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.
Consistency and routine are important for children in many aspects of life, including toilet learning! At Ethos, the best success we have seen was when both the parent and teacher team up to take on this journey together, and when there is a consistent routine at home and at school.
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.
Do children need to get a bunch of toys to be better equipped to learn and grow?
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, et.al, 2012).
“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.
Technology lives in every corner of our lives; our offices, our homes and our schools. There are a variety of technologies everywhere and even our children are living in and will continue to grow in a world where tech will grow with them. But is media and technology beneficial for children?
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.
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.
As parents, teachers, and community members, we hold a responsibility towards nurturing socially, emotionally, and physically resilient children so they are able to deal with any obstacles that come their way throughout life. We all strive to make the lives of our children filled with joy, discovery, and happiness.