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Spark Early Learning with STEAM

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co-authored by Nancy Alvarez and Heid Veal What do you picture when you imagine an ideal early childhood learning experience? Do you see young children sitting quietly at tables, independently completing school work or do you visualize them in various groups exploring, creating, pretending, tinkering, and communicating? The later is what the majority imagine and […]

Making Room for Different Learners

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I was watching a couple of children working wooden puzzles the other day. Sometimes just watching kids work is great way to think about and understand more about children and development. These two kids were working puzzles. Well, one was working a puzzle and the other was watching. (Her preferred method of learning is watching.) […]

“It’s Always Been Done This Way”

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One of my least favorite sentences in the entire universe is some version of “It’s always been done this way.” Just by typing it I can feel my blood pressure rise! Why, I wonder, would anyone find that to be a suitable response to any question? In my opinion, it’s not a reasonable explanation for […]

How Best to Bust Myths That Harm Childhood?

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I’m not a fan of fear tactics. In fact, I often can be heard railing against them, as I believe the media’s obsession with them has made parents paranoid and forced children into a childhood that doesn’t look remotely like childhoodshould. Take, for example, the belief that earlier is better. Whether we’re discussing athletics or […]

Children Were Born to Learn! Get Out of Their Way!

If we look back in history, children were once taught by sitting alongside those who were skilled at something, participating in active learning. This type of pedagogy was aligned more closely with the nature of young children. They are, after all, born learners. They may be easily distracted and unpredictable and diverse, but they all […]

Redshirting K: Yay or Nay?

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What’s the rush? Childhood is a precious time! “Redshirting”, not just in athletics. The competition is fierce. In Kindergarten! Mixed emotions. Interesting articles lately about redshirting. It’s way more common than I thought and it actually affects all of us, all grade levels. What a big decision. It’s more than birthday cut-off dates, or ‘maturity’. […]

Are You Listening? Preschool Matters!

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I just returned from our state’s annual Early Childhood Higher Education Summit feeling a mix of angry and frustrated. Our NAEYC state affiliate maintains a staff of attorneys and advocates who actively participate in legislative conversations and hearings dealing with early childhood education. This month, a bill comes up for a vote on whether or […]

An Unexpected Consequence for Kids Who Sit Too Much

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The list of consequences for kids forced to sit too long is a lengthy one. Among other things, sitting is now considered as detrimental to health as is smoking (the human body was built to move!). Research also has shown us that sitting increases fatigue and reduces concentration, neither of which is an optimal condition […]

The Fastest Way to Failure for Kids

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I once had a reading specialist tell me that the only way for children to learn to read is for them to read. I never have figured out how one learns to do something she can’t yet do by doing it! But I sometimes feel as though I’m in the minority here, as this attitude […]

Music Makes It Better

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Music makes everything better. I recently gave a presentation about this topic to caregivers and teachers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I emphasized the tremendous importance of music experiences for young children, talked about using music and movement for behavior management, and gave examples. The attendees were enthusiastic. Many have used clean-up songs and hand-washing songs for […]

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