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Author: Summer Langille, MA, Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years Created: 12/15/2010 10:00 AM RssIcon
Summer's blog contains information about early childhood education ranging from latest news in early childhood education to literacy, art and music in young lives and more!
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 5/22/2013 12:28 PM


I’ve always found it a fun and lovely spring activity to grow grass and beans in my classroom. It's very easy, inexpensive, and introduces the children to the wonders and science of growing plants.

You’ll need:

grass seed

beans (I just buy a bag of mixed dried beans at the grocery store)

flax seed

wild flower seeds

and other seed you would like to try.

milk cartons

egg cartons

plastic (rinsed out) containers like cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese etc.

potting soil

Prep the milk cartons by cutting the top off of them and poking a few holes in the bottom for water drainage. You need drainage holes for any type of container you decide to use. (You can...
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 4/3/2013 6:44 AM
April is National Poetry Month!  "After these experiences with poetry and young children, I can tell you, no one is too young for poetry."  Get some ideas of what you can do with the kiddos and get inspired by seeing how the children reacted to these poetry experiences.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 2/25/2013 10:34 AM
Handmade books not only served as documentation of our projects but they gave each child representation that they belonged to the classroom environment. Seeing your own face in a book is a big deal to a child and I would often get large smiles and big, excited eyes when they would see themselves in these books for the first time. This is a simple way to include everyone in your child care environment and bring another type of print and literacy into their lives.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 2/15/2013 7:33 AM
If your child care environment is anything like mine, you have a ton of extra art stored in piles all over the room. We would display some of the really nice pieces of art on the walls and try and send the rest of it home. But we still ended up with a plethora of children’s paintings and drawings with no home. Wanting to show my respect to this hard and creative work of the child and not wanting to waste all of this paper, I came up with other ways to display and use this extra art. 
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 2/6/2013 6:41 AM

I have gone from young child teacher to mom of a young child and looking back, I've realized it could have helped
my practice to have a better understanding of how parents choose to, well, parent.  Take a look at how some of these blogs can, not only introduce you to the internal dialogue of families but they may even contribute to some themes or activities you do with the children in your care.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 1/21/2013 8:44 AM
Cleaning Room!  Getting a fresh start to your year by cleaning out and reevaluating your child care classroom.  
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 1/10/2013 11:29 AM
Tinkerlab gets rave reviews.  "I really think this is one of those sites every teacher should have in her queue. It has so many great ideas and resources and simple to navigate through."  Find out more about Tinkerlab.

By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 12/13/2012 10:43 AM
Find out why Imaginationsoup.net gets 5 out of 5 stars!

By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 12/6/2012 1:18 PM
Creativewithkids.com is a simple-to-navigate and fun-filled site full of creative ideas and activities to connect with children. Alissa, the author of the blog, is a homeschooling mother of three.  Alissa has put together great articles and online resources for parents and caregivers about: engaging activities for children, managing emotions, reconnecting and so much more. A few of my favorites were her posts on:

Using things from the recycle bin to engage toddlers”, “Edible sensory activities for toddlers” and ...
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 12/6/2012 12:53 PM
Babied the Blog gets 3 out of 5 stars.  The blog has some relevant information but not updated regularly. 
Read the rest of the review here!
 



By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 11/6/2012 9:17 AM
Find out why Summer gives this blog and the plethora of activities 5 stars!
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By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 10/24/2012 8:58 PM
Playingtodiscover.com is a relatively small blog focusing on play based learning for young children. The author is an early childhood teacher wanting to put her activities out there for stay-at-home moms and childcare providers who need a little help coming up with fun and educational things for their children to do.

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By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 9/26/2012 3:51 PM
Summer, M.A. in Early Childhood Education, gives the Living Montessori Now blog, 5 stars out of 5! Find out what it's all about and why here.



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By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 6/5/2012 10:39 AM
About Maurice Sendak, a tribute and some links to my favorite books of his.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 4/11/2012 3:15 PM
Saying goodbye to children in those early mornings for parents can be quite a challenge, but saying goodbye to a child in your program or class for good can be a very upsetting task for many teachers.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 3/16/2012 8:25 AM
Tips for parents saying goodbye to children at daycare such as: Parents ensuring they have extra time at drop-off, always saying goodbye and several tips for caregivers as they try to comfort the distressed little one.  Read on...
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 1/26/2012 12:43 PM
I always get asked about Kesang Marstrand’s, Hello Night when it is playing in my classroom. It’s a gentle, quiet, folksy/popish lullaby album that you really can play at any time of day. Use it to: 1) wind down the children before nap; 2) during nap; or 3) just something quiet at the end of the day. It's amazing to me at how many parents, teachers assistants and volunteers come to me asking about the album. Adults love it just as much as the children love to wind down to it. Marstrand’s lyrics are simple and dreamy. She gets into a child’s heart and tells these great little stories from their perspective. The acoustic melodies take you into the clouds and easily help you drift off into relaxation or for the children in your program - sleep. I highly recommend adding this indie children’s album to your school collection, but watch out, you may just bring it home for your own collection. *This c.d. can be found on the website www.cdbaby.com

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By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 11/14/2011 10:02 AM
Potty Training Tips for the Early Childhood Environment.  Get some quick and thorough pointers on how to approach potty training in your your child care setting!  Including what to consider, how to encourage the child's interest and what to do during set backs!
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 10/10/2011 11:29 AM
Sunny Day is just that, the perfect c.d. for s sunny, summer’s day. From the moment you turn it on its a lovely reminder of the simple joys of life.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 10/10/2011 11:25 AM
Every winter season I bring out George Winston's Summer album and experience the same emotional release his solo piano accompanied with Margery Williams story brings. Read more about it here.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 9/8/2011 8:27 AM
I believe its very important to help children learn and understand where food comes from. With all the fast food in the world, I have come to find that children really have no real idea where food begins and some have no concept of how its grown. A simple activity or invitation for exploration is providing pictures of your local farmers markets for the children to explore.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 6/15/2011 3:19 PM
Children with challenging behaviors can be very difficult for the teacher and hard on the other children in the program. These ten tips will hopefully help in reducing some behaviors, keep the teachers from pulling their hair out and benefit the continuity between home and child care. 
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 4/25/2011 3:00 PM
Brief overview of the importance of Art in the Young Child's Life
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 4/11/2011 5:53 PM
National Library Week started in the 1950’s when research showed families were buying more media materials than reading materials.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 4/8/2011 2:20 PM
April is National Poetry Month!  Find out how poetry can positively affect our children and get some great ideas about poetry with the young child.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 3/1/2011 6:19 PM
Nature Tables from Setting Up The Environment (bits and pieces on how to create interesting, exploratory, comfortable, beautiful places in yor child care environment.

Quick outline of the info, tips, examples and books you can find in Children's Place about setting up the learning environment and Nature Tables.
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 2/15/2011 7:52 AM
Besides the social emotional development that happens to a child when reading fairy tales, it’s also very fun to find all the different versions of the popular tales. In my own class, we started reading The Three Little Pigs. This spiraled into a full project where we collected and read as many versions of The Three Little Pigs we could find. We had parents who spoke Chinese and French bring in their home versions and read them aloud to the children. The children acted out their own versions of the story with flannels and toy versions of the pigs and the wolf. We eventually ended the project by building all three houses and acting out the story in our daily play. The complete project took us almost 2 months! This just shows the joy, the learning and the importance fairy tales play in a child’s life. 

As with play-based curriculum, some parents have a bias when it comes to fairy tales and their validity as proper reading material for their young child. Some may think - fairy tales are too fantastical and do not provide those intellectual qualities other storybooks do. Some may find fairy tales, especially the older ones like Grimm’s collections, well, a little too grim. After much research and personal practice reading fairy tales aloud to children, I can tell you, fairy tales are incredibly important to include in your children's lives. Bruno Bettleheim, author of The Uses of Enchantment, states matter of factly, “In all these and many other aspects of the entire children’s literature - with rare exceptions- nothing can be as enriching and satisfying to a child and adult alike as the folk fairy tale.”  Fairy tales provide so much for young children at a level in which they can understand and make sense of the world.

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By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 12/21/2010 8:19 PM
These are my favorite resources ranging from activity ideas, curriculum programs, engaging children in early education and more!  They are for Teachers, Parents and Caregivers!
By Summer Langille, MA Early Childhood Education Specializing 0-8 years on 12/15/2010 10:04 AM
Examples of what quality toys are and links to some recommended places your can find the quality toys.
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