Early childhood education is important. Here are the reasons why

There is a longstanding agreement amongst research in many domains that early childhood is a vital time of growth and development for children. Even more solidified and well known within the field of developmental science is the finding that children who attend and receive quality early learning experiences gain many beneficial outcomes. 

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How to get young children started with chores, with toddler chore chart

As we get closer to the one year mark of living in this pandemic, it’s getting harder to find activities to keep children entertained at home. Luckily for us, young children enjoy participating in cleaning and other chores. The “I do it myself” attitude that many toddlers and preschoolers adopt is helpful in their quest to learn these practical life skills. 

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5 super easy ways to instill gratitude in children

Adults are overall happier and less stressed when they are grateful (Emmons, Wood, Froh & Geraghty, 2010) and the same can now be said about the relationship of gratitude in children. Children who show indications of grateful behaviors have strong connections to life satisfaction (Park & Peterson, 2006) and higher emotional intelligence (Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence). Gratitude also aids in building relationships as it brings about traits such as helpfulness, optimism, and trustworthiness (DeWall,, 2012).

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The magical effects of simply telling a story

“Boo-boo. Hike!” is what one toddler expressed to me with great fervor when he came into the classroom one morning as he recalled his weekend happenings. Though he did not tell me this story with the sophistication and wordiness of a Charles Dickens novel, the same passion existed.

As early as 24-30 months, children are already learning the art of storytelling through their constantly increasing ability to sequence events, pinpoint actions in time, and identify different characters.
In this post, we will share a bit about the roots of oral storytelling and its relationship in language and social development.

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Executive Functioning

At Ethos, we emphasize in our practice and work, nurturing and supporting the social and emotional development of our children to make for a better future. One of the earliest skills that contribute to a socially and emotionally resilient child is developing their executive function skills. Research has shown that having strong executive functioning leads to better outcomes as your child grows.

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Celebrating Maria Montessori

On August 31st, the world celebrated the 150th birthday of Dr. Maria Montessori, a visionary who paved the way for change and progress in the schooling of children in order to create a better world. 

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