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Oral language: where it all beginsFeatured

Children are language learners by virtue of being born and living in society. They build linguistic knowledge to the extent that they use language to interact with other people, the objects in their environment, and understand what surrounds them. (Halliday, 1975).03

The first manifestations of speech, such as stammering, are part of oral language. That initial babble is the response of the infant to the adult when they try to have a communication encounter. It all starts when they have their parents by their side or someone who communicates with them. It is extremely important that through oral language, the adult: speaks to them, sings, and explains the world around them; that is, it translates the physical world into words. At this stage, your voice can be “understood and heard”, even if they don’t have the adult language code. As the child grows, they acquire more vocabulary and their thoughts, ideas and forms of expression become more complex. Finally, oral language reveals children’s knowledge about language functions, their intersection skills and what they know about the world around them. (Owoki & Goodman, 2002).

The best way to enrich the sound world of childhood is by talking to them, singing, and reading to them. These three forms of stimuli complement each other, each serving a special role in language development. It is a simple way to tell if your child is listening, when parents talk to their baby, preparing them to verbally explore the world around them. The sound of words is very important, as it will be the stimulus to develop the ability to speak.

From the first moment, we adults talk to our newborns because we are sure that they understand us, that this is how we communicate. According to Vigotsky (1978), oral language plays a central role in mental processes and in the internalization of the cultural process. It reveals childrens functions, their interaction skills and what they know about the world around them. (Owoki & Goodman, 2002).

The role of the educator goes beyond educating the child, it is to promote appropriate practices for language development. We begin by fulfilling the responsibility of listening to the voice of children, and children must feel our voice. Through their conversations and actions, children expand and refine their linguistic and conceptual knowledge. To the extent that an educator listens to them talk and speaks to them, they can understand their thoughts and intentions.

Children learn as a result of social interaction and transform the language and actions of their social experience into tools for thought. The social experience of interaction with the educator and with children’s literature allowed them to incorporate a way of expressing their feelings orally. It is exposed, then, that experiences with oral language through children’s literature is the motivation that impulses learning.

Tips for good language in children.

Therefore, you should review these tips on how to stimulate language in young children.

We present a series of recommendations to stimulate the baby’s oral language: take advantage of everyday situations to stimulate language: at meals, in the bathroom, at games, going to daycare and school, in the park… the time to stimulate language never ends.

Ramos, A. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://alcanza.uprrp.edu/

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It is important to vaccinate childrenFeatured

Inform all about vaccines and immunity, what vaccines are made of, and how they are kept safe.


Timely vaccination during childhood is critical because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are evaluated to ensure that they are safe and effective for administration to children at the recommended ages.

Different vaccines work in different ways, but each vaccine helps the body’s immune system learn how to fight germs. After receiving a vaccine, it usually takes a few weeks to develop protection, but that protection can last a lifetime. Some vaccines, such as the tetanus or seasonal influenza (flu) shot, require booster doses from time to time to maintain the body’s defenses.

It is important to visit the pediatrician in the first months of life of children. By at least the second month the baby must have received his first dose of vaccine. Usually in the first visit with the pediatrician the baby will receive the dose. You can purchase your doses at your clinic from their primary doctor.

Your child is exposed to thousands of microbes in their environment every day. This happens through the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the things they put in their mouth.

Babies are born with an immune system that can fight most germs, but there are some deadly diseases it can’t fight. That’s why they need vaccines to boost their immune system

Vaccines use very small amounts of antigens to help your child’s immune system recognize and learn to fight serious diseases. Antigens are part of microbes that trigger the body’s immune system to work.

It is very important that when your baby is ready to be dropped off at daycare or school, they already have the necessary vaccinations for their age. To reduce the risk of getting sick, your child, the daycare center and all children in your care must be up to date. with the vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is the policy?

When choosing a child care setting for your child, be sure to consider this critical point: what is the institution’s policy regarding sick children?

Common diseases in the nursery:

Viruses responsible for colds or flu (influenza) cause the most common illnesses in daycare. Even if your child is vaccinated, he or she can catch viruses that cause colds, sore throats, coughs, vomiting, and diarrhea. Most babies in daycare have 8 to 12 colds a year, just a few more than they would if they were cared for exclusively at home.

After the first year a child attends daycare, the number of respiratory illnesses decreases so that by the second or third year, they have an average of four of these illnesses a year. The child usually suffers from diarrhea once or twice a year.

Recommendations on when children should not attend daycare:

The main reasons for not sending a child to daycare or school due to the condition:

  • That this prevents the child from participating comfortably in the activities.
  • The child requires more attention than staff members can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
  • That the child represents a risk of contagion of a harmful disease to others.

Are there repercussions if you decide not to vaccinate your children?

Those who want to go over this law, who don’t want to vaccinate their children, are only allowed to do so for two reasons: religious and medical. Those are the two exceptions.”

Vaccination requirements for school and child care are different in each state. Check with the school system or daycare to find out the requirements where you live.

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References: ( www.primerahora.com , Aug 6, 2021)

(wwwnc.cdc.gov , n.d.)

(Pediatrics), 3/22/2017)


Activity for children ages 3 to 4 yearsFeatured

Goal: for children to learn the numbers from 1-12


  • Papersheets
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Toilet paper roll carton recycled
  • Scissors

Procedure: The paper roll is painted, each Child chooses a color, and then they glue a circle with the numbers on it.

That way children repeat the numbers on their clock.


BIOGRAPHY: Merary MorenoFeatured

My name is Merary Moreno. My family consists of my husband and 4 children. I have been married for 27 years, and I have a daughter and three sons. My story of the beginnings of child care is a story of perseverance, effort and above all, gratitude to God for all his goodness.

Before working with children, I worked in a vegetable packing company for 20 years. I always had the desire to work with children, but I didn’t know who could advise me in this area until one day my sister-in-law told me that they were giving classes in Spanish and decided to go look for information. In the 4C department they helped me and advised me on taking the classes and how to open my own daycare in 2018.

In a period of 7 months I was already opening my family day care. When I started I only had one child, for those 7 months, it was difficult, but I persevered, with the faith that more children would come to me. I began to prepare myself academically, and thanks to the TEACH program and the scholarships, I managed to finish a center administration credential in a period of one year. I continued studying and finished my associate’s degree in early education, as well as a preschool credential in 2020.

All the academic preparation helped me offer a better service in my daycare. I first started with 2 stars in the young star program rating and now I am at 5 stars. It is a very nice job to be able to work with children and families, and also to be able to reach goals and achieve purposes is a very satisfying job.

Let’s never stop dreaming, and persevere in all our goals, because in the end we will have the reward and it will be worth it.

– Merary Moreno

My family has helped me and we have continued to make progress in expanding child care, and we began with the dream of opening a center. Now our dream came true because in 2023 we opened the center which is now located in Sheboygan County.


Activity for children 2 years and olderFeatured

Activity: Jumping


  • Geometric figures of different colors

The figures are placed on the floor about a foot apart and the children are asked to jump from one figure to another. You can just say the colors or the geometric figure or both depending on the age of the child.

This activity helps children in the cognitive area (colors and figures), Health and development: Gross motor and likewise the social/emotional area because children learn that they have to wait to take turns.

Contribution of: Marisela’s Family Day Care


BIOGRAPHY: Marisela CarpioFeatured

My name is Marisela Carpio, I am originally from Mexico and I have lived in the United States for more than 30 years, 5 of which I lived in the state of California where I got married and a year after getting married my husband and I moved to Wisconsin where my four children were born. One of my goals when I came to the United States was to obtain my GED so that I could eventually study Early Education since I always wanted to work in the field of education. It was not easy since initially I did not speak English well and many of the classes I took were in that language. In 2011 I obtained an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and in 2012, I opened my daycare: Marisela’s Family Daycare.

Years later, I was able to learn the language and that helped me earn my Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. My daycare currently has 4 stars according to the Young Star rating and my goal is to reach the maximum level of 5 stars. Although working with children can be very demanding, it is a career that brings many rewards: when you see a baby take their first steps, say their first words and then leave your daycare ready for kindergarten you know that all the effort was worth it. My next goals are to open a group daycare and also offer childcare related training.


Is your child ready to remove the diaper?Featured


¿Cómo puedo saber si su hijo está listo para dejar el pañal?

No hay una edad donde podamos decir que están preparados los niños para dejar de usar pañales, todos los niños son únicos, el desarrollo de cada niño no es el mismo la mayoría de ellos habrán desarrollado las habilidades físicas y cognitivas necesarias entre los 18 y los 24 meses.

Muchos padres deciden esperar hasta los dos años y medio cuando se puede confiar más en el control de la vejiga y también hay niños que no están listos hasta que tienen casi 3 años, o incluso 4.

Para ayudarte a determinar si ha llegado el momento, hemos elaborado una lista de las principales señales que indican que tu pequeño está listo. Recuerda que, si empiezas antes de que tu niño esté en realidad preparado, seguramente el proceso será más largo.

Antes de los 12 meses de edad, los niños no pueden controlar el pipí y popó, y muchos niños pequeños que muestran señales de que físicamente están listos para ir al baño solitos, no pueden controlarlo en realidad.

Incluso a los niños que pueden mantenerse secos en el día, les puede tomar más tiempo despertar para hacer pipí por las noches y muchos dejan de tener accidentes nocturnos hasta la edad de 5 años.

If your child attends child care, it is important to have an effective relationship with your child care provider so together you can work through this process, which will help a lot.

Your child is becoming independent and understands what it means to go to the bathroom like adults.

Physical signs

  • Has enough balance and coordination to walk, and even run steadily.
  • Urinates a lot at one time.
  • Has regular bowel movements and soft, well-formed stools.
  • Remains “dry” for periods of at least three to four hours (this indicates that the muscles of the bladder have developed enough to retain and store urine.

Behavorial signs

  • Is able to sit and remain in the same position for two to five minutes.
  • Can pull pants up and down on their own.
  • It bothers them to have a dirty diaper.
  • Tries to imitate adults when they go to the bathroom (wants to see you go to the bathroom, put on underwear, etc.).
  • Physically demonstrates that they really are using the restroom ( makes noises, bends over, or tells you).
  • They show that they like to be independent.
  • They are not a child who says “no” to everything.
  • They are proud of their achievements.
  • They don’t seem to resist learning to use the potty.
  • They are in a phase in which they are generally cooperative (does not always contradict or say “no” to everything).
  • Follows simple directions (for example, “sit on your potty”).
  • Understands the importance of keeping things in their place.
  • Has words (may be their own) for bowel movements and urine.
  • They know when they have to go to the bathroom (perceives the physical signals) and are able to tell you before doing it.
  • They can set a goal in their mind like going to the bathroom when they feel like it and remind themselves to do it.

Guidance for Families on:Featured

Recommendations before changing your child care provider: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/

What is the best way to change child care providers?

Finding child care for your baby is difficult the first time, but if you have to change child care, whether due to a move, concerns about care now, or for any other reason, it can bring a whole new set of challenges that can add up to the first things. On the other hand, your little one could transition so easily to his new caregiver that you forget your child hasn’t been there the whole time. It can be hard to know how your baby will respond to a new situation, but there are steps you can take to ease the transition, whether your little one arrives at the new place like a duck to water or needs to learn to swim again.

Give notice

If you’re moving, your little one probably already has an idea that some big changes are coming, but if you change child care providers for any other reason, the change may come as a surprise. If it may seem easier at the time to avoid the possibility of disturbing him before you need your little one, it probably won’t help the transition from having closure to saying goodbye to a place or people your little one has probably spent a significant amount of time with. Since your little one is quite young, and their sense of time is still developing, too many warnings may not help, but starting to talk to your little one about the change at least a few days in advance can give them a bit of reassurance. Time to adjust, and even time to start getting excited about the new child care provider. If you wait shortly before transition to talk to your little one about changing child care providers, don’t forget to let your current provider know you’re waiting to talk about it, so he or she doesn’t accidentally tell your little one first before you have the opportunity to do it yourself. Reading books and telling stories about characters facing big changes in their lives can also help give them a framework for thinking about change, especially if your little one is closer to one year of age.

General rehearsal

Before taking your little one to the new place, it may help to take him/her on a tour with you a few days before your little one starts there, so they won’t be completely unfamiliar with the area, or the provider, before their big first day.

Mark the occasion

On the last day with the old child care provider, consider doing something to make the day feel a little special, like sharing your little one’s favorite snack with the child care provider and any classmates or friends he/she might have there, and taking a walk through the daycare to say goodbye to the places and people that have been such a big part of his/her life for so long.

To be there

On your little one’s first day, if you can, plan your day so that you can stay there with him/her while they get used to the new environment. With you there to help him/her feel safe, your little one may be more willing to explore, to be social, and in doing so, to find things about the new place that he likes.

Send your little one prepared

If your child has a teddy bear or comfort object, its presence can help them feel comfortable in the new place. If your child has a favorite toy or object associated with the previous child care provider, and you are in a position where you feel comfortable asking the provider if your child can take it if you get a replacement for the daycare or provider, having a piece of your child’s old routine might help to adjust.

Be prepared

Even if your child is basically happy, secure, social and has never had a problem with child care before, there may be an adjustment period as your child gets used to the new daycare or child care provider. If your sweetie hasn’t started to settle into a routine after a week or two, consider talking with your provider about any issues your baby and the center are having getting along, or ways to improve the transition.

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Preparation of the environment in daycare centers at home.Featured

Make your home into a safe multi-age learning environment for a group of 8 children at the same time.

You can create a high-quality infant-toddler environment by planning and creating spaces that support development, participation, and overall well-being. For example, a comfortable chair that is spacious enough for a nursing adult to meet the needs of the infants and toddlers in your care.

Design spaces for babies and young children that guarantee safety and promote health, developed, positive relationships, where you can implement activities in different areas.

Blocks area, manipulative area, music area, dramatic area, language area.

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Culture Influences Children’s PlayFeatured

Nowadays, we have good resources for children who attend schools and daycares in their first years of life, where different programs offer different learning curriculum.

The daycares offer in their activities what we call free play where they give the opportunity for the child to choose their own game.

Play preference reflects the values ​​that children are being raised in within their culture. The individualistic culture may make the child prefer this play time to be alone, sometimes in competitive activities and in smaller groups, in activities that they can do alone.

We can see a difference between children from collective and collaborative cultures who may emphasize inclusion and play in larger groups. For some cultures moderation is important, in other cultures it is to be very expressive which may or may not seem boisterous or aggressive in a room. Another case in the game will vary depending on the role the child plays.

If children are raised in a rural area, they may be playing the roles of farmers taking care of animals, driving tractors unlike children raised in the city, they can drive taxis and buses to act out these roles.

To have in the learning environments books from different cultures, puzzles, music where children can understand and learn words from different cultures.

Considering the impact of technology that has changed the power of books, reading and interest in looking at books.

Don’t just read the story, let the child build a story simulation. Story-related projects can make art sing will help the child understand the culture. Encourage imitation games based on these stories. Provide opportunities for children to sing and dance.

There is much more to the interest of learning through play than just artifacts that you can bring into the classroom.

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