Carroll Community College ECE Club

Carroll Community College ECE Club

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Hi Everyone! We are currently looking for two positions to fill at Grace United Learning Center in Taneytown. One is a lead teacher and the other is for a sub. You will need your 90 hour certificate for the lead position and your hours will follow the Carroll county school schedule. Perfect for anyone that has children in school 😊 If you are interested please email your resume to Crystal Baker at [email protected]
I absolutely love this quote! It's completely true and yes I am the messy teacher! Slime, chalk, mud, shaving cream, anything!

The ECE Club promotes the importance of early care and education through community outreach, service based projects and professional leadership activities.

"Carroll Community College ECE Club is for pre-service early childhood education students who are dedicated to making a difference for young children through community outreach and service."

Operating as usual

02/25/2022

New Childcare Webinar Coming Soon from the Hunt Institute!

As Congress continues to consider the expansion of prekindergarten and childcare programming, early education’s teacher pipeline will be a critical facet of any successful implementation. On Tuesday, March 29 (3-4pm EST), the Hunt Institute is excited to pair with their higher education partners for a session titled “The Role of Higher Education in Preparing the Early Childhood Education Workforce.”

They’ll be joined by NAEYC CEO Rhian Evans Allvin and Sr. Director of Higher Education, Mary Harrill, as well as Chancellor Joseph Castro of California State University and Megan McCann of Education Commission of the States, for what promises to be an important conversation. Register now for the webinar: https://bit.ly/3pdi6AS

02/23/2022

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Graphic credit: Dr. Becky at Good Inside

02/22/2022

What's the easiest way to encourage more creativity and get outside too? A nature crafting play space. See ours 👇

https://mothernatured.com/nature-playspaces/how-to-create-a-nature-craft-play-space/

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Why Kids Are Afraid to Ask for Help Children as young as seven years old may hesitate to ask questions in school because they worry classmates will think they are “stupid”

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02/16/2022

HOW TO BEST PREPARE PRESCHOOLERS FOR FUTURE READING AND WRITING

There's no need for pencils or paper. Preschoolers don’t need to learn letters at this age either.

“Getting ready to read and write does NOT need to, nor should it, involve sitting still, OR letters, OR paper, and pencil. There are so many other important things that need to happen, and happen a LOT, before a child can successfully read and write.” - Denita Dinger, author and early childhood educator

• Children need a strong sense of body awareness (developed through active free play)
• Eyes need to track
• Core muscles (stomach & back), shoulders, neck, hand, and finger strength should be adequate
• Children need basic coordination of both fine and gross motor skills
• Children need time to make lots of mistakes and learn perseverance

Children gain these foundational skills through FREQUENT outdoor play opportunities!

Let children....

Blow more bubbles.
Swing, spin, and roll down hills.
Hang upside down from the monkey bars.
Climb more trees.
Build more forts.
Make more mistakes.
Struggle more, give up less.

Ample outdoor play opportunities lay a strong foundation by organizing the brain and preparing the body, so that reading and writing can become a meaningful experience.

02/13/2022

Helping your child learn to self-regulate is a process with ups and downs. Learn to see the signs!

Sketchnote by @kwiens62 based on ideas by Stuart Shanker - Self-Reg

Developmental milestones just changed for the first time in years 02/11/2022

Developmental milestones just changed for the first time in years

Developmental milestones just changed for the first time in years The nation’s top pediatricians have changed the checklist of developmental milestones for infants and young children to make it easier to identify delays that could be a sign of autism or other social-communication disabilities.

02/10/2022

Take the time to read the whole thing.

We really need to get back to a better place...

For some reason, the preschool years are flooded with crafts and product-driven experiences. But why?

- Do adults feel more comfortable with recognizable pieces of "art?"

- Do we struggle recognizing the learning that happens though the open-ended art experiences and processes?

Are we driven by "cute" products, even if that means the teacher does more work than the child?

When I challenge crafts, I get A LOT of pushback. Let's clear some things up...

CLAIM 1: "THESE CRAFTS WORK ON FINE MOTOR SKILLS!"
MY RESPONSE: "Yes, but to a MUCH more limiting capacity. Because the teacher is doing more of the cutting, fixing, arranging (to all 10+ crafts) they are getting more of the fine motor workout than the children. When simply providing the children with materials and letting them explore, THEY are the ones who can now cut, rip, roll, pile, attach, detach, pinch, paint, scribble, pat, pull, etc. the materials. And because there is no end product in mind, there are no limitations as to how long they can keep exploring and exercising fine motor skills. So they're hitting a broader range of fine and gross motor skills, while doing so for a longer period of time. AND because it's open-ended, all children can approach and engage in the experience in a more individualized and engaging ways."

CLAIM 2: "THEY NEED TO KNOW WHERE FEATURES GO!"
MY RESPONSE: "Let's give children more credit than this. From infancy, babies recognize facial features. They'll know it's odd if a person has eyes on their elbow, or a mouth on their forehead. Just because a child doesn't place googly eyes, mouth, etc. in their "appropriate" place, doesn't mean they don't recognize or understand facial features. When you give them these materials, they aren't focused on assembling a face, but rather their focus is on learning more about the materials in their hands; how they feel, what they can do, how they work/dont work together, etc. As they get older and begin mastering these materials, let them FIGURE IT OUT and place features accordingly when they're able and wanting to do so. Showing someone where to paste eyeballs and other pieces is basically removing the thinking PROCESS. Again, our focus needs to be on the process/learning, and not an outcome. "

CLAIM 3: "THIS IS WHAT THE PARENTS WANT!"
MY RESPONSE: "We are not babysitters. We're early childhood leaders/educators. We need to understand developmentally appropriate practice and advocate for it. Parent's will be far more receptive if we explain the "why" and "how." When they know these experiences fuel holistic learning across the board, they'll too be on board.

CLAIM 4: "I JUST GIVE THEM THE PIECES AND LET THEM ASSEMBLE HOW THEY WANT TO!"
MY RESPONSE: "This is definitely progress. You're allowing for greater autonomy and choice of where the children place the materials. But the problem is we're still putting an emphasis on a product. So if you have a board with a bunch of owl cutouts saying your class is a "hoot!" we're subliminally saying the children "made owls," even though the teacher cut out a bunch of owl silhouettes, beaks, etc. Even though the child put the eyes on top of each other, the beak on the wing, etc. Why do we have to do any of the child's work for them. Bulletin boards should be of their authentic work from start-to-finish, with some photos of them working and corresponding descriptions of the learning - keep it authentic and meaningful!

CLAIM 5: "ITS REALLY NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL. MY KIDS LIKE THIS. IT"S NOT HURTING ANYONE!"
MY RESPONSE: "These product driven crafts destroy creative thinking. A child can't utilize prior knowledge, imagination, and creative-thinking to make a cat if they have a specific model and specific materials in front of them. They're just going to learn how to copy a cat, not THINK about how they could make one. Giving children the answers does hurt them cognitively. It also hinders flexibility and independent exploration. I can not begin to (sadly) tell you how many children I've worked with that have been so accustomed to seeing a specific model and given so much direction that the idea of not having that cripples them. "Show me what to do!" "I don't know what to do!" "Can you do it for me?" This is a big deal. This is hurting the children. Children shouldn't have such pressure on them to produce measurable results. And we need to get out of their way with answers and outcomes and focus on learning HOW to learn. Crafts are fine to do here and there, as long as a child is able to do it from start to finish, independently."

CLAIM 6: "CHILDREN NEED TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!"
MY RESPONSE: "take off your coats, sit down, line up, go to this center, clean this center, leave this center, raise your hand, put your hands down, look at me, voices off, pack up, coats on, etc. Children follow directions all day long, probably more than they should. Now we're controlling their art. What is the point of art? What are the learning objectives? Again, in these moments if we're directing the children, we're removing their opportunity to think. This is the last place we should have directives - granted we probably do, such a don't bring the paint out of the center, clean off your hands when you're done, switch centers, etc. We have to be more comfortable in promoting a child's ability to self regulate, make decisions, be autonomous, and embrace creative and critical thinking. They can't exercise these essential skills if they're constantly directed.

I know this can be a super foreign concept, making it quite uncomfortable to even consider. But when we know better, we can do better. When we're open-minded, receptive and willing to try new things, we take our practice to whole new levels. Here's to growing and learning together!

A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool 02/10/2022

A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool

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A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool A long-term study of a statewide preschool program tracked students through the sixth grade and found those who attended prekindergarten falling behind.

Photos from Carroll Community College ECE Club's post 02/08/2022

One more day to visit the Club Fair! See what the ECE Club is up to this semester!!

We Must Demand Play-Based Education Because That's What The Evidence Tells Us 02/07/2022

We Must Demand Play-Based Education Because That's What The Evidence Tells Us

We Must Demand Play-Based Education Because That's What The Evidence Tells Us According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Economic Forum, and Unicef (and according...

7 Easy and Inspiring Activities to Celebrate Black History Month |… 02/07/2022

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7 Easy and Inspiring Activities to Celebrate Black History Month |… Celebrate Black History Month with these easy-to-do activities. Each inspiring activity features figures in Black history who made a difference in the world.

02/03/2022

Do You Really Know Who's Watching Your Child?

Timeline photos 02/02/2022

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Carroll Community College is ranked as the #1 community college in Maryland and #10 nationwide by College Consensus in its rankings of Best Colleges and Universities for 2021.

01/31/2022

Jellyfish in a Bottle Science Experiment

Child care workers are vanishing across the country. Here's how it's impacting the economy 01/29/2022

Child care workers are vanishing across the country. Here's how it's impacting the economy

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Child care workers are vanishing across the country. Here's how it's impacting the economy If this industry falters further, experts say it could spell trouble for the entire labor market as working parents scramble to find care for their kids.

Temple Grandin Wants Us to Think Differently About Kids Who Think Differently 01/26/2022

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01/24/2022

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A great block play handout!
PDF at Tufts Developmental Stages of Block Play

01/24/2022

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A great block play handout!
PDF at Tufts Developmental Stages of Block Play

01/23/2022

I’m totally with Natural Childhood Community] on this - I love the idea of a large weaving project where you could just have a little weave or add a little something without having to complete a whole piece yourself. And the result is a collaborative work of art.
This one is by Sarah Fuller]

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Natural Childhood Community] Life goals! Wouldn’t this be beautiful for a group to work on together. I love the idea of kids (and adults!) just stopping by for a spot of weaving.

Thanks for sharing Sarah Sarah Fuller] ❤️
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Parents and caregivers of young children say they've hit pandemic rock bottom 01/20/2022

Parents and caregivers of young children say they've hit pandemic rock bottom

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Parents and caregivers of young children say they've hit pandemic rock bottom The people who take care of and educate children under 5 years old, who are too young to be vaccinated, are in a special kind of hell right now.

01/20/2022

Have you registered yet?? Preview week begins on Monday, January 24th, when you can check out your courses for the Spring semester! If you have questions, please let Mrs. Williamson know! [email protected]

Photos from National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations's post 01/20/2022

Photos from National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations's post

10 Key Takeaways from the January 2022 Early Learning Summit 01/19/2022

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10 Key Takeaways from the January 2022 Early Learning Summit Here are the biggest learnings from the January 2022 HiMama Early Learning Summit supporting educators with professional development.

01/17/2022

PERSONALIZED HEART ART

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01/17/2022

You can't go wrong with Teddy Bear Toast!

01/17/2022

•10 Nature Heart Activities for Valentine’s Day•
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite nature heart activities for kids! These activities include simple and beautiful nature crafts, sensory activities, fine motor work, learning activities and handmade Valentine’s that will melt hearts!
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Get the details here ❤️ https://littlepinelearners.com/10-nature-heart-activities-for-kids/

01/16/2022

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Fill your art area with bins of these amazing materials and watch the magic of process art right in front of your eyes.

You don't need to put them all out at once. Rotate 7-8 each week and watch the children's faces light up with curiosity and excitement.

Art time doesn't need to be about cutesy crafts or hundreds of dollars in ink (printed from your very own printer.)

Process art teaches children how to manipulate objects and materials in their own way, to create something from their imagination, an then tell you about it!

It teaches curiosity, communication, language, exploration, science, math, sensory, social skills... and so much more!

Photos from The Nurturing Nook's post 01/13/2022

Photos from The Nurturing Nook's post

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Timeline photos 01/06/2022

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"It's OK to struggle."

In difficult moments, teacher Britt reminds students of all the techniques they have at their disposal!

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