The Indiana Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help families during this time. Explore the resources here.
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Explore guides, developed by the Indiana Department of Education, to help families continue learning over the summer and understand how to embed these practices into their daily routines.
What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious
How to respect feelings without empowering fears
NEW RESOURCES TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFE IN AND AROUND CARS DURING COVID-19
Infants plus Nature: The Perfect Equation for Joyful Learning
The first time an infant knocks a cup of milk from the table, it’s an accident. The next time, it’s clearly intentional. Will the falling cup produce the same intriguing splash on the floor (and the same exciting noise from any adult nearby)?
Science is about forming and testing hypotheses. This is what babies do all the time! They are continually experimenting and investigating, fueled by curiosity and an innate drive to figure out their world. As long as these little investigators are surrounded by interesting things they will continue to explore and learn.
The natural world, with its constantly changing colors, textures, movements, and sounds, provides a uniquely stimulating environment for young children. Take a young child outside and you can just about see the “lights go on”. So why is it that this age group is mostly kept indoors? Read more.
Creating a Supportive Environment for Toddlers
Helping Your Child Thrive in Uncertain Times
Did you ever imagine you’d have to bring your vivacious toddler to work with you, let alone attend a business meeting with her on your lap? Taking care of a young child and working an office job are not exactly the best fit. For many parents, however, this has become the daily reality during the last months.
Toddlers are simply not programmed for office life. They demand (and deserve) a lot of focused attention and care. Responding to their needs is critical in fostering healthy development and learning, but this doesn’t mean you need to constantly entertain them. With a planned environment and schedule, toddlers can be completely satisfied playing independently.
Dr. Amy Sussna Klein, an experienced early childhood consultant, offers some helpful advice to parents and caregivers. Read more.
How Reading 5 Times a Day Dramatically Boosts Vocabulary by Kindergarten
Want to set a solid foundation for your children's academic future? Read to them multiple times a day, and they’ll enter kindergarten having heard more than a million words.
A study from The Ohio State University found that young children who are read to five times daily (it’s OK if books are repeated!) will hear nearly 1.5 million words by the time they turn 5 — boosting their language development and setting a strong foundation for school success.
Parents Guide to Developmental Milestones
Supporting Sensory Development
Helping Your Child to Thrive in Uncertain Times
Spinning, swinging, dancing, climbing . . . children come wired with an internal drive to move. When confined to a small space, like your home, this constant need can easily overwhelm caregivers. Before you try to restrict the activity, remember that for a child, physical activity is much more than just satisfying an urge for exercise.
Moving and exploring are a child’s way of directly engaging with the world and processing sensory input. This is vital in the healthy development of sensory integration which affects a child’s perceptions, behaviors, and learning. Children who can’t effectively regulate sensory stimulation often struggle with related challenging behaviors. Click here for strategies, from Alicia Noddings, Ph.D., that parents can employ to cultivate self-regulation and resiliency.