early childhood education

Pennies from Heaven

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Rain clouds and rainbows, every cloud offering “pennies from heaven“. Lately we’ve been finding a lot of pennies. It definitely took some looking, as political storm clouds, snows, floods and other things dominated our conversations. I feel like I’m just catching my breath, so much has been happening so fast. Hope. Belief. My late husband […]

Show Me the “No Excuses” Early Childhood Education Student!

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“I just have to pass this course! I’m sending you some assignments I forgot to do at the beginning of the semester and I hope you’ll accept them This has been a horrible semester, with my aunt passing away and my Internet not working. And then, I got the flu at midterm and …” These […]

Watch Out for Performance Hang-Ups in Early Childhood

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A few years ago, the Gesell Institute, named for developmental pioneer Dr. Arnold Gesell, decided to test the premise that kids today develop more quickly than they used to. They took the developmental norms established by the work of Dr. Gesell in the 1940s and launched a three year study concluding in 2010 to gauge […]

Likes and Dislikes

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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 […]

Every Child a Star! Leo The Early Bloomer

Tonight I am writing about Hope. Every Child a Star! Leo The Early Bloomer. One of my favorite children’s books,Leo the Late Bloomer, resonates for us all. Regardless of who we are teaching, there are lessons galore in this special book written by Kraus, illustrated by Aruego in 1971. Maybe even more relevant today, as […]

Critical Thinking: Why It’s More Important Than Ever and Why You Should Foster It in Your Classroom

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On more than one occasion I’ve been heard muttering that we have far too few critical thinkers in this world – that too many people simply behave like sheep. Some of us studied critical thinking in college – but most of us wouldn’t associate it with early childhood. Yet that’s exactly when Roberta Golinkoff, Kathy […]

Letter of the Week and Calendar Time: Should You Let Them Go?

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Letter of the week and daily calendar are well-known staples of circle time in early childhood education. But there are many experts in the field who feel they’re a waste of time and should be banished. So, what if they have no real value to young children? That idea gets a lot of pushback from […]

A Guidance Matching Game

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Discipline. Behavior management. Guidance. Whatever you call it, there is no topic that early childhood teachers want to talk about more, in my experience as a trainer and mentor, than what to do when children “won’t listen.” I spent several years trying to come up with new and more insightful ways to talk to teachers […]

Is Teacher Education Failing Our Early Childhood Care Providers?

NAEYC’s vision for our profession is one that “exemplifies excellenceand is recognized as vital and performing a critical role in society” (NAEYC, 2015). In order to fulfill that vision, we need to make darn sure those in this profession obtain quality and appropriate training. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is especially true […]

Making STEM Learning Intentional Is Easier Than You Think

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While most early childhood teachers are comfortable with learning centers, fewer probably would say they’re comfortable with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), a real focus in education these days. But Deirdre Englehart, co-author of STEM Play, approaches learning centers through a STEM lens and believes themes can be integrated into centers to promote creativity […]

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