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
Learn Strategies to Support Children with Autism
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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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