“I want to have my diaper changed after my brother” “I’ll start my diet after the weekend” Both sentences reflect choice and sense of control. But are separated by the time and the experiences that turn us from a child
The Pygmalion effect: The power of teacher expectations
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Annemiek Hoppenbrouwers. In 1968, two American teachers (Robert Rosenthal and Leonore Jacobson) performed an experiment with the children in their school . At the start of the school year, all
Number symbols in preschool (0, 1, 2, …, 9)
Our guest blogger is Sanne Rathé. She wrote a PhD on the role of spontaneous attention to Arabic numerals in the mathematical development of young children. Wassim (4 years old) is immensely fascinated by number symbols such as 0, 1,
When I grow up, I want to be…
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Bodine Romijn. When I grow up, I want to be… What did you used to answer when a grown up asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Promoting children’s participation? Yes, but how?
Participation as a right: 3 important aspects What is children’s right to participation? According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child , all children, regardless of age or maturity, have the right to freely express their ideas and
What is the best strategy to deal with conflicts in the preschool classroom?
This blog message was written by Astrid Cornelis (Thomas More, Belgium). What if you put cameras on some preschoolers’ heads to record how conflicts unfold? That’s what researchers at The Ohio State University did (Myrtill et al., 2021). They investigated
Helping children relax
Based on the Dutch Early Years Blog written by Tamara Wally. We ask a lot of young children, sometimes without even knowing it. In class they hear sounds and noise all day long. We tell them to be considerate
How to enjoy books and stories through trains, little free libraries and walks!
If we want to increase our children’s literacy competences, we should start by strengthening the reading culture inside their families. In Flanders (Belgium), literacy is a top priority for education and child care, which should not be postponed until after
Emotional abuse of children
Early morning. Nursery cloakroom. The nervous mom quickly and tensely unbuttons Jack’s jacket. The boy stands motionless, as if absent, tugged by his mother’s impatient moves. Nothing seems to be happening, but the teacher is worried about it… How to
Early heroes: Early Childhood Education with preterm children
Prematurity is the leading cause of peri and postpartum morbidity and mortality. About 9% of newborns are born prematurely, that is, born with less than 37 weeks of gestational age (GA). The number of gestational weeks determines the development and