Volume 4, Issue 8
In This Issue
The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom
An Environment that Positively Impacts Young Children
Creating Indoor Environments for Young Children
CCEI Alumni Profile
CCEI Radio!
Professional Development
Back to School Promo! Online Self Study CDA, Only $499!
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute August Newsletter.
This month, CCEI discusses 'The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom'.


Have you ever wondered what your classroom says about you and your students?  What would an outsider's first impression be of your classroom?  Is your room filled with engaging materials?  Is your curriculum appropriate?  Do you plan for transitions? Do you use positive guidance with the children?   

All of these factors work together to build a classroom that is developmentally appropriate - a place that is comfortable, safe, and secure. The developmentally appropriate classroom is a carefully planned room where children can initiate learning. It is a place that meets the needs of the children and provides materials that are age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate.

Research has shown that children in developmentally appropriate programs are less stressed, less anxious about tests, better creative thinkers, and better communicators. However, children have a number of limitations depending on their developmental level.  Educators must ensure that children are provided with an age appropriate, individually appropriate, and culturally appropriate environment.
 
There are many aspects involved in making a classroom developmentally appropriate, including: the physical environment, curriculum, teacher involvement and parent involvement. These aspects should be integrated so children get the best experience possible from their classrooms.

The developmentally appropriate classroom is a safe, secure, and stimulating place where each child can grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Classrooms should consist of developmentally appropriate materials and learning centers for the children to explore. The general
atmosphere of the classroom should be relaxed because children learn more when they feel psychologically safe.

Curriculum must be developmentally appropriate, fun, and challenging enough for the children. Group direction and waiting times for young children should be limited and appropriate transition activities should be provided.  The classroom and curriculum should celebrate each child's uniqueness and family background. 

Teachers should also interact with the children and lead them in a positive manner to encourage their self-esteem and help teach them problem solving and cooperation.  Every so often, we need to take an objective look at our rooms to see if we are doing our best in each area.

When you apply all these principles, you will create developmentally appropriate classrooms that are fun, exciting, and effective. Are you ready to plan a developmentally appropriate classroom?
Whether you're starting a classroom from scratch or making additions to the one you have now, it's a lot easier than it may seem! 

To learn more about how to create a developmentally appropriate classroom, CCEI offers the course CCEI350 - The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom.  Log in today and take the course to learn how to implement developmentally appropriate practices in your classroom or you can also join the CCEI
Discussion Thread and share your ideas with other early childhood professionals.
An Environment that Positively Impacts Young Children
By: Rebecaa Isbell, Ed.D.
  Jessica, age four, enters her new preschool classroom
  for the very first time. She looks around and tries to
  determine what happens in this space? Does she
  belong here? Will it be an interesting place to spend
  her days? Will she be supported as she grows and
  develops? Jessica will discover the answers through
  her interactions with the physical environment of her
  classroom. If she spends her day in an effectively
  designed environment, Jessica will be physically,
  emotionally, aesthetically, and intellectually nurtured.
  This appropriate environment can maximize her
  intellectual potential and provide a foundation for the
  development of her emotional security.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
Creating Indoor Environments for Young Children
By: Francis Wardle, Ph.D.

An early childhood environment is many things: It's a safe place where children are protected from the elements and are easily supervised, and it's where the important activities of the day take place, such as playing, eating, sleeping, washing hands, and going to the bathroom. Beyond the basics, however, an environment for young children implements and supports a program's philosophy and curriculum.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News

Tina Huyler, Hickson, Tennessee
  Tina Huyler, of Hixson, Tennessee, is a recent
  CCEI CDA graduate. Tina began her career
  in early child care 13 years ago when she was
  given the opportunity to teach children and
  spend time with her young son. Currently,
  Tina is teaching a class of four and five
  year-olds. Her favorite time of the day is
  activity time, when the children are involved in
  hands-on activities including science, art, and
  cooking projects. This is also the children's
  favorite time of day! Recently, they spent an
  afternoon outside hunting for earth worms. The children explored questions, such as 'Why are the worms cold?', 'Where are their eyes?', 'How do they eat?". This week, the class is focused on Ocean Exploration and the children are learning about sea life and even making a beach in a bottle!

Tina enjoys watching and contributing to the excitement the children have throughout the day, especially the way they light up when arriving to school and all the big hugs they give! One of Tina's goals is to get the parents involved in the center and get them excited about what their children are doing in the care of others.

In her free time, Tina loves spending her time with her family, including her two sons. They love to take the boat out on the lake, fish, and play baseball in the front yard! Time is flying by for Tina; her oldest son just started high school and is asking about a learner's permit! In the future, Tina would like to grow her career and become an assistant director or director of a child care center. She also dreams of pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Education!

Congratulations to Tina for graduating from the CCEI CDA program. Thank you for your contribution to the early education of children in your care!
This month, CCEI Radio features an interview with Rae Pica and Dorothy Rich, Ed. D.,
'11 Critical MegaSkills® a Child Needs to Succeed'. This interview defines MegaSkills® and the long term effects they have on the success of a child. MegaSkills® are the catalysts for building motivation and achievement in school and in life. Listen today to learn how you can develop a child's MegaSkills® and create successful learning experiences that last a lifetime.

Rae Pica, Executive Director - Moving & Learning, is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in early childhood physical activity. Rae is also a contributing author of CCEI professional development coursework. Dr. Dorothy Rich is founder and president of Home and School Institute (HSI), a non-profit organization dedicated to building achievement in school and beyond. Dr. Rich is the author of the original MegaSkills® publications and the creator of the MegaSkills® training programs, used by more than four thousand schools across the United States and abroad.

Listening to CCEI Radio is Easy! Go to www.cceionline.com and click the CCEI Radio button on the right hand side of the website. Make sure to check CCEI's website every month for a new interview that is relevant to your career in the early childhood industry!

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CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs meet the clock hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, needed to apply for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. CCEI's CDA Programs focus on the six CDA Competency Standards established by The Council and contain the required hours in each of the eight specified content areas.  Each hour of completed coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU. CCEI offers three CDA programs. The CCEI Online Self Study CDA, promotionally priced at $499 for the month of August, is designed for students who are comfortable with an online learning environment and can successfully complete work independently.  The Online Instructor Supported CDA Certificate, available in English and Spanish, provides students with extra support from a CCEI Education Coach (EC).  Each EC is an early childhood specialist and has previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students seeking college credit should enroll in the College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to earn 26 quarter-hour credits at Kendall College.

For a limited time, students enrolling in the Online Self Study CDA Certificate will receive the promotional price of $499, a savings of over 30%. Click here to enroll online.

*The $499 pricing is for the Online Self Study CDA program only. Promotion expires August 31, 2009.
September 9-11, 2009. Primrose Schools Conference, Tucson, Arizona.
September 24, 25, 26, 27. ECA Florida Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

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