preschoolers

Starting 3-Year-Olds in Organized Sports? Let’s Get Real

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Generally speaking, most parents can’t wait to get their young children into activities. They want to do something that’s out of the house or outdoors. They’re anxious to find out what their child’s talents might be and signing them up for a team seems like a good first step in that direction. But, there are […]

“Does he act like this all day?” “No, Mr. Gibson. Only when you’re here.”

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This isn’t news for any teacher of young children anywhere. We’ve all experienced it. Four-year-old Carter is a good listener, follows the rules (mostly- he’s 4!), and gets along with the other children. Then, at day’s end, Mom arrives and a crazy transformation takes place. For Carter, rules are forgotten, as well as his inside […]

Expecting Preschoolers to Learn Self-Control… Is That Even Possible?

We know that during the first 5 years of life, there is significant brain development. However, some areas of the brain are slower to mature than others. One such area is the prefrontal cortex, which is the center for executive function. This is why young children often have difficulty with emotional and impulse control. But, […]

Math Talk with Preschoolers…Say What?

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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Learning to read. Covered with jello, bugs & snails!

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 […]

Why Preschool Matters to Kindergartners

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 […]

15 Ways to Describe a Four-Year-Old

After spending this past weekend with a delightful gaggle of four-year-olds, and given the fact that I have not been in the classroom teaching that age for quite a few years now, I was reminded what a great age it is. They’ve passed the terrible two’s and the challenging three’s, with the ever-present push for […]

It’s Better Outside… Seriously!

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Summer- a time when the lure of sedentary, screen-focused activities seems irresistible to most kids. And, parents frequently acquiesce due to scary media about what lurks outside the door… sun overexposure, itchy plants and bugs, dirt, and more! But, let’s get real. Of course, we need to take some necessary precautions, like wearing sunscreen and […]

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