Volume 2, Issue 9
In This Issue
Learning Centers
Keep It Moving! Rotating Your Learning Centers to Keep Learning Fresh
Basic Premises of Classroom Design: The Teacher's Perspective
September Enrollment Events
Dates to Remember
 Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute September Newsletter!  This month CCEI discusses
 learning centers.
  Research has shown that children learn best through
  meaningful, hands-on interaction with challenging, 
  developmentally appropriate materials in a physically
  and emotionally safe environment.  Higher order
  learning takes place when children interact with
  hands-on materials for an extended period of  time. 
  This requires that learning centers be well equipped
  with materials that attract and hold the interest of 
  children.  However, even the best learning centers
  need to be continually refreshed to prevent boredom  
  and keep children motivated to learn and explore.

Have you ever noticed how something that is new and intriguing gets a lot of attention? New people you meet, new places you go, and new things you learn or see are all fascinating!  When these things become common place, it is easy to lose interest.  The same is true with the materials placed in classroom learning centers.  Children will lose interest in new things after repeated exposure.  Losing interest in something does not mean that the items are not valuable; they just do not present a challenge anymore.

The developmentally appropriate classroom is filled with equipment and materials that encourage children to explore, ask questions, and learn.  Keeping these areas fresh and appealing to children is an important task for the early childhood teacher.  When children lose interest, they often lose their motivation to explore and learn.

By including learning centers in the classroom, where materials are grouped together to encourage play and exploration, children's activities become meaningful to them. 

This month we will explore ways and share ideas on keeping your classroom learning centers alive and refreshed.  Be sure to logon to the CCEI Discussion Thread to share your best practices and learn about practices used by other early childhood professionals.

Online Learning Community Discussion Thread
  • What Block Center activities are used in your classroom?
  • What Dramatic Play Center props are used in your classroom?
  • What Science Center activities have been successful in your classroom?
  • How is the Reading Center incorporated in your classroom?

Logon to participate in the Online Learning Community Discussion Thread and share with other early childhood professional ideas
that have worked in your classroom.  In addition you will receive feedback from the CCEI faculty.

  • Are your learning centers full of life, learning, and laughter?
  • Are children excited about the new things they see in them?
  • Do you often add materials that reflect the current interests   of the children?
If you answered "No" to any of those questions, CCEI450B will help you "Liven Up Your Learning Centers!"  Even if you answered "Yes" to some of those questions, this course will offer you ideas to help keep your learning centers lively and add new specialty centers.  Enroll in this or one of the over 120 courses provided by CCEI.
Keep It Moving!  Rotating Your Learning Centers to Keep Learning Fresh
By Susan A. Miller, Ed.D
  During the past few weeks, Mrs. Marcy has noticed that
  the preschoolers seldom ever went near the sand play
  center, a learning center previously so popular that
  she had to add extra toys to accommodate all of the
  children eager to play there. It was time to evaluate what
  happened to this once-favorite learning spot.
  Read Article

  Printed courtesy of  Early Childhood News
Basic Premises of Classroom Design: The Teacher's Perspective
By Terri Jo Swim, Ph.D
  It's that time of year-Fall. You and the children have 
  settled into the daily routine. The curriculum is in full
  swing and learning is occurring all around the room.
  But is it optimal learning? What aspects of your work
  would you need to consider in addressing this
  question? Is it about the curricular experiences you
  have planned? Or is it about the physical layout of the
  classroom? Or could it be the types of materials you
  have provided the children? Or, still, could it be about
  the relationships you have developed with the children
  and their families? Given the importance of the
  physical environment, this article will consider how the
  physical environment influences the children's learning
  and development. More specifically, the focus of this
  article is on answering the question: How do teachers
  create meaningful learning environments for themselves
  and the children?

  Read Article
  Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News

 Professional Development*

Meet your professional development requirements with CCEI's flexible and convenient Professional Development courses. Now, an individual annual subscription is only $49, which gives you access to over 120 online courses 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our online courses eliminate transportation costs, are completed at your convenience, and are offered in both English and Spanish.

CCEI also offers a Center Based Subscription Program, that allows you to train your staff for the entire year, at one low price. The $999 subscription provides unlimited access to 120 courses for up to 50 users. This month, get an Online CDA program, a $750 value, for no additional charge with the purchase of a 50 user center based subscription. 

Child Development Associate Certificate Programs*

Earn your Online CDA and save over $350 during the September Enrollment Event! For only $499, CCEI's Online CDA allows you to work independently at your convenience with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Instructor Supported CDA provides each student with the added benefit of an Education Coach. The Education Coach is an experienced child care professional available to assist you with coursework and preparing for the credential application. Directors, enroll your staff today and save! Enroll two teachers at the regular price and receive a voucher to enroll a third teacher at no charge, with CCEI's "Three Pack" September Enrollment Event.  

The Head Start Parenting Certificate is designed to provide parents the opportunity to enhance their parenting skills by understanding the developmental and educational needs of their children.  Save during the September enrollment event, and earn your Head Start Parenting Certificate for $99.

Director's Certificate*

CCEI provides a specialized professional development certificate for the child care director. The Director's Certificate (DC) coursework concentrates on core competencies that facilitate the management of your child care center. Save 30% during the September Enrollment Event and start earning your Director's Certificate today!

Earn college credit while completing your Director's Certificate! CCEI offers coursework that provides students the opportunity to pursue their Early Childhood Associates Degree through the University of Cincinnati. Save 30% off the regular tuition price of this certificate program during the September Enrollment Event! Earn your Director's Certificate and credit towards your college degree!

Call CCEI today at 1.888.418.5358 to enroll!  Visit us online at www.cceionline.com

* Some restrictions apply. Offers expire September 30, 2007. Offers not available in Florida, New York, Connecticut, and Idaho. Offers cannot be combined with other promotions or scholarship programs. Contact CCEI for details.

Calendar of Events

September 28, 29 - Visit CCEI at the Early Childhood Association of Florida's Annual Conference at the Double Tree in Orlando, Florida.

October 12, 13 - Visit CCEI at the Georgia Association of Young Children 2007 Annual Conference at Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Georgia.

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Coming in next month's issue...Brain Development and Learning.

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