DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PLAY
December 2, 2020
Play is the work of children. Play is the way they make sense of their world, explore, learn, connect develop skills, and communicate. As adults sometimes we don't understand the importance of play. This short video is created to help parents understand and relate to their children more. Three early childhood experts share their perspectives to make play more meaningful at home by sharing practical ideas.
3 ESSENTIALS ELEMENTS ALL CHILDREN NEED IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT TO THRIVE
November 29, 2020
During these past 8 months of the pandemic, many young children are home and missing out on the normal experiences they would have had going to preschools and other child care centers. In this short video, three experts share ideas on how best to give every child a strong foundation in gross motor, language, sensory experiences, and social-emotional development while being at home.
RAISING YOUNG CHILDREN DURING COVID-19!
November 28, 2020
During this unusual and long pandemic, many families have made adjustments. Many children are not attending child care centers, the socializing, education, and new experiences that come from going to school are on pause. Parents are wondering about the long term effects on their young children. This short video provides some practical tips for what parents can do intentionally during these months to help their children continue to learn and thrive.
DEALING WITH MOM GUILT
October 7, 2020
Mom guilt is real. Join Stacy Benge and Prerna Richards in a discussion about the realities of motherhood and some advice to move past the guilt and be present for your children.
SPOTLIGHT SHOW WITH GUEST STACY BENGE, M.S.
"PILLARS OF HOLISTIC CURRICULUM/DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY YEARS"
October 5, 2020
Hosted by Mr Atul Tyagi Co Founder And Director Wow Kids Preschool Chain.
Guest, Stacy Benge, M.S.
SO MUCH MORE
September 28, 2020
People caring for children birth to five are so much more than babysitters! They are skilled, talented, intentional, and purposeful professionals. Let's give credit where it is due!
OBSERVATIONS, ASSESSMENTS, AND PORTFOLIOS
April 24, 2020
There are a variety of valid and reliable ways to assess children’s progress without standardized tests.
Observations and documentations of children during free play can assist with assessments and help measure growth and progress. Explore various settings and methods to watch and document children’s actions to help create portfolios as a means of collecting evidence of learning. Create an action plan to implement these systems into your classrooms and learn tips on sharing them with parents and other stakeholders.
LOOSE PARTS: SIMPLE MATERIALS, BIG OUTCOMES - NATURAL MATERIALS
March 23, 2018
Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes
What are loose parts? Simple, movable, open-ended, engaging, imaginative, and creative materials that produce major outcomes! There are endless possibilities and benefits of implementing loose parts into your classroom and outside on the playground. Check out some natural loose parts to include in your learning environment.
LOOSE PARTS: SIMPLE MATERIALS, BIG OUTCOMES: SYNTHETIC MATERIALS
March 23, 2018
Loose Parts: Simple Materials, Big Outcomes
What are loose parts? Simple, movable, open-ended, engaging, imaginative, and creative materials that produce major outcomes! There are endless possibilities and benefits of implementing loose parts into your classroom and outside on the playground. Check out some synthetic loose parts to include in your learning environment.
PROCESS BASED EXPERIENCES IN THE CLASSROOM
February 2, 2018
Why are process-based experiences important? Watch and discover how open-ended experiences such as process-based art can help enhance skills and get children ready for kindergarten.
HOW DO I HELP MY CHILD GET AHEAD ACADEMICALLY?
January 25, 2018
How do I help my child get ahead academically? How can I make sure my child is on track academically? The answer will surprise you! Let them play! Discover how playing supports all domains of child development and helps prepare your child for school!
HOW DO I FIND A PRESCHOOL THAT TEACHES MY CHILD TO WRITE?
May 2, 2017
As parents, we always want to ensure our children are adequately prepared for school if not ahead. One of the criteria we look for involves teaching children how to write their names and the alphabet. Although this is important and is a skill that is eventually needed in elementary school, learning to create a story and a message and then convey it to paper is just as important and is learned best through play. With this video, discover standards to look for in preschools as well as questions to ask the school administration and staff about their approach to the writing process.
Other information pertaining to looking for developmentally appropriate preschools:
HOW DOES PLAY TEACH MY CHILD TO WRITE?
April 18, 2017
How does play teach my child to write? Play is the best way to prepare young children for kindergarten. It is amazing the educational skills learned when playing including the ability to write and create stories. Explore how dramatic play, block play, and outside play all provide opportunities for young children to develop creative storytelling skills needed to be successful writers in the elementary, middle, and high school years.
WHEN WILL MY CHILD BE ABLE TO WRITE?
April 10, 2017
As parents and teachers, we are all concerned about teaching our children to write; however, before children can write, they must have several foundational skills in place including understanding print carries meaning and conveys a message. Learn ways to promote the writing process with young children and ways we can ensure they are properly developing skills to be successful in school.
WHEN DO CHILDREN START TO WRITE LETTERS?
April 3, 2017
A common questions among parents is what age do children start to write letters? Part of the early writing process is children understanding that letters are used to form words and convey a message on paper. If given plenty of opportunities for open-ended drawing, children will start to draw letters on their paper and eventually letter strings. Watch to learn more about the writing process and see examples of what young children’s drawings might look like as they develop as emergent writers.
WHAT ARE THE EARLY WRITING STAGES OF PRESCHOOL AGE CHILDREN?
March 27, 2017
What are the early stages of writing for preschool age children? An essential and early part of the writing process involves children having ample opportunities to draw. Around the age of three, you will notice that children’s scribbling will start to look like something and say something. See samples of the different developmental stages you can expect children to progress through as they are learning to write. Also learn best practices to help promote the emergent writing process.
WHAT ARE THE MARK MAKING AND SCRIBBLING STAGES?
March 13, 2017
How do children learn to write? It begins with mark making experiences and scribbling for older infants and toddlers. See examples of the early phases of mark making and scribbling. Learn characteristics of children new to the writing process.
WHAT IS EMERGENT WRITING?
March 4, 2017
What is Emergent Writing? How do children learn to write? It begins with mark making experiences with older infants and continues thru the preschool and early elementary school years. Discover the definition and stages of emergent writing and best practices to promote the writing process in early childhood.
WHY IS CHILD GUIDED TIME IMPORTANT?
February 10, 2017
Why is child guided time important? Explore how child guided time produces major outcomes to support school readiness. Other concepts discussed include executive functioning skills, self-control and self-regulation, unstructured play, and making choices.
WHY DO TODDLERS FLIP THROUGH THE PAGES WHEN BEING READ TO?
February 2, 2017
Why does my toddler always flip through the pages while I am trying to read to him or her? Explore why you might see a young child doing this including: new to experiencing books, mouth the books as a means to explore them, and just learning how a book works.
HOW DO I READ A BOOK TO A PRESCHOOL AGE CHILD?
February 2, 2017
How do I read a book to a preschool age child? Explore techniques for both parents and educators to implement when reading. Timing, story predictions, open-ended questions, taking time while reading, reading comprehension, and retelling the story are all discussed.
WHY DOES MY CHILD SCRIBBLE?
January 25, 2017
Why does my child scribble? Scribbling is an essential part of the pre-writing process. Explore ways to encourage scribbling with your child and how it ties into writing in the future.
WHAT ARE MULTI-SENSORY EXPERIENCES?
January 25, 2017
What are multi-sensory experiences? Explore the different senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, hearing, vestibular, and proprioceptive) and learn the importance of engaging all of the senses.
WHAT ARE AGES AND STAGES?
January 25, 2017
What are ages and stages? Explore what this term means and how ages and stages (developmental milestones) are determined.
HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT TOY FOR MY CHILD?
January 23, 2017
How do I select the right toy for my child? Explore different factors to consider when purchasing toys. Reasons included: Toy manufacturer's guidelines, developmentally appropriate, child's interest, open-ended, multi-sensory, no batteries, old-fashioned toys, phonological awareness, play, and optimal learning.
SHOULD I GIVE MY CHILD A DIGITAL DEVICE IN THE GROCERY STORE?
January 18, 2017
Should I give my child a digital device while we are shopping in the grocery store? Explore what all your child learns and gains by not having a handheld device to play with. Reasons explored include: Face to face time, modeled social conversations, auditory processing and phonological awareness, multi-sensory experiences, and patience. Why does my child play with the boxes more than the toys? Explore possible reasons children prefer the box over what came in it. Reasons discussed: Open-ended experiences, object permanence, understanding of volume, and spatial relationships and awareness.
WHY DOES MY CHILD PLAY WITH THE BOXES MORE THAN TOYS?
January 10, 2017
Why does my child play with the boxes more than the toys? Explore possible reasons children prefer the box over what came in it. Reasons discussed: Open-ended experiences, object permanence, understanding of volume, and spatial relationships and awareness.
STACY BENGE, M.S.
Early Childhood Speaker and Presenter
Approaching early learning with practicality and common sense
Stacy's YouTube channel provides short videos discussing child development, pre-reading and pre-writing, child-led play, and learning environments and classrooms benefitting both educators and parents. Recently, Stacy has been a guest for various international shows and interviews on various social media platforms.
Located in Texas, Stacy is available for keynote and conference presentations on a local, virtual, national, and international level.
Please connect for information regarding speaking engagements.