There are roughly seven billion people in the world, each with their own thoughts, opinions, emotions, and agendas. So how do we all learn to get along? Unfortunately, we don’t all master this ability as is evident in national clashes, world wars, and everyday conflicts. Yet, a large number of people come to understand the importance of compromise and coexistence. We are socialized from the time of birth, receiving both unconscious and explicit messages about how to get along with others. Teachers of infants, toddlers, and twos are in an especially important position to impact how children learn to interact with one another.
As I have watched my daughter, Carly, grow up, I have often marveled at her perspective on the world around her. Young children truly see the world from a different point of view, both because they are smaller than the adults towering around them, and because they bring their own unique ideas to their experiences.
Technology is ubiquitous in our modern day lives. How many of us feel like we are “missing something” if we don’t have our cell phone in our hands, or nearby? How many electronic gadgets do we use each day—tablets, MP3 players, cell phones, computers, DVRs, the Internet or e-books?
Imagine the room in your home where you feel the most comfortable—the place you would go to when you want to read a book or relax as you listen to music. What is it about that room that makes you feel at ease? Maybe it’s the calming color of the paint on the walls or the peaceful décor. Perhaps it’s a comfy armchair or a window that overlooks a pleasant garden. Whatever it may be, something about that room is inviting to you.
UPDATED January 22, 2014: Our new Teaching Guides are now available for order through our website. Learn more.
We are so excited to share a behind-the-scenes look at how we developed our upcoming Teaching Guides. Soon, we will be releasing two new Teaching Guides – Music Making and Boxes. Here’s a sneak peak of what you will see, and how we developed these fun new study topics.