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Hi Cindy, How are you today? :)
I am a first year infant/toddler teacher. I am in WV, but I would assume most basic regulations are the same. I have a book with the infant/toddler framework under broad categories of: Approaches to Learning, Creative Expression, Cognitive, Language/Literacy, Social/Emotional, and Motor. Is there an easy or productive way that I can make sure I am giving my kids all of these and at the most use to them everyday? I am also new to 6 weeks to 24 month classrooms. Any help would be appreciated!

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Hi Dawn,

First, what a caring teacher you must be to ask this! The children in your care are lucky!

Here is my answer and I hope it helps.

Approaches to learning:

Know development of children. Where are they? What are their interests?
Remember their individuals and what you provide must be tailored for each child.
Know their culture. So much diversity today and changing families, know this for each child.

Creativity

Research is indicating that kids are losing this. Technology is part of the reason why...busy lives, another.

Don't give answers all the time. Ask more questions.
Find answers together.
Don't correct.
Accept failure as learning.
Focus on effort, not outcome.
Build trust.
Fill the room with open ended opportunities...games and art! Best place for ideas: Mary Anne Kohl and Creative Curriculum.

Cognitive

Sing a lot!
Count
Listen and name sounds inside and outside
Rather than "her is your cup," say "her is your red cup."
Give choices
Use ordinary objects for play.

Language/Literacy

Talk!
Read!
Label things in the classroom
Take dictation
Make books that mean something to the child
Make class books to send home and return
Engage
Use rich language
Remember emotion words and use them.
Use props in play.
Make signs.

Motor

Practice!
know how skills are developed.
Let them do it....Pour, wash tables, etc
Exercise.
Walking.
Chase games!
Watch me and try this games!
Post pictures and label actions!

Good luck. Have fun..and be yourself. You will be great!

Cindy Caporaso, M.Ed  

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I can answer questions in various areas of child development including ages and stages, how to foster growth in the development of young children, what to look for in early childhood centers and in early childhood providers. and ways to stimulate a child`s natural curiosity. I am fully versed in the Creative Curriculum and teach CDA for all age groups.

Experience

I have worked extensively in Early Childhood education leading extensive trainings for early childhood educators including the 120 hour National CDA program for both infant-toddler and preschool professionals. I have served in a variety of leadership roles throughout my career in early childhood, school-age and camp settings. in In my past role as a school-age child care Site Director, I planned, coordinated, and led activities for 40+ children. My responsibilities included the training and supervision of staff members. I also participated in the training, mentoring and supervision of high school students in an educational setting. Presently, I work in a faith based program as Director of Children's Ministries while continuing to work as a teacher in a school-age before and after school program.

Organizations
NAEYC

Publications
I love to write. At this time, I have completed four faith-based children's books and hope to be published one day. My most recent work, titled "God's Table is For Me," is a rhyming pictorial book about Communion. Some of my original art ideas are included in "Primary Art" by MaryAnne F. Kohl.

Education/Credentials
I hold a B.A. degree in Education from Moravian College. My graduate work in Human Development and Community Counseling was completed at Lehigh University. Along with taking Theology classes at The Center for Lifelong Learning at the Drew Theological School, I completed a year long certificate program in Theology and Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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