Maybe you’re a mommy who can’t find the perfect childcare center to trust your little one with, or maybe you’ve noticed a need in your community for quality childcare. Whatever your launch point, you’ve made the big decision to leap into the childcare business--and we applaud you for that! This should prove to be a rewarding and successful venture if you approach the planning process with a few tips in mind.
Technology in early childhood education?? Don’t our little ones already see us glued to our devices and screens enough? Don’t they already get exposed to too much technology too soon? We more than understand if you’re skeptical. But hear us out.
Two weeks ago we made our inaugural trip to the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference & expo in Orlando. What an inspiring & collaborative experience! The theme of this year’s event was “The Power of the Profession,” which absolutely captured the spirit of the impressive people, sessions, and organizations involved.
According to a 2015 survey done by Northwestern University, more than half of preschool teachers use tablet computers in the classroom, a number that doubled from a survey done just two years prior. This is an incredible statistic, considering that experts have long cautioned against the use of digital media with little ones. The American Academy of Pediatrics still warns against screen time for kids under 2, and recommends a limit for older kids to an hour per day of high-quality interactive media.
As a preschool teacher you juggle many tasks all day. Communicating with parents, reading to your class at circle time, tracking student progress, providing handwriting practice, quizzing students on the basics--there’s an app for that, right? Yep! From staying organized to making use of your classroom technology, here’s our guide to free back to school apps for preschool teachers.
You’re a preschool teacher, so we know you must be highly organized and creative, with excellent time management and multitasking skills. Basically as close to a superhero as they come. But even you could use a little help from technology! How do you keep track of late pickups and parent-teacher conference sign ups? What about posting photos of your kids’ latest art project, or jotting down an on-the-fly observation? Where do you get inspiration for fresh lesson ideas? How will you use the new set of iPads that were just donated to your school? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. As you head back to school this month, here are 5 tools you should be using in your preschool classroom.