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5 Things preschool teachers won't say...but would like parents to know.
Thursday, 07 February 2019 00:00

What your child's preschool teachers won't say.

Have you ever wondered what your child's preschool teacher isn't telling you? It's not that she's keeping big secrets, but there may be certain issues that she doesn't feel comfortable sharing because of school policies or because she's afraid of offending you. We spoke with several preschool teachers about what they wish they could say to parents, and here's what they told us.

1. Teach your child to clean up after herself.

Children can begin cleaning up after themselves at a very early age, which develops good organizational habits and encourages independence. Every preschool teacher hopes that you teach your child this important skill.

"Cleaning up is a skill and a habit, and skills and habits need to be taught," says Jarrod Green, a preschool teacher and child development consultant in Philadelphia. "Think of the individual lessons involved in cleaning up, and consider if your child knows them. For example, does your child know where his toys belong? Does he know why it's important to clean up? Does he know how to carry big toys? Does he know how to put small toys in containers? Does he know how to sort toys properly?" if the answer to any of these questions is no, think of fun ways the skill can be taught. If sorting toys is a challenge for your child, make a special point to develop it by asking, 'Hey, can you help me figure this out?' Or say, 'I can't remember where the dinosaurs go and where the cars go. Help me!' Once your child understands how to clean up after himself, make it a part of his daily routine. His preschool teacher will thank you!

The benefits of cooking with your kids
Monday, 07 January 2019 00:00

Cooking with your kids

Parents often avoid cooking with young children because of the danger associated with hot appliances. But you can cook a wide variety of snacks and meals without using heat. We’ve included a few “cool” recipes in this article along with a list of benefits cooking offers to young children. So roll up your sleeves and get cooking!

The Benefits of Cooking with Young Children

Child care experts agree that children appreciate a wider variety of food when they participate in preparation. And, don’t be surprised at the number of skills you help children develop along the way. Here are just a few of the reasons cooking should be a regular part of your curriculum.
• Cooking encourages creativity. Allow children to make decisions, add extra features, and do as much of the work as possible. Praise youngsters for experimenting and making something different. For example, the Happy Face Salad activity below gives children the opportunity to be creative and unique.  
• Cooking teaches how things change. Through various processes in the kitchen – heating, freezing, grinding, and beating – food is made ready to eat. Cooking can be a great extension of your science units. Through the simple mixing of ingredients or watching water boil or freeze, for example, children can experience different states of matter.

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