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ECERS-R Fun Facts and Questions. Sit back and enjoy this brief show until your ECERS-R training begins. Please put your cell phone on vibrate. You can step out at anytime, if you need to take the call. . Did you know….

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ECERS-R Fun Facts and Questions

Sit back and enjoy this brief show until your ECERS-R training begins.

Please put your cell phone on vibrate. You can step out at anytime, if you need to take the call.

Did you know….

Children need a combination of at least one hour of outdoor play daily (in programs that run 8 hours or longer).

Choose A, B, C, or D

How often should you rotate classroom materials?

AnswerD. At least once a month

Some teachers rotate by lesson plan themes, but some themes may go on for more than a month.

Changing the materials in the classroom regularly helps to keep children interested and engaged during free play time.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”- Plato

Did you know….

When you provide 2 types of blocks you are providing enhanced developmentally appropriate learning experiences.

Blocks, Indicator 7.1

Choose A, B, C, or D

How many nutritional components should be offered at snack time?


Children should be served 2 nutritional components during snack.

Remember, its ok to offer water as a drink during snack; but, water has no nutritional value so it does not count toward your 2 components.


Two instances of a teacher encouraging a child to explain their reasoning when they solve a logical problem using classroom materials.


Teacher: “Why did you put that puzzle piece there?”

Child: “That piece has a picture of an eye and I know the eye goes above the nose.”

Item 17 Using language to develop reasoning skills, Item 5.2

Professional development opportunities:

Survive or Thrive: Helps sites deal with and understand the stressors that come along with having an ERS assessment.

ERS Perspectives: Helps you understand some of the “whys” in the ERS.

ECERS Toolbox: Developed from surveys sent to teachers at STARS sites who had experience with ERS visits.

Choose A, B, C, or D

Where should the majority of your classroom display be located?


If you chose B and C… YOU’RE RIGHT!!!

  • Classroom display should be at the child’s eye level so they can easily see their work and the work of their classmates.

  • Putting display on the back of the shelves (where they are easily visible to the children) is a great place because it is at eye level and it doesn’t damage your walls.

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”-Joseph Chilton Pearce

Some Key Transition Times:

  • Meals/Snacks

  • Bathroom Time

  • Getting Ready to go Outside

  • Coming in from Outside Time

  • Circle Time

What are your children doing during these times?

Some great Transition activities are:

  • Sing a Song

  • I Spy

  • Read a Story

  • Review/Practice a skill

  • Small bucket of toys or books

What ever you do…remember to keep them engaged and not waiting longer than 3 minutes.

Did you know…

Use of TV, video, and/or computers is NOT necessary.

On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console*.

If you do decide on using TV, smart boards or computers, make sure they are appropriate and are helping to supplement learning.

Caring for Our Children now limits TV/video/computer time to no more than 30 minutes a week.


Choose A, B, C, or D

At higher levels of quality (Dramatic Play, Item 24), what type of dress up is a requirement?

Item 24 Dramatic play, indicator 5.1


If you chose A… YOU’RE RIGHT!!!

Gender specific clothing is important so that children can act out female and male roles.

Remember community helper uniforms are not gender specific because both females and males can play the same work role.

  “Play is the beginning of knowledge.”–Unknown Author

Just a thought…

Did you tell a staff member or fellow teacher something nice today?

Happy staff are hard working staff.

Some different kinds of pets we’ve seen in classrooms:


Pot belly pig

Hissing cockroach



While we try to teach our children all about life,Our children teach us what life is all about.~Angela Schwindt

Personal Belongings

  • How are your children’s coats, back packs, etc hung?

  • Do they touch the belongings of others, especially when a cubby is shared?

Item 2, Routine Care and Furnishings, Indicator 3.1

Personal Belongings (cont.)

  • Are they spilling out of the cubby?

  • The additional Notes for Clarification requires enough space for each child’s belongings so that they are not touching the belongings of other children. This is to reduce the spread of lice and scabies.

Item 2, Routine Care and Furnishings, Indicator 3.1

Have you checked to see if you have the latest Notes for Clarification?

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Sit back, have your questions ready and get ready to learn more about the ECERS-R scale.

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