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When we think about developing math and pre-math skills with preschool children, we usually imagine some explicit, teacher-directed activities that lead children to a correct answer. However, a lot of really significant math learning takes place within the context of classroom play, when teachers are talking with children about problems involving number, quantity, or size.

Young children are developmentally tuned-in to learn number sense in preschool. And, the more we talk with them about number, the more they learn. This can be done in just about any context.


During snack time:

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I was once asked during a presentation for a parent’s group what it is that preschoolers need most to prepare them academically.

I’m sure some would have loved tips on building early readers or how to get a jump start on math skills (both important, to be sure), but what I really believe young children need goes beyond even those basic skills.

“Honestly,” I said, “if I had to pick one thing, it would be for them to simply keep their curiosity.  Everything else will follow.”

Passionately Curious

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What is your favorite thing to do with a group of young children? What kinds of activities make you excited? What types of materials do you avoid?

Oh, come on. You know that you purposely avoid doing certain types of activities or avoid using certain types of materials. Me? I don’t like glitter. I will do just about anything other than use glitter.

It’s not the mess. I don’t mind mess. I’ll make sand and glue pictures or cut paper into little bits. We paint all the time. But something about glitter makes me almost hyperventilate. It doesn’t just make a mess – it is insidious, showing up months after we have last used it. I just don’t like using it.

I love blocks. We could have blocks as our major focus every week and I would be happy as I could be. I like to experiment, adding rope light or mirrors or straws with the blocks. I enjoy seeing all the different things that children can do with blocks. I like making patterns for kids to follow. Blocks are just about the best thing ever!

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Little people learning land: A world of wonder

It's one thing to read and write about literacy, it's another to breathe it. The last time I had a crazy notion in my head I ended up teaching with teachers in over 500 K-12 classrooms. At this stage, it's unfathomable I would dive headfirst into the murky waters of preschool. It's so rewarding but extremely demanding. Good thing I got my little on.

I was blessed to join a staff of two teacher/directors. Their five star preschool qualified for one of the coveted special new grants for early literacy; that's where I come in. Tonight I'm writing from head and heart, sharing highights of my first week in little people learning land. I hope it inspires you, brings a smile, validates what you are doing, maybe a couple tears of joy tossed into the recipe.

Ready to teach- starting year 46

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As I paused at a stoplight across from the local elementary school this morning, I saw a familiar sight that brought back memories… Carpool line. Moms and dads giving last minute hugs and kisses and straightening backpacks. First day of Kindergarten! Some drove out of the school lot and on their way. Others pulled into parking spots.

I remember being one of the parkers… just to watch my son walk into the building to his teacher waiting at the doorway. And then, he was gone. Sigh. Just one of many times a parent experiences “letting go.” It isn’t easy. I didn’t think I would cry, because I really did prepare myself for this day. But, it didn’t matter. There I was, along with the other parents, quietly sobbing in my car. I suddenly experienced a vivid flashback of the past five years, overwhelmed with excitement for my son’s future and some unanticipated parental anxiety.


That being said, I was able to rein in the emotions and recover, knowing my son had spent years in a high quality preschool program that prepared him socially and academically for that day and his school years to come.

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