ECYD Program Newsletter: November 2014


Now the autumn days are gone 
Frost is sparkling on the lawn, 
Windows winking cheerful lights 
Warm the cold November nights.

You’ll want to read the NOVEMBER ECYD PROGRAM NEWSLETTER to stay in the know. This month’s newsletter covers topics such as: Students in the News (Pumpkin Contest-ECYD Club), Spring Registration, Practicum I and II, Winter Weather, Working Together in the Lab, and MNAEYC-MNSACA Early Childhood Conference.

Career Crossings: 10/31/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from River Hills Early Childhood Center (Burnsville, MN).download Read more »

Early Childhood Ideas and Resources

facebookfacebook crayons headerWe’re on Facebook! If you enjoy early childhood ideas and resources at your fingertips, you’ll like our Facebook page.  Check us out today and ‘Like’ our page! We post current early childhood research, events and happenings, as well as curriculum and environment ideas. There’s some humor added in once in a while too! We hope that our page inspires you while also providing bits of professional development and connecting you to early childhood resources.

Scoopy Doop

Play Counts: Scoopy Doop

Open-ended, child-initiated play is crucial for young children. That being said, teachers can (and should) ask thought-provoking questions and make slight suggestions to scaffold the child’s thought process during play to extend the learning. Check out THIS LINK for an example of this. Notice how the teacher allows the children to problem-solve a solution. Being bored or not knowing how at first is not a bad thing!

Career Crossings: 10/24/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Sandcastle Child Care (St. Paul). Read more »

Spring Early Childhood Courses @ DCTC

CURRENT STUDENTS: We’re offering many early childhood courses this spring that may be of interest to you. Spring semester officially begins on Jan. 10th, but registration is currently open. In others words, if you’re looking to obtain a seat in class, now is the time to register – before classes fill! You can find the entire list of offerings and schedules HERE.

 REQUIRED Early Childhood (ECYD) Courses 
1100 Intro to Early Childhood Careers
1210 Child Growth & Development
1220 Health, Safety, & Nutrition
1230 Guiding Children’s Behaviors
1240 Learning Environments & Curriculum
1325 Observation and Assessment
1340 Curriculum Planning
1510 Practicum I
2320 Children w/ Differing Abilities
2510 Practicum II
2570 Working w/ Diverse Families & Children
2600 Organizational Leadership
2900 Field Experience

ELECTIVE Early Childhood (ECYD) Courses 
2500 Shadow Study
2580 Creative Development Experiences
*Courses that are in the Required list but are not included in your program as required could also be used as Technical Electives.

NEW STUDENTS: Are you considering our Early Childhood program? Wonderful! You’ll want to begin HERE and also contact an early childhood advisor (see below) for registration guidance and access to your program plan. As a tip for spring semester, begin with any developmental courses you may need (English/Math) depending on your Accuplacer assessment results. Otherwise, take your ENGL requirement and other Gen. Eds. You’ll want to take 1100, 1210, and 1220 in fall semester. Doing it in this sequence will get you on the best track for completion.

Dawn Braa

Sharon Bergen

WINNER! Free Book Giveaway


Three winners were selected at random for the FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY.

The lucky WINNERS are Lorinda B., Michelle G., and Amy B.!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to GOFFIN STRATEGY GROUP for the wonderful donations!

Child Life Course @ DCTC Spring 2015

Are you in need of one child life class, taught by a CCLS, that meets the 6 requirements put forth by the CLC? We offer such a class at Dakota County Technical College! I have included the steps for what you will need to do to register for our spring semester online child life course- ECYD 2900 Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice (3cr). This course meets the 6 required components required by the Child Life Council and is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. Read more »

Adventures in Eating Recipe #18 (Apple Waldorf Salad)

Apple Waldorf Salad

Adventures in Eating: Role Modeling

When my daughter was three, she created a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. She was so excited to have me try it. Needless to say, I was not very excited to do so!  My daughter was not very adventurous when it came to trying new foods and I knew this was the perfect teachable moment.  Rather than saying, “No, it looks awful”, I said, “I’ve never tried a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. It’s good to try new foods! Let’s give it a try.”

I had taken this opportunity to role model tasting new foods. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or someone who is around young children, it is important for you to remember children are watching what you eat and how active you are. Here are a few tips on how to be a model healthy food choices and physical activity:

role modelBe a Good Food Role Model – Try new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal when your child is very hungry. Avoid Read more »