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  • Play: Learning in Motion

    I read in the Washington Post today about a preschool classroom in Arlington.  In the column, the teacher, Launa Hall, describes her struggles to teach reading skills to preschoolers while feeling guilty about not being able to allow them to play. The Pre-K standards she uses are doable in a play environment, but the mandated curriculum in which they are delivered, as we say in the trade, are not developmentally appropriate. The joy of childhood is a secondary characteristic, no ...

    by Gail Multop
    Sunday, 25 January 2015
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    Music Listening Changes Children's Lives

    So much is said today about “music playing” as a gateway to improving academic skills and expanding emotional intelligence.  The scientific scientific and empirical research validates these findings.  But what about music listening: how does it fit into the equation and affect children’s  lives?  And when you think about it, just about every kid listens to music. My “Contemplation Music Writing Project” which began in the 70s shows how listening to music takes students ...

    by Jeffrey Pflaum
    Friday, 23 January 2015
  • Keeping Your Cool for Your CDA Observation

     The thought of someone coming in to observe you at work is unsettling for some and downright       disturbing to others. You may fear that your regular, everyday routines will suddenly become a         disheveled chain of events, as you struggle to stay focused. And that’s just you– but what about the children? Ah yes, the children. How will they act that day? Will they sense your nervousness and become    ...

    by Debra Pierce
    Tuesday, 13 January 2015
  • One of the saddest stories of 2014

    I found it in in Valerie Strauss's column in the Washington Post, with the title, "Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to be 'college and career ready.' Really." It makes me want to scream in frustration every time I read it.    Here’s the letter, sent by the school’s interim principal and four kindergarten teachers, to parents upset by the cancellation:   We hope this letter serves to help you better understand how the demands of the 21st ce ...

    by Rae Pica
    Monday, 12 January 2015
  • Badges...badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

            On the left is a picture of a powerful symbol. I am not talking about police in the news, here. I am talking about a symbol of power to a four year old boy.In a preschool classroom there might be one or more boys obsessed with superheros, police, firefighters, and the like. These same boys, these days, are also obsessed with guns, firepower, and other armaments. Boys will make a gun out of anything. The hardcore badge-and-gun aficionado wil ...

    by Gail Multop
    Sunday, 11 January 2015
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