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NEW Activities that Foster a Sense of Belonging

Build a Sense of Belonging in the Early Childhood ClassroomPosted onMay 22, 2018by By Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., author of the Learning About Me & You,Learning to Get Along®, and Being the Best Me series. Mr. Rogers was a strong advocate for children. In his much acclaimed and long running television show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, he treated children gently and warmly and made them feel that they were a part of his intimate circle of friends. Mr. Rogers understood that a sense of belonging is a basic human need and that it is vital to children’s social and emotional development. He assured children regularly, “I like you just the way you are.” Mr. Rogers addressed the following three important aspects of belonging that helped children feel like they belonged to a community of caring people and that they were an integral part of it: a place to gosomething to dosomeone to help With these three aspects of belonging in mind, let’s take a look at what Mr. Rogers did and ho…

Tips and a FREE ACTIVITY to help kids Grow Strong!

By Cheri J. Meiners, author of the Learning to Get Along®andBeing the Best Me! series Children, though young and small, have within them everything they need to grow to adulthood. As children learn to love and appreciate their amazing bodies, they will likely find motivation to develop healthy habits for building and maintaining wellness. Some of these key habits are eating healthy foods, especially those from plants; drinking clean water; moving and exercising in the fresh air and sunshine; and getting plenty of sleep. Establishing patterns of good eating, exercise, and sleep requires self-discipline, which will aid children in building strong muscles and bones, making friends, learning well, and feeling a greater sense of control over their lives. Here are some important, common-sense principles that children can begin to incorporate into their routines now. At the end of this post, there is an activity to do with kids to help reinforce these healthy concepts. Healthy Eating
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