Our Top 10 Posts on Early Childhood Education


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Minds of young children are sponges for information. Every lesson about life, behavior, and humanity is absorbed to form the foundation for lifelong skills. Known by experts as the “formative” years of life, early childhood experiences help  shape the person a child will become.

Over the years, we’ve covered some important topics relating to early childhood education. Let’s revisit just some of our favorite posts, and see how they can help you learn more about promoting positive early development.

1. Introducing Young Children to Exercise Routines

Thanks to technology, children are now more likely to live a sedentary lifestyle than any generation that came before them. In fact, 89% of children between the ages of four and five spend more than two hours a day watching television. This post demonstrates how to keep kids active by introducing youngsters to positive habits and exercise routines while they’re still young.

Start Them While They’re Young: Introducing Kids to Exercise Routines

2. What is Necessary For Early Childhood Education?

Part of developing a good system for early childhood education is understanding exactly what is necessary for a holistic approach to learning. From the value of physical activity to the importance of play, recess, and nutrition, this blog examines the pillars of youth development.

Schooling, Health, and Youth Development – What is Necessary?

3. Encouraging Early Childhood Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Since 2014, STEM jobs – careers that require education in science, technology, engineering, or math – account for more than 10% of all professions within the United States. With that in mind, it makes sense that parents and teachers alike would want to support early childhood learning in these areas. This post looks at how to encourage valuable STEM skills for the modern generation.

How to Support Early Childhood Learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

4. The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education

Promoting growth and development at an early age isn’t only about pushing your child to spend more time in an academic classroom setting. Playtime, physical activity, and recess play crucial roles in developing skills associated with socialization, collaboration, and emotional intelligence. This blog outlines the real power of play.

Early Childhood Education: The Power of Play in Physical Education

5. Encouraging Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Perhaps the easiest way to ensure that a child will grow up happy and healthy is to encourage them to take part in positive activities as part of their everyday routine. Since children learn from repetition, this post shows how promoting healthy behaviors like nutrition and physical activity early helps to set the foundation for life-long habits.

11 Ways to Instill Healthy Lifestyle Habits In Your Children

6. Does a Healthy Lifestyle Improve Behavior?

Creating a holistic path for development means understanding the value of healthy living not only as a tool against childhood obesity, but also as a method of promoting good behavior and positive character traits. The earlier teachers and parents begin promoting good behaviors, the more likely it is that they will develop into lifelong aspects of a child’s personality. This blog outlines the scientific link between character and healthy living.

Can a Healthier Lifestyle Promote Good Character in Kids?

7. Using Exercise to Improve Academic Performance

Since early childhood education is so important to a youngster’s future, it’s important to encourage positive mental, physical, and emotional development wherever possible. This post demonstrates the science behind studies that show exercise as a valuable tool in helping students to excel academically.

Can Exercise Help Students to Excel Academically?

8. Creating a Positive Environment For the First Weeks of School

Part of promoting a positive early education relies on the ability of guardians and educators to represent the school as a place of growth and enjoyment. Children need to approach learning with the right attitude to get the best results, and this blog offers some ways for educators to create a positive learning environment, which can set the tone for the school year.

Back to School: Creating that Positive Learning Environment.


9. Structured Physical Activity – The Benefits

We all know that physical activity is essential in early childhood – but is it better for that activity to be structured, or unstructured? This post underscores some of the benefits of structured physical education for early childhood programs.

The Benefits of Structured Physical Activity for Early Childhood Programs

10. The Benefits of Physical Activity in School

One of the best ways to turn healthy behaviors into habits at a young age is to help children understand the true value that physical activity has in their lives. This infographic is a fun and simple collection of all the information you need to know when creating a plan for comprehensive childhood development.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind – The Benefits of Physical Activity in School [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Holistic Approach to Early Education

At SPARK, we believe in the benefits of an active and holistic childhood education. For a child to grow to be healthy and happy, they need to understand the value of positive behavior like physical activity,  how to cooperate and socialize, and discover the full strength of their inner resilience, patience, and brain power.

What do you think of our list? Are there any great posts that you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below!