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August 2019

New Benchmark Videos Highlight STEAM Activities
 
 

Are you looking for examples of developmentally appropriate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) activities? Check out our newest videos Look at It Go!, Looks Swampy, and You’ve Got Blue Hands, which show children experimenting with homemade slime at the science table. IEL benchmark videos are free to use during family engagement and professional development programs for early care and education staff members and families. In addition, the videos include explanations of how children meet various benchmarks in the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards and are a great addition to university courses.

Open-Ended Questions Build Expressive Language Skills

Young children need opportunities to talk with others to build their language skills. Changing the way you ask questions can encourage young children to use their expressive language skills. In her latest blog, Dr. Rebecca Swartz explains the importance of open-ended questions and phrases to encourage children to share their ideas and feelings.

Focus on Building Relationships at the Start of the New School Year
 
 

The new school year is a great time to focus on building positive relationships among children, teachers, and families. Several IEL tip sheets highlight strategies for promoting these important relationships. We encourage you to share Supporting Adult-Child Relationships, Work and Play Together, Connecting with Parents, and When the Teacher Calls … with families and colleagues. These tip sheets are available in multiple languages. Tip sheets can be downloaded directly from the website or you can place an order to receive printed versions by mail.

Learn Strategies to Support Children with Autism
 
 

Did you know the Illinois Early Learning Project is part of the Early Childhood Collective at the University of Illinois? So is the Military Family Learning Network’s Family Development Early Intervention Team. Explore its free series of webinars titled Sunrise to Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day and learn effective strategies to help children with autism.

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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

Illinois Developmental Therapy Association Conference, September 13, Palos Hills, IL

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

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

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

National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, November 20–23, Nashville, TN

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