Shadowing is a great tool for adjusting behavior problems. It takes a LOT of work, but if done properly the results are worth it. We most commonly use this tool when we have a child who is biting, or otherwise trying to hurt their classmates. Here’s our guide on what shadowing is, and how to use it to adjust behaviors.Read More
When it comes to discipline with young children our philosophy is using positive guidance strategies. We redirect, catch them being good, and use the environment as a tool. With these combined methods we see happy classrooms, filled with happy children, making great choices. The best part? These are methods that work really well not just at school, but at home as well.Read More
Most babies don’t cry for no reason. We just don’t know the reason why. Instead of becoming complacent with a colicy baby, we can dig deeper for the solution.
Sometimes we chose the least invasive treatments hoping they provide relief.Read More
Art with young children is very similar and very different. When we see a master piece we are used to only observing the finished product. With young children the opposite is most important. The product they are left with is far less valuable than the process they went through to create it. With young children art is process oriented.Read More
Engineering is a sometimes forgotten lesson. When we build, explore new materials, and create we our engineering. We are asking questions, solving problems, finding difficult solutions, all while playing.Read More
Children are like sponges ready to soak up everything we have to teach them. Math and science are fluid and interlocked, so we typically teach these activities together. Use fun experiments to engage the children, and teach these concepts through play.Read More
Art is a time for children to explore concepts beyond creating something beautiful. Art is a time for children to explore math and science concepts, in addition to confidence and independence. When we present art to children we want to be focused on the process, not the product. The children should have free range of the materials, and support to explore as they wish.Read More
“Say you are sorry!” A mother demands.
Her child shouts the words “I’m sorry!” while he still pulls the toy out of their friend’s hands.
Words have value and purpose. We have this wonderful, colorful vocabulary to discuss how we feel and see the world. We use our words to convey thoughts, ideas, passions, to grow and help others to grow. One of the most wonderful things we teach our children is to speak. More importantly than teaching them letters, words, and sentences is teaching them the meaning behind the syllables.
So how do we teach young children empathy? And what can we do that will be more effective than forcing them to repeat “I’m sorry.” in a mocking bird fashion?Read More
Young children are so eager to learn, but what exactly qualifies as math/science/engineering activities for preschoolers?
At Bright Beginnings Learning Academy we enjoy teaching stem activities and projects to our preschoolers. Let us lay out a few activities and how those are math, science, and engineering for preschoolers. We believe children learn best through play, all of our STEM activities are play based, and easily integrated in their day.Read More
Happy babies are excited to be held and smile with you, then quickly find something fun to do when you set them down. Happy babies love to be cuddled with their bottle before sleep, and drift into a deep slumber by themselves in their crib. Happy babies love that diaper changes are special one on one time where they get to see their caregiver’s face, sing songs, and be part of the process. Happy babies know their limits, and have boundaries that keep them safe.
But what about when the babies aren’t happy?Read More
When you have an overstimulated baby it can be hard for everyone involved. A baby who is overstimulated seems inconsolable. They might be purple crying, or screaming without even opening their eyes. You know that they are hungry, but they just cry and won’t latch. You know they are tired, but they just cry and won’t relax in your arms. An overstimulated baby can seem like a real test of your caregiving abilities.Read More
There are essentially two types of disciplines, those that work and those that don’t. The strategies that we’ve found to work best are positive guidance strategies. The ones that don’t work so well would fall under discipline and punishments.Read More
After teaching, and directing preschool for a combination of over 35 years, Mikki Rainney has learned a thing or two about how to be a fantastic preschool teacher. She has compiled a few simple tips to turn yourself from a good teacher into an amazing teacher.Read More