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Stress often is a part of life, even for children. How they deal with stress determines how it affects their overall health. Being able to bounce back after stressful experiences can help a child thrive, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
April showers bring May flowers, according to common songs, poems and nursery rhymes. “However, April showers also bring fun-filled puddles, squishy mud, earth worms and a host of other rich outdoor learning experiences for children,” says Cindy Thompson, human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Big changes in a child’s life, such as getting a sibling or moving to a new home, bring big transitions. Although learning to manage big transitions is important for children’s development, learning to manage the small transitions of daily life is equally important, according to Cindy Thompson, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Children in child care need safe environments, strong relationships with caring and competent adults, and access to a variety of learning opportunities and materials. That is why ISU Extension and Outreach teaches early childhood professionals how to use Environment Rating Scales -- tools they can use to ensure they are following best practices and providing high quality care.
With many summer camp opportunities canceled due to the pandemic, this year parents can start a new tradition and foster some camp activities and benefits at home, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The Nurturing Nature Explorers in Northeast Iowa Project received first place nationally for environmental education from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.