This three-hour interactive training expands early childhood educators’ understanding of bullying behavior in young children. Participants learn how they can intervene when bullying occurs and what they can do to prevent bullying. The workshop addresses these questions:
What is bullying and why do some children bully others?
What does bullying behavior look like in young children and why should educators be concerned?
How is bullying different from aggression typically seen in young children?
How can adults curb aggressive and bullying behavior demonstrated by young children?
What strategies help prevent bullying behavior and promote more positive social interactions?
What are effective ways to build empathy in young children?
Cyber Monday continues all month in the AcornDreams store – 15% off all items! Social skills stickers, children’s music, an original book, and more make terrific gifts for teachers or for fun at home. Use the code DecemberPromo15 at checkout.
Screens here, screens there, screens, screens everywhere — in our pockets, on our phones, in our cars, and in our homes.
It can be hard to tear children away from the TV.
It’s no wonder National Screen-Free Week was created!
And it’s not just mobile devices, computers, and smartphones — TV screens are everywhere. You see them in the pediatrician’s waiting room, restaurants, convenience stores, banks, and car repair shops. Even movie theater lobbies have TVs running previews of movies!
Preschool age children spend between 2 and 4 1/2 hours using some sort of screen each day. However, according to the “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America” study (published by Common Sense Media’s Program for the Study of Children and Media), 74% of young children’s screen time is television. Although the use of apps and video games is on the rise, for preschool children, TV is still the number one screen of choice. [ more… ]
“Get back in the game, buddy!” calls out a dedicated dad when he sees his 4-year old athlete poking twigs in the ground to make a stick house.
Hmmm. Two kinds of play here. Soccer and imaginary twig towns.
Remember “Just Playing?”
Today’s young children certainly play more soccer and t-ball. They jump on bouncers, flap parachutes and scarves together, and clamber through ballpits in “play places.” Our children master video games created just for them and many maneuver a smart phone better than adults! There are fewer twig towns out there these days.
Playing in hay bale houses – interesting!
Do children play the same way today as we did when we were kids? [ more… ]
Posted on December 27, 2012 | by AcornDreams Staff
Although young children don’t benefit knowing the details of Sandy Hook, they can still be involved in acts of kindness. Making snowflakes to create a winter wonderland is a simple gesture that will welcome Sandy Hook children to their new school. Deadline is Jan. 12. Mail snowflakes to Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514.
It’s Never Too Early to Show Children the Joys of Giving
The “Gimme” Attitude
What gifts can young children give?
Lots of people love to talk about children being spoiled today, being raised with a sense of entitlement. Usually, we’re talking about other people’s spoiled children but not always.
Did Socrates have specific children in mind when he observed: “The children now love luxury…have bad manners, contempt for authority…disrespect to their elders….” ?
During the busy month of December, many caring adults work very hard to create special traditions and choose perfect gifts that will delight children – who will then appreciate and remember warm holiday experiences. You know, we’re making memories! It’s a lot of work.
What Really Makes Children Happy
How frustrating and disappointing when instead of sweet gratitude and general contentedness, children instead look around for ANOTHER present or are cranky or get overstimulated by our memory-making activities. [ more… ]
Posted on September 16, 2012 | by AcornDreams Staff
We’re interested in helping children grow up healthy and strong.
Growing strong kids can be hard these days. The right tools make any job easier. AcornDreams.com offers resources, support, and information for helping children grow up strong, healthy, and ready to flourish.
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Over one third of American children are overweight or obese. We’ve heard this for so long; the statement has almost lost its impact.
But really – one third?
Not only are overweight children more likely to feel bad about themselves, but they may well be on a path of on-going over-weight and diminished health.
Won’t Young Children “Outgrow” Being Overweight?
Some young children DO grow up and out of being overweight. But not all. Children who are overweight are more likely to be overweight adults. That means one third of our children are more likely to develop diabetes, liver and heart disease, asthma, cancer, sleep apnea, joint problems, and other health conditions.
What Causes Children To Be Overweight?
In addition to larger portion sizes, more processed and high calorie foods – changes in children’s snacking patterns contribute to the hefting of the nation’s children.
This is a short blog, so let’s look at one factor – the snacking – and what caring adults can do to protect children’s health. [ more… ]