Archive for Author: RaisingArizonaPreschool

What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

“Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” (CASEL) “A...

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Spring Family Activities by Lexi

We’ve reached that beautiful time of year again in Arizona – Spring! From February to May Phoenicians are blessed with that gorgeous weather that makes you happy to be living in Phoenix – and eager to have your kids spend as much time outside before that summer heat...

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Meditation and Mindfulness of Children

 Meditations, yoga, and other mindfulness methods are cropping up in school across the country.  Research has shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can build attentiveness, respect, self-control, and empathy.  Studies also suggest these techniques help to reduce stress, hyperactivity, ADHD symptoms, and depression. Giving children these...

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What is a CDA Credential?

A CDA (Child Development Associate) is a national credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. This credential requires formal training, experience, observation, exam and is awarded by the Council in Washington D.C. It is a sign of a highly qualified early childhood educator.  It a arduous process...

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Thankfulness of Children

Do you struggle with a child who has yet to learn appreciation or be grateful? Young children are very egocentric; they still believe the world revolves around them, so they do not understand the concept of gratitude. By learning gratitude, children become sensitive to feelings of others, develop empathy...

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