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Lessons from the Bowerbird

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

work bench
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

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
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
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
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
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?

Teaching STEM with Ramps

Ramps and Pathways
Date: November 04, 2014
Author: Betty Zan
Incorporating ramps in the block area opens up a new realm of scientific exploration plus a whole lot of great fun! How to implement these ideas into your classroom:

Play is a Childs Work

Date: October 28, 2014
Author: Johann Christoph Arnold
In our frantically over-scheduled culture, a loud and clear voice promoting the right of every child to play.

Giving Children a Natural Start

Natural Start
Date: October 07, 2014
Author: Christy Merrick
A child’s early positive experiences—watching ants march down the sidewalk, listening to birds calling in the trees, catching rainwater in a rain barrel—give children a great start that sets them up for later learning that builds into environmental literacy.

Screening Out

Screened Out
Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Johann Christoph Arnold
There is no easy way to relieve the burden that technology places on children. But if we love them, we can't slip into resignation just because we don't know where to start.

The Wonder of Nature's Colors

Nature's Color
Date: September 16, 2014
Author: Kelly Johnson
Nature provides the stage and art provides the script to help you awaken a love of learning in your students.

Making Language Come Alive

Story Telling
Date: September 02, 2014
Author: Judi Pack, M.A.Ed.
Young children need to be provided with language experiences that promote a love of books, language, and story within a play-based environment filled with rich conversation and meaning.

The Power of Purposeful Environments

Preschool Environments
Date: August 19, 2014
Author: Amy Sussna Klein
How can the environment take on some of the responsibilities typically associated with teachers?

When to Start Kindergarten

Date: August 05, 2014
Author: Marcy Guddemi, PhD
A common dilemma confronts many parents of kindergarten students. Is my child ready for school? Which school?

Building 21st Century Skills Block by Block

block building
Date: July 22, 2014
Author: Karen Liu
If playing with blocks is such a foundational pillar of education why is block play still largely relagated to a "choice" activity, limited by space and time? What if block building were a central element in your curriculum and schedule?

Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood

Nature Play
Date: July 15, 2014
Author: Kenneth Finch
The children and nature movement is fostering wonderful new ways for kids to play outdoors, yet most of these new approaches are challenged in one vital dimension: frequency. If we really want to power-up nature-based play, it needs to be available where children can enjoy it almost any day, without adult involvement or confining schedules.

Tribal Learning

Cross Generational
Date: July 01, 2014
Author: Maureen Swinger
A small group of parents grow disillusioned with public Kindergarten and decide to venture outside of the box.

Making a Mud Kitchen

Mud Kitchen
Date: June 24, 2014
Author: Mary Rivkin
It’s mud season again and good things are being made. How about a chocolate mud pie, decorated with yellow dandelions? Or a luscious cupcake sprinkled with sand and cherry petals? A mud kitchen can be a stimulating, and very accessible, addition to your outdoor space.

A Special Place for Play in Special Education

A Special Place for Play
Date: June 10, 2014
Author: Jan Dowling
With pressure from many sources, it takes courage and effort to promote play as an intentional intervention for children with special needs.
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