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Science is Wonder

Science is Wonder
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Date: August 25, 2015
Author: Mike Huber
The best way to teach science to preschoolers is to inspire them to wonder. Let them be scientists. Let them come up with questions. Let them explore. What’s in the Box? In my book, All in One Day, the teacher, Walter, hands each child a box that is taped shut. There is something inside and...

Constructive Play

Constructive play
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Date: August 11, 2015
Author: Francis Wardle
Constructive play is what young children do naturally. While other forms of play can be justified as preparing children for later academic and life successes, constructive play should be encouraged and supported because it lets children simply be children.

Engineering Experiences in Early Childhood

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Date: July 28, 2015
Author: Betty Zan & Beth Van Meeteren
When children are absorbed in play and problem solving, they are naturally engaging in engineering experiences.

The Childs Love of Mystery

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Date: July 14, 2015
Author: Judith Pack
As you work with children, keep in mind that mystery heightens curiosity and teachers are crucial players in creating places where children and adults can pursue these mysteries together.

Resilience

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Date: June 30, 2015
Author: Joan Almon
Why do some children manage to succeed in life, even against great odds, while others do not? How can educators cultivate a spirit of resilience in a child, enabling them to meet and overcome life's challenges?

Supporting Social and Emotional Development

SET for Life
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Date: June 16, 2015
Author: Jennifer Fiechtner and Kay Albrecht
As an early childhood educator, you have so much power to influence how children feel in your classroom! A classroom environment which helps children feel welcome, safe, and secure is critical to supporting ongoing emotional and social development.

The Value of Loose Parts

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Date: June 02, 2015
Author: Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky
Loose parts spark children's creativity and innovation, making them valuable as learning tools. This article highlights how they can be incorporated into each of the main curriculum areas.

What Does it Mean to Care

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Date: May 19, 2015
Author: Carol Garboden Murray
There is a misperception in our society that child care and early learning are two different things based on the view that child care is custodial and preschool is educational. What we know is that high quality, responsive, intellectually stimulating programs are doing the same thing—simultaneously caring for and educating young children.

Awakening the Senses

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Date: May 05, 2015
Author: Alice Sterling Honig, PhD
A child's earliest learning is through their senses. Guiding young children in safe sensory experiences will further their learning and expand their awareness of the world around them.

Rediscovering Kindergarten

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Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Tiffeni Goesel
To rediscover Froebel means to rediscover the true essence of childhood. The “Children’s Garden” needs to become again the place where children are nurtured through play, hands-on exploration, and loving care.

Creating a Yes Environment

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Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Teresa Gonsoski
A classroom must provide an environment where the children are able to feel successful through opportunities to explore materials in their own way. They need to be allowed to make messes and make mistakes.

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
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Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Heather Fox and Susie Wirth
Vast learning occurs when children are able to interact and play with loose parts. Exposing children to the many and varied materials the natural world offers is both stimulating and enriching.

Compassion Deficit Disorder

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Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Diane E. Levin
Why does it seem like children are having more and more trouble with social skills? Why are teachers having to spend more time and energy on classroom management than in the past? What is causing these social behavior disturbances? Several factors are addressed in this article.

Lessons from the Bowerbird

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Date: February 17, 2015
Author: Sandra Duncan
What can an early childhood classroom teacher learn from an Australian bowerbird?

The Power of the Woodworking Bench

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Date: February 03, 2015
Author: Judith Pack
“Clunk, clunk, zzzz-zzzzz—thunk!” These are sounds of kids using tools at a woodworking bench. Sounds once familiar and pleasurable to me during my teaching days. I no longer hear those sounds during my visits to schools, nor do I see woodworking benches as part of the classroom...

Inclusion: Finding a Common Understanding

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Date: January 27, 2015
Author: Melissa Crist
Finding a shared definition of early childhood inclusion is crucial in ensuring that every child gets the best possible start.

How Babies Learn

how babies learn
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Date: January 13, 2015
Author: Lois Ingellis & Arlene Rider
Have commercialism and information overload confused our innate instincts on how to care for children? Two grandmothers submit their advice and cautions in this refreshing article filled with age-old wisdom.

Community Partnerships for Assuring School Readiness

Community Partnerships
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Date: December 16, 2014
Author: Dana Friedman
Early childhood advocates have long known that we lack systems and infrastructure to deliver comprehensive services to children and their families, but what can we do to fix the problem?

The Power of Play

Power of Play
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Date: November 25, 2014
Author: Dr. Mary Ruth Moore
Teachers must model appropriate play practices in their classrooms, but what if the teachers themselves don't understand the importance of play to childhood? As a professor of early childhood education, Dr. Moore, shares her commitment to teach her students the power of play.

The Big Questions

The Big Questions
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Date: November 18, 2014
Author: Judith Pack
In this thought provoking article, Judi Pack urges teachers to take time to reflect on the “big questions”: How do you view children? Who do you want to be in the lives of your students? How do young children learn? How would you define your role in the classroom?
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