There is a dramatic play world building cycle that children repeat during their play. As part of this cycle, they create, organize, and explore imaginary worlds based on their personal interests, knowledge, and experience.
The Mere-Exposure Effect, also known as the Familiarity Principle, refers to the robust and reliable research finding that individuals tend to develop a preference for things simply based on repeated exposure and familiarity.
A simple machine is a tool used to modify motion and force in order to simplify work. It turns out these 6 classic simple machines are common in the lives of young children and can be used to promote STEM play as well as other development and learning.
This free downloadable PDF looks at Hebb’s Law: “Neurons that fire together wire together.”
This free downloadable PDF looks at child directed speech.
This free downloadable PDF highlighting the iterative learning cycle.
This free downloadable PDF highlights ten common early childhood schemas.
This free downloadable PDF highlights the benefits of continuity of care.
This free downloadable PDF highlights some of our favorite quotes from Sir Ken Robinson.
This free downloadable PDF looks at the SMART Objective Criteria–it provides a helpful framework for setting personal or organizational objectives. Whether you’re trying to eat healthier or create a more play-friendly early learning setting, this mnemonic acronym can help you create and achieve your objective.
This free downloadable PDF looks at the 4 phases of the development of attachment as described by John Bowlby. He described attachment as a, “lasting psychological connectedness between human beings” –believing early child-caregiver bonds had a powerful impact and continued throughout life.
This free downloadable PDF physical risk rating matrix is intended to help early learning professionals assess the riskiness of play activities or environments in order to create play settings that balance safety and reasonable risk taking. Use this matrix when conducting benefit/risk assessments and other early learning planning.