Illinois STAR NET provides a variety of opportunities for personal and professional growth for those who touch the lives of young children, ages birth through eight, with an emphasis on children with special needs. STAR NET supports family-centered, researched and effective practices in early childhood education and care.In this podcast series, produced by STAR NET Regions I&III, we provide various informational episodes focused on our workshops, current topics, and other concepts focused on working with young children with special needs.
DAP Series, Episode 8, No More Worksheets for Math, DAP Ways to Support Math Learning in Early Childhood with Sherial McKinney
In this episode, Sherial McKinney, retired early childhood educator and current Resource Specialist with STAR NET Regions I and III, shares her knowledge about ways to make math learning fun and meaningful in the early childhood years. Listening to this episode will prompt educators and families to get creative in using natural opportunities and available resources to support math learning.
Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-K, Part 1 (APPLES Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mKAdg2Oq_I&t=172s
Meaningful Math Activities in Pre-k, Part 2 (APPLES Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuuXWaSdl3s
DREME, Development and Research in Early Math Education: https://dreme.stanford.edu/projects/early-math-resources-teacher-educators
Early Math Collaborative Idea Library: https://earlymath.erikson.edu/idea/
Register for Day Camp, June 10, 2022: https://starnet.org/home/events/day-camp-mathematical-concepts/
Grief and Loss in Young Children
Young children experience grief and loss in a variety of ways. In this episode of the STAR NET Regions I and III podcast, Emily Reilly chats with Elizabeth Frisbie, an early childhood mental health consultant in Illinois, about grief and loss from a developmental perspective and how adults, both professionals and family members, can talk to children and support them through the grief process.
Session Notes (Resources):
Illinois Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/OECD/Pages/Illinois-Infant-Early-Childhood-Mental-Health-Consultation.aspx
When Someone Your Child Loves Dies (Fred Rogers Centers): https://www.fredrogerscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/exceladocument.pdf
Grief Resource List compiled by Elizabeth Frisbie
DAP Series, Episode 7, DAP and Math Content Learning with Dr. Sallee Beneke
In this episode of the DAP series, Emily Reilly talks with Dr. Sallee Beneke about how to support math content learning with preschool children in developmentally appropriate ways. Dr. Benekee also explains from a developmental perspective why the use of calendar time is not an engaging strategy for teaching math concepts in the preschool years.
Article, co-authored by Sallee Beneke: Calendar Time for Young Children: Good Intentions Gone Awry, https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/pubs/calendartime.pdf
Video, Rearview Mirror, Dr. Sallee Beneke reflects on learning with the use of project approach: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/pa/project-resources/rearview-mirror/
Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories: Early Math Birth to 3rd grade: https://www.learningtrajectories.org/
Erikson Institute Early Collaborative: https://earlymath.erikson.edu/
I Wonder...Sensory Stimuli
In this podcast, join us as we explore some of the different stimuli in our environments that can have an impact on how young children experience our world.
For more information about sensory considerations, register for our TED-Ed lesson on Understanding Sensory Processing. Click this link to register: https://starnet.org/home/events/sensory-processing-ted-ed/
DAP Series, Episode 6, Perspectives on DAP with Angelica Taylor
Description: In this episode of the DAP series, Emily Reilly interviews Angelica Taylor, Doctoral Student at University of Illinois, about her perspectives and experience with using DAP in her work.
Episode notes: DAP Position Statement: https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/position-statements/dap-statement_0.pdf
A Discussion on Play
In this episode, we talk with Beth Ladd from the Urbana Early Childhood School on her experiences with play in early childhood.