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June 2019

Classroom Project Explores Pipes and Plumbing
 
 

Our latest project example, “Where Does the Water Go?” Investigating Pipes and Plumbing, took place in an inclusive early childhood classroom in Illinois. The children observed pipes both inside and outside the school, talked to plumbers, and constructed their own pipes. The IEL website has many examples of project work. Let us know if you have a project you want to share. We also invite you to join the Project Approach Facebook Group to discuss best practices for carrying out project work with young children.

 
Preschoolers Need More Physical Activity
 
 

In their blog, Pass the Ball Versus Pass the Remote: Supporting Preschoolers’ Physical Activity, Micki Ostrosky and Paddy Favazza describe the importance of engaging young children in physical activity. They include ideas for increasing opportunities to get children of all abilities engaged in fun physical activities. We also have an extensive resource list on Childhood Obesity.

 
Enjoy Summer Fun at Home
 
 

Summer can include lots of time playing outdoors and visiting with extended family. The IEL Project website provides many resources to support summer learning activities at home. Our tip sheets Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Getting Ready to Read!, Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Play with Light & Shadow, and Fun at Home with Preschoolers: Let’s Measure! include easy-to-use play activities to learn new skills and concepts.

 
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The IEL Project wants to hear from you to learn how we can best serve you through our Web-based resources. Please complete our online survey and let us know how we can support you in your role as a parent, caregiver, or teacher of young children.

 
Question Answering Service

The Illinois Early Learning Project provides reliable resources and information in response to your questions on the parenting, care, and education of young children in Illinois. To take advantage of this service, please call our toll-free number at (877) 275-3227 during business hours or send us your question using our online form.

 
Upcoming Conferences

5th Annual Birth-to-Third Grade (B3) Continuity Conference, June 12–13, Bloomington, IL

8th Annual Ounce of Prevention Policy Exchange Meeting, June 26–28, Chicago, IL

Zero to Three: “The Growing Brain” Training of Trainers, July 10–11, Chicago, IL

Sharing a Vision (SAV) Conference, October 2–4, East Peoria, IL

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Conference, October 1–4, Dallas, TX

Zero to Three Annual Conference, October 2–4, Hollywood, FL

 
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For more information about the Illinois Early Learning Project, contact us at (877) 275-3227 or iel@illinois.edu.