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October 2020

 
 
Children Wonder … What If?
 
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The COVID-19 pandemic, and its associated social distancing practices, can leave many young children wondering how to handle confusing situations. “What if I have to sneeze?” “What if someone wants to touch my mask?” “What if someone teases me about my face covering?” Knowing that many parents, caregivers, and teachers will be answering these questions, we have created a series of educational slides to use when presenting them to children. Use these slides one at a time or as a full set to teach children how to handle stressful situations. The slides can be shown on small screens such as tablets, displayed on larger screens for in-person learning, or shown in virtual classrooms. You can find these in the Q&A section of our website or on our COVID-19 Resources page.

 
 
Autumn Has Arrived!
 
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The change in seasons provides many learning opportunities because there is so much for children to observe simply by looking outside. As an added bonus, most of these learning activities can easily be done while social distancing! For a few ideas of where to begin, check out these IEL resources:

 
 
 
Unpacking the Pyramid Model: A Practical Guide for Preschool Teachers
 
 

Unpacking the Pyramid Model: A Practical Guide for Preschool Teachers is the first book to provide a comprehensive, step-by-step overview of the Pyramid Model for children ages 2–5. The principal investigator for Illinois Early Learning, Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky, is one of the authors of this important new release.

 
 
EITP Offers Resources on Stress, Self-Care
 
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Our personal and professional lives may feel a bit chaotic and possibly uncertain right now, and it may seem as though we are all just “getting by.” This comprehensive resource list on stress management and self-care, available from the Early Intervention Training Program, includes website links, videos, and short articles such as Mayo Clinic’s Stress Relief from Laughter? It’s No Joke and Mindful.Org’s Zoom Exhaustion Is Real – Here Are Six Ways to Find Balance and Stay Connected. These may be helpful with early intervention/early childhood personnel during meetings or with parents/family members.

 
 
We Want to Hear from You!
 
 

Are you new to Illinois Early Learning or have you been visiting our site and reading our materials for years? We want to hear from you! We have updated our user survey and would love for you to let us know your thoughts.

 
 
Upcoming Conferences
 
 

ILAEYC Growing Futures, October 22–24, virtual event

Division for Early Childhood, January 21–29, 2021, virtual event

Given the implications of COVID-19, many conferences and professional development offerings have been canceled. It is best to check with the sponsor before making plans to attend any event in the near future.

 
 
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