Before 5: Raising a terrific kid is easier than you think!

Teaching your child is the most important job you have. Fortunately, it’s also the easiest. Which is not to say that it’s easy to raise a child–it’s not–but your day is filled with easy, teachable moments that don’t require flash cards or reading for an hour a day or anything beyond the scope of your daily life.

Before the age of 5, your child’s brain is developing at a phenomenal rate. Much faster than at any time after. It is during this critical time period you can give your child a leg up that will last the rest of his or her life. Sounds like a lot of pressure, but don't worry. We’ve compiled a list of 100 easy, teachable moments that you can incorporate into you and your child’s life. All the way from infancy to 5 years of age.

So take a few moments, explore the site and find out just how easy it is to impact the development of your child in the most positive way possible.

http://www.before5.org/

Iowa AEA Website
Resource site for both parents and educators.
http://www.iowaaeaonline.org  

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
http://www.nafcc.org

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Resources for accreditation and best practice.
http://www.naeyc.org/

Council for Professional Recognition
CDA information and application packets.
http://www.cdacouncil.org/

KinderNature
A resource site for early childhood educators.
http://kindernature.storycounty.com/category.aspx?ID=4&SubID=2

Bal-a-vis-x
Rhythmic balance/auditory/vision exercises for brain and brain-body integration
http://www.bal-a-vis-x.com/

Zero to Three
Brain Wonders, helping babies and toddlers grow and develop. Resource site on brain development for parents, caregivers, pediatric and family clinicians.
http://www.zerotothree.org/brainwonders

National Center for Family Literacy
http://www.famlit.org

Iowa State University Extension: Home and Family
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/homefamily/

MediaWise®
Building healthy families through the wise use of media.
http://www.mediafamily.org/index.shtml