Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Child Development, Learning & Culture

Hello! In today's blog post I would like to share some resources, quotes, and sources for child development, learning, and culture.

One resource I use as a teacher with my students, with my parents, and personally is PBS' website has so much information and they are constantly updating their site. As an educator there is a wealth of information for children, parents, and the classroom. On their Child Development and Early Childhood Development site there is information for parents to track their child's development; there are parenting tools; there are videos; and there is information on how to talk to your kids. On the PBS website there is also a Parenting site. This site also has videos, book suggestions, and a link to subscribe to their monthly newsletter.  The other sites on PBS are Food & Fitness; Fun & Games; and Birthday Parties. I give my parents the links to these webpages for resources. Also, as an educator I use PBS frequently. Their Educator site is wonderful and has curriculum, videos, book suggestions, and images for use. The different sites are PBS Learning Media, Educators, PBS Educational Media, PBS Teachers, NOVA, PBS Newshour, Nature, PBS TeacherLine, Evolution, and lesson plans for The Supreme Court. I use this site for information and resources and I teach my students to use PBS because it is a safe site for children. For children PBS Kids is an awesome site. PBS Kids has games, videos, and homework help. I recommend this site to my students.

There are many websites and blogs for resources on child development and culture. One blog is by Larry Ferlazzo. His blog has information for educators for ESL, ELL, and EFL. He also lists sites for learning about the world's different cultures. I chose this site because I liked his "best of" lists with information. Another blog is by Anju Bhargava, Ph.D. entitled Child Development Connect: This is a Blog Dedicated to Promoting Optimal Cognitive, Physical, Social, and Emotional Development in Children. Dr. Bhargava has guests on her blog sharing information. I like this site because I like the different guests she has on speaking on different topics. One website that gives information on how culture influences child development is the Melody Arons Center website. On this page they discuss a recent book published by Zero to Three. I chose this site because Zero to Three teaches educators and parents how to nurture children and their development. In the January 2009 edition of SGI Quarterly they feature articles on Parents & Children, Parenting Across Cultures, and more. I chose this website because SGI Quarterly approaches things from a Buddhist standpoint on peace, culture, and education. I like this because they encourage their members to live constructive lives and contribute positively to society. Another blog discussing the influence of culture is a student named Shima's blog. She is a student at a university in Vancouver. On her post regarding the influence of culture she describes how to create a multicultural classroom. I chose this because it is so important that as educators we respect diversity and support all cultures.

There are many resources relating to child development and learning. One website is the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). On their site they list The 12 Principles of Child Development and Learning that Inform Practice. I chose this site because the NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. Another website is the Head Start website. They list The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. The revised framework document represents the foundation of the Head Start Approach to School Readiness. It aligns with and builds from the five essential, or core, domains of birth to five school readiness, to identify critical areas of learning and development for 3 to 5 year children, including dual language learners and children with disabilities. I chose this site because of the work they do for children ages birth to five from low-income families. 

"Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted." Garrison Keillor

"The soul is healed by being with children." Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot

"Truly wonderful the mind of a child is." Yoda

"Adversity gives birth to greatness. The greater the challenges and difficulties we face, the greater opportunity we have to grow and develop as people. A life without adversity, a life of ease and comfort, produces nothing and leaves us with nothing. This is one of the indisputable facts of life." Daisaku Ikeda, SGI President

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you! Cissy