learning_stylesIf your child constantly squirms and fidgets when he’s doing math homework or insists on listening to music while studying vocabulary words, take heart. Although it may seem like he’s trying to drive you crazy, he’s probably just using the strategies that help him learn.

“I like to study at a desk in silence, and my daughter can’t think that way. She likes to bounce around on a ball with music in the background,” says author Maureen McKay, whose website, Optimistic Outcomes, provides tips for parents based on a child’s learning style. “Sometimes kids are just doing what works for them.”

Educators have long been aware that learning is not one-size-fits-all. In a typical classroom, some kids process information best by hearing the teacher explain it, some learn by seeing what’s on the chalkboard, and others learn through hands-on exercises. Colleges have increasingly begun teaching new students about learning styles so they can develop effective study habits. And many primary and secondary schools conduct surveys to give teachers insight into the learning styles of their students. Three basic learning styles are auditory, kinesthetic, and visual.

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17The simple truth about toilet training is that if the child is ready, it happens very easily. If not, a power struggle often ensues -- and we all know that no one wins a parent-child power struggle. Fights with your child about his or her body are fights you will never win.

Luckily, there is a never a reason to fight with your child about this. Moving from diapers to being self-sufficiently able to use the toilet is a natural process. Humans have been doing it for a long time. They all get out of diapers sooner or later.

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15Early learning and child care professionals work with the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. To play a role in helping develop young minds is an awesome responsibility and a wonderful opportunity. From early literacy skills to socialization and learning through play, the early learning professional is actively involved in preparing pre-school children for the learning journey to come.

The Early Learning and Child Care diploma educates you to become positive, motivated advocates for all children. Courses cover child development, curriculum, communications, working with families and specialized programming. By learning to establish partnerships with families, responding to each child as a unique human being with unique interests and developmental needs and building the confidence and knowledge to offer a broad theoretical perspective, graduates find success in any environment they encounter.

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14Learning is a multi-generational enterprise in early childhood. Regardless of the setting – the child’s home; a village communal space; a social network of parents; a media-based interactive environment; or an out-of-home care or preprimary education setting – children’s learning is largely built through interactions with caring adults and peers. These may be parents or other family members; caregivers in out-of-home care settings; other parents in the community; or teachers. Learning and development in early childhood are supported by the sum total of caring adult and peer interactions that a child encounters in daily routines and across development.

Supporting children’s learning and development is thus a community responsibility that requires and benefits from opportunities to increase adult learning. Our projects in this area include:

Two-Generation Programs to Enrich Adult and Child Learning in Tulsa

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