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Planning for the School Year

Whether you're still in the classroom over the summer or not, planning is always important, and back to school time is a good time to plan.  Back-to-school dates vary from state to state, but most schools and pre-kindergarten programs start somewhere in the next 5-7 weeks. The best way to ensure you have a great school year is to start planning now! Most veteran teachers and experienced childcare providers have a good idea of what they need to do to get ready for the school year, but it's always good to know how you can help the children feel most comfortable in their new environment.

Classroom arrangement is one of the most important aspects of a positive and productive environment. The right arrangement can maximize learning, minimize behavior problems, and accommodate a potentially increasing class size. Experienced educators agree that the best arrangements will allow you to walk freely through the classroom so you can easily answer individual questions, stop to help students on a more personal level, and offer adequate supervision as you walk around. Your classroom is your home away from, and It's important that it reflects your personality as a teacher, and the beliefs and philosophies you want to instill in your students. You will need to assess what you've got to work with, create or modify activity areas, and add and arrange furnishings that will facilitate the activities. As you assess your classroom space, remember that it is a work place and it should provide adequate light and air, noise control, and storage areas for you and your students.

As you plan the look and feel of your classroom, keep in mind the environment you want to create for your students. Creating a welcoming environment is a simple and extremely effective way to promote a child's ability to adapt and adjust. The more welcome a child feels in a new environment, they faster they will overcome any fears or anxieties they may have when entering that new environment. Providing a smooth transition between home and school requires teachers and early childhood professionals to help children feel confident about themselves, and to trust other adults and new children around them. Other important tips to planning for the school year include:
  • Establish the Rules: If you want discipline to work during the year, start off by establishing class rules from the start
  • Plan Lessons: Develop your lessons in advance, and then build off of key themes as the school year approaches
  • Get Organized: Organize personal files, and familiarize yourself with school policies
  • Improve Yourself: Determine one area you would like to improve as a teacher or child care provider in the coming year, and set goals on how to meet those expectations
School transitions can be a tough time for parents, children, and teachers alike. While experience helps to ease transitions, change can still be stressful. Planning is a key component of any successful life endeavor, especially when it comes to teaching. Preparing for the school year in advance and having a plan will help everyone involved, and will make your life less stressful in the long run. Think about how you want the school year to play out, and then start taking action to make those goals a reality.

Back to School Checklist
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A successful classroom invites students to question and explore. It helps to set up an elementary class in sections: One for read-aloud time, one for the classroom library, one for science activities and hands-on learning, one for the students' belongings, etc. For secondary students, it helps having specific areas where they know they can find assignments, see what's planned for the day, and get books for specific subjects. View Article 

Back to School Safety
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Back to school time can be stressful and overwhelming for everyone, but it's important to be reminded of all safety procedures for children. Remember to safely share the roads with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists, and provide children with the knowledge to stay safe at school. Injuries are common at school-but many can be prevented. Before you send your children off, be sure to run through these safety topics.  View Article
ECERS Revisions Outlined in New Course from CCEI   
ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce CUR116: Understanding the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3) to the online child care training course catalog.

This course provides an introduction to the most recent revision of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and is intended primarily for early childhood professionals whose programs are or may be subject to quality ratings by program monitors, regulatory agencies, or other formal observers. If you are an early childhood professional, this course will help you understand the basics about what ECERS observers look for during the observation period and how you can use the ECERS as a guide to improve the quality and effectiveness of your program.   
This Month's Trial Course: Successful Transitions   
CCEI offers SCH104: Successful Transitions with School-Aged Children as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of July.

This course presents recommended strategies and practices for easing different types of transitions in the school-age care environment. This includes transitions from one setting or activity to another as well as life's many other transitions, some of which arise unexpectedly. The cognitive and social-emotional skills required for successful classroom transitions are surprisingly similar to those required for making healthy, positive transitions through life's many changes and surprises.   
Alumni Profile   
Leslie Pendygraft
Waterford, MI

Congratulations to Leslie for successfully completing the Online Self-Study Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study!

Leslie began her career in child care by taking a special elective class in high school which piqued her interest. She loves spending all day with the children in her care! The children in Leslie's care like reading time, and they love snack and lunch time! Leslie is motivated by seeing the children in her care grow, and watching as they conquer new milestones.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her own kids, as well as reading and getting together with friends. In the future, she plans to become the Assistant Director at her childcare center. Leslie is currently working toward obtaining her CDA Credential from the Council of Professional Recognition. She recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "CCEI gave me the freedom I needed to work at my own pace, but still didn't let me forget my deadline. My education coach was amazing!"

Congratulations, Leslie! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!  

Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit for more information or to enroll online.


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