn basic characteristics of various disabilities or conditions, along with strategies for making reasonable accommodations for all children and their families. Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to define inclusion, identify characteristics of general disability categories, and define key terms related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).