All Day Kindergarten (14:00)This program explores the increasing interest in re-instating full-day kindergarten and looks at the advantages for children to attend such a program.
Building Literacy Competencies in Early Childhood (FULL VIDEO) (32:05)With the growing reliance on computer-based communication and the return of public interest in early schooling, much attention is being paid to the attainment of literacy. Filmed in several multicultural preschool and kindergarten classrooms, this program reviews underlying cognitive, social, and physical requirements for all formal education and then presents the literacy-specific understandings and skills that have been widely cited but not always adequately described. This video presents an integrated vision of how the precursors of literacy stem from appropriate experiences provided by thoughtful adults to the children in their care.
Building Mathematical Competencies in Early Childhood (36:00)The mathematical skills children bring with them to elementary school predict both their mathematical and literacy achievement for years to come. In this video, experts from Erikson Institute’s Early Mathematics Education Project discuss approaches to creating rich, developmentally appropriate math experiences for young children.
Focusing on Early Years (32:29)This video resource looks at various aspects of the Early Years Setting from the basics of Health and Safety to areas of employment within this rewarding industry. The topics of Preventing Accidents, Controlling Infections, and Types of Early Years Settings are highlighted as well as Career Pathways and the roles of workers in different Early Years Settings. The video also has additional support notes with questions and answers for your students and includes interviews with personnel working in the industry which shows a true reflection of life working in the Early Years Sector.
Helping Them Flourish (53:00)Helping children to grow and bloom properly also means taking into account their biological rhythms. This program seeks out holistic approaches to education that more scientifically organize the school day and strike a better balance between intellectual and physical development.
Kids and Food (22:00)A shocking number of American children suffer from obesity and eating disorders. This video offers parents practical tips on managing a child’s weight and eating habits.
Learning Before School: How Parents Can Help (20:00)How can parents give a child the best chance to succeed in school? The video shows how to give kids a head start in three key areas: communication, self-discipline and curiosity. The video shows how to interact with children to help them explore their surroundings. It shows that predictable schedules and comforting routines contribute to a child's sense of security and it demonstrates how to set limits for children while offering choices. A parent's love and guidance are key to help a child develop the skills needed to be ready for success in school. - How to interact with children tp help them explore their surroundings as part of their daily routine. - That children learn preschool language skills best in one-on-one conversations with adults. - How simple toys such as puzzles, blocks, and art materials work best to develop natural curiosity. - How parents who set limits for children BEFORE school help them learn to set their own limits when older. - Why predictable schedules and comforting routines contribute to a child's sense of security.
Music and Movement in Early Learning (25:00)When young children hear music, their natural inclination is to move their bodies in response to it. Research has shown that this movement, like the music itself, is an integral factor in the brain's and the body's healthy development. Music is an invaluable learning tool by itself, but its impact is vastly enhanced when it is joined with movement. This program explains what research has shown us about the importance of combining movement with music in early learning environments.
Play & Learning at School: Five Year Olds (1:42:00)Most people are clear about the importance of play, it is essential for children’s development and features prominently in the EYFS, Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence and in the foundation Phase for Wales. However, there still exists a tension about how it is managed in the classroom in a climate of the attainment of targets and testing.
By carefully observing a class of 5 year old school children, it becomes clear that they are capable of fantastic self-directed play that superbly supports their development. You will witness purposeful play in abundance as you get to know individuals and see what really motivates them to learn.
Learn how to provide the best kind of support and stimulus including the environment, adult involvement and peer groups. Look at how to foster motivation to persist, leading to the satisfaction of their own intended outcomes. All of the prime and specific areas of the revised EYFS are in evidence, showing you the real breadth of learning that is taking place.
Recipe for Success: How Children Learn (57:00)How and why do humans learn new things? Why are we stronger in some skills than others? At what age do we learn most quickly, and how can we improve our learning capacity? This program studies the knowledge-building process that typically occurs in childhood by observing 25 six-year-olds as they adapt to the challenges of their surroundings.
Series: Baby InstructionsThe first three years of life are the time of greatest brain growth and development, so the encouragement and support a baby receives during this stage will have long-lasting effects on his or her future growth. Presented by an occupational therapist who has worked in the pediatrics field for over 16 years, this two-part series shows parents how to stimulate the growth of cognitive skills, play and motor skills, and communication abilities in infants and toddlers. Each episode focuses on maximizing a child’s potential through sensory exercises, language development, ways to explore attachment and bonding, and many other easy-to-comprehend lessons. Appropriate for caregivers as well as parents. 2-part series, 61 & 66 minutes.
Series: Baby It's You: The First Three YearsIt’s said that babies are pre-wired to learn. Exploring that idea through the eyes of infants and toddlers, this six-part series shows how babies are programmed to seek out experiences that help transform them into thinking, feeling, active people. Each episode focuses on one human characteristic—awareness, movement, manual dexterity, communication, thinking skills, or socialization—and tracks the growth and development of that aspect in a handful of young children over the course of several months. An ideal tool for instructors who want to show childhood’s rapid changes using a concise video format. 6-part series, 25 minutes each.
The Thinker: Mental Development in Childhood (25:00)DESCRIPTION
Is a baby actually learning something when he knocks down a stack of blocks? What happens in a toddler’s mind when she “feeds” her teddy bear? Why does it take just as much work to bake an imaginary cake as a real one? This program explores the process through which young children begin to reason, plan, and solve both concrete and abstract problems. Emphasizing that babies are driven to make sense of the world in the same way that they are driven to walk and talk, the video shows how this urgent need to learn is fulfilled through play, which relies on both action and observation. Basic discussions of memory and cerebral cortex development are included. A part of the series Baby It’s You: The First Three Years.
Toddlers (Overview) (37:00)Toddlers are constantly busy learning new skills as their bodies grow and become more coordinated. They begin to communicate and connect with others as well as manage their feelings.This program looks at each aspect of a toddler's development including physical, cognitive, social and emotional milestones. Concepts from developmental theorists, pertinent statistics, and practical suggestions for caregivers are presented.