early childhood education

Ready for Preschool? Ready, Set, Yes or No?

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A rainy Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Memorial Day weekend 2019. Family reflection. If you are a preschool, kindergarten teacher, aide, parent, grandparent, everybody, this blog is for you! Never did I think I would round out my teaching career in preschool, but I did. The kids taught me so much, a world of hand washing, […]

Hammers, Nails, Saws, and Hand Drills in Preschool. Wait… What?

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When we think of typical activities for preschoolers that help support their development across multiple domains, what first comes to mind are manipulating playdough, cutting, gluing, climbing, running, and puzzles. But let’s walk that back some and consider, instead, having children engage in authentic activities. How about working with hammers, nails, saws, and hand drills? […]

Help Me Bring EQ To Children In Need with CJ

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Will you help me bring emotional intelligence to children in need this year? We have all been busy with the holidays and in the last few days reflecting on 2018 and the changes we want to make. I too have been reflecting and felt that I have much to offer children who suffer from abuse, […]

Personalizing Play: Integrating the Learning Styles Model and the Multiple Intelligences Theory in the Early Childhood Setting

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Every child has his own best way of learning. If our goal is to support that, we can apply two models that address different aspects of learning, to meet each child where he is. But can they be used together? I believe they can and in so doing, will benefit a wide variety of preferences, […]

What If Early Childhood Professionals Pushed Back?

Recently I wrote about the uphill battle of advocating for children – especially around the topic of play. But, as you know, our battles these days concern not just play, but also developmentally appropriate practice in general! Sad but true. This hit home recently, when I was conducting my third professional development training for a […]

Singing from the Heart

When my daughter was in second grade, in the ‘80s, the second-grade teachers started the morning with a piano, a teacher who played, and children sitting on the floor around, singing. The interactive song, The Cat Came Back, by Fred Penner, was much requested. Where are the routines that involve singing for the pure joy […]

Downtime: Necessary for Children’s Mental Health & 21st-Century Skills

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Think back to your own childhood and the amount of downtime you had. Do you remember lying on your back outdoors, looking for creatures in the clouds? Playing outside with friends and having the freedom to choose whatever game you wanted to play, or whatever drama you wanted to enact? Being alone in your bedroom, […]

Play: It’s Not Just a Game, It’s a Game Changer!

You know, it’s really hard nowadays for a child to simply be a child. There’s so much pressure to perform academically, that Kindergarten has become the new first grade and preschool has become the new Kindergarten. Parents get caught up in the frenzy, worried that their children will be “behind” by the time they get […]

Should We Be Talking About Sexism in Early Childhood Education?

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The short answer to the question posed in the title isyes. While it may seem as though the #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements have nothing to do with young children, the experts tell us that sexism does indeed begin in early childhood. In fact, psychology professor and author ofParenting Beyond Pink and Blue, Christia Spears Brown, […]

Trouble-Free Transitions: They’re Possible If We Understand Child Development

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If there were a list of things that young children aren’t suited (developmentally ready) to do, at the top of that list would bebeing stillandbeing quiet. Yet those are the exact two requirements we try to impose on young children during most transitions. We ask them to form an orderly line (something else they’re not […]

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