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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, […]

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, […]

Conversations – Not Apps — Grow Children’s Language

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Those of us with children have all been there: standing in a queue as long as the river Nile at the supermarket with a slowly unraveling toddler in the cart. You could hand her your iPhone with a colorful app that bings and boings to forestall that tantrum. Or, you could talk to her – […]

Morgan Sleeps Over! 7 Lessons I Learned

Do you remember the first time you had a sleep-over? Along with that first loose tooth, this is one great big rite of passage. Lately I find myself spending more time listening to the ever-present Eugene rain, Soundscapes and relaxation music. If I look at social media I get fixated on mindless, fun stuff or […]

A Classroom Mistake

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I’ve been thinking about mistakes in the classroom…mostly the ones I make. The first one that comes to mind happened when I was teaching first graders. I had put up a wonder wall and received lots of great questions and wonders. One day, when reading some of the wonders in our group, I read a […]

Keep Them Passionately Curious

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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 onbuilding early readersor how to get a jump start onmath skills(both important, to be sure), but what I really believe young children need goes beyond even […]

Play in the “New First Grade”

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Recent news continues to highlight the increasing demands on teachers, students and families during the first year of school. Kindergarten is the “New First Grade” has been said many times during the past few years, however increased academic expectations can be met with developmentally appropriate instructional strategies…play included. The benefits of play in the new […]

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 […]

How Lightning Taught Me to Love Science: Adults and Children Must Learn Together

When I was little, I was afraid of thunder and lightning, and you can be sure there was plenty of that in Northern Ohio, where I grew up. Lake effect storms were common, coming down as rain or snow. As I cowered from a storm, my father bid me come to the screen door to […]

Creating Meaningful Transitions from PreK-K

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If we want children to be ready for kindergarten, we must be certain that the environments and systems we create are responsive to the unique developmental needs of not only preschoolers but infants, toddlers and their families. Dr. Terri Rose – Emotional Readiness: How Early Experiences and Mental Health Predict School Success Moving into the […]

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