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Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Article
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.

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Blog Post
Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Less than two decades after the first Kindergarten was established, the institution was outlawed by the ruling government. Why did the Prussian autocrats feel threatened by a child-centered, play-based, progressive philosophy? Friedrich Froebel, the un-sung creator of Kindergarten, protested the...

Symbolic Play

mini blocks
Blog Post
Date: April 14, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Here’s a delightful story we received from one of our readers: “I got many stuffs in here—many peoples,” announces Shavonne as she loads her favorite mini unit block shapes into a little bucket. She shrugs her shoulders with excitement, her eyes shining. Just shy of her...

Creating a Yes Environment

yes environment
Article
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.

Creating a Yes Environment

Yes
Blog Post
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Children love to push at boundaries. They want to know where you draw the lines, what you expect of them, and how you respond to daily occurrences. Think how many times each day you have to tell a child, “no”. Are there some days when you feel like a police officer, constantly...

STEM is Everywhere

STEM
Blog Post
Date: March 31, 2015
Author: Rhonda
I recently attended an early childhood conference about STEM education and was surprised to realize that the acronym simply labels skills that are actually second nature for young children. They are constantly observing and experimenting (Science), exploring simple tools (Technology), solving...

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Article
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.

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Article
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.

The Best Toys

Loose Parts
Blog Post
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“The Lego was fought for, stringing beads spilled in anger, plastic animals broken by grabbing. . . . as a teacher I was at my wits end with this particular group of children. They simply could not play harmoniously together,” relates Martha, an experienced preschool teacher....

Inviting Learning

PreK Activity Areas
Blog Post
Date: March 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Learning doesn’t happen sitting down—at least not when you’re four years old! The preschool years should be ones of active, hands-on discovery and exploration. This requires a stimulating environment that offers choices to children, invites them to engage in a number of...

Pom Pom Chicks

chicks
Slide Show
Date: March 10, 2015
There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors.

Easy Pompom Project

pom pom
Blog Post
Date: March 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Don’t miss this great project for spring! There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors. Older kids will quickly manage the whole project independently. Your younger kids...

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Article
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.

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Blog Post
Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Kids seem to have fewer social skills than they did 15 years ago,” remarks one kindergarten teacher. “I find I’m spending more and more time helping my children settle disputes.” What is going on? What can explain the rising levels of bullying and teasing being...

The Importance of Dramatic Play

SOC
Blog Post
Date: February 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Fantasy play is the glue that binds together all other pursuits, including the early teaching of reading and writing skills…” Vivian Gussin Paley Unstructured, creative time in the early childhood classroom is decreasing as teachers come under the pressure of standardized...

Lessons from the Bowerbird

artwork
Blog Post
Date: February 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
This is an invitation to think beyond the ordinary. Think beyond the pictures in the early childhood catalog. Think beyond the room next door. Think like a bowerbird. Although an unlikely role model for teachers, this small native of the South Pacific may have a lot to teach us about intentional,...

Lessons from the Bowerbird

Bowerbird2
Article
Date: February 17, 2015
Author: Sandra Duncan
What can an early childhood classroom teacher learn from an Australian bowerbird?

Indoor Gardening

carrot top
Blog Post
Date: February 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
You don’t have to wait until spring to learn about growing plants! Try sprouting carrot tops in your window—they’re super easy and the fern-like, green foliage looks very beautiful. Plus, the little green shoots appear in a matter of days which makes it a perfect project to do...

The Tools of STEM

workbench
Blog Post
Date: February 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Where are the innovators, engineers, surgeons, and scientists of tomorrow? Today, most likely, they’re constructing dangerously high towers in your block corner, getting drenched at the sand and water table, or tinkering with the volume control on the CD player. Scientific investigation is,...

The Power of the Woodworking Bench

work bench
Article
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...
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All Resources for All Topics

(265 Results)

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Article
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.

Rediscovering Kindergarten

kindergarten
Blog Post
Date: April 21, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Less than two decades after the first Kindergarten was established, the institution was outlawed by the ruling government. Why did the Prussian autocrats feel threatened by a child-centered, play-based, progressive philosophy? Friedrich Froebel, the un-sung creator of Kindergarten, protested the...

Symbolic Play

mini blocks
Blog Post
Date: April 14, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Here’s a delightful story we received from one of our readers: “I got many stuffs in here—many peoples,” announces Shavonne as she loads her favorite mini unit block shapes into a little bucket. She shrugs her shoulders with excitement, her eyes shining. Just shy of her...

Creating a Yes Environment

yes environment
Article
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.

Creating a Yes Environment

Yes
Blog Post
Date: April 07, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Children love to push at boundaries. They want to know where you draw the lines, what you expect of them, and how you respond to daily occurrences. Think how many times each day you have to tell a child, “no”. Are there some days when you feel like a police officer, constantly...

STEM is Everywhere

STEM
Blog Post
Date: March 31, 2015
Author: Rhonda
I recently attended an early childhood conference about STEM education and was surprised to realize that the acronym simply labels skills that are actually second nature for young children. They are constantly observing and experimenting (Science), exploring simple tools (Technology), solving...

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Article
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.

The Learning in Loose Parts

Loose Parts
Article
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.

The Best Toys

Loose Parts
Blog Post
Date: March 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“The Lego was fought for, stringing beads spilled in anger, plastic animals broken by grabbing. . . . as a teacher I was at my wits end with this particular group of children. They simply could not play harmoniously together,” relates Martha, an experienced preschool teacher....

Inviting Learning

PreK Activity Areas
Blog Post
Date: March 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Learning doesn’t happen sitting down—at least not when you’re four years old! The preschool years should be ones of active, hands-on discovery and exploration. This requires a stimulating environment that offers choices to children, invites them to engage in a number of...

Pom Pom Chicks

chicks
Slide Show
Date: March 10, 2015
There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors.

Easy Pompom Project

pom pom
Blog Post
Date: March 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Don’t miss this great project for spring! There are many ways to make pompoms but this is by far the simplest and fastest method I have come across. All you need is a fork, some yarn, and a pair of scissors. Older kids will quickly manage the whole project independently. Your younger kids...

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Article
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.

Compassion Deficit Disorder

CDD
Blog Post
Date: March 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Kids seem to have fewer social skills than they did 15 years ago,” remarks one kindergarten teacher. “I find I’m spending more and more time helping my children settle disputes.” What is going on? What can explain the rising levels of bullying and teasing being...

The Importance of Dramatic Play

SOC
Blog Post
Date: February 24, 2015
Author: Rhonda
“Fantasy play is the glue that binds together all other pursuits, including the early teaching of reading and writing skills…” Vivian Gussin Paley Unstructured, creative time in the early childhood classroom is decreasing as teachers come under the pressure of standardized...

Lessons from the Bowerbird

artwork
Blog Post
Date: February 17, 2015
Author: Rhonda
This is an invitation to think beyond the ordinary. Think beyond the pictures in the early childhood catalog. Think beyond the room next door. Think like a bowerbird. Although an unlikely role model for teachers, this small native of the South Pacific may have a lot to teach us about intentional,...

Lessons from the Bowerbird

Bowerbird2
Article
Date: February 17, 2015
Author: Sandra Duncan
What can an early childhood classroom teacher learn from an Australian bowerbird?

Indoor Gardening

carrot top
Blog Post
Date: February 10, 2015
Author: Rhonda
You don’t have to wait until spring to learn about growing plants! Try sprouting carrot tops in your window—they’re super easy and the fern-like, green foliage looks very beautiful. Plus, the little green shoots appear in a matter of days which makes it a perfect project to do...

The Tools of STEM

workbench
Blog Post
Date: February 03, 2015
Author: Rhonda
Where are the innovators, engineers, surgeons, and scientists of tomorrow? Today, most likely, they’re constructing dangerously high towers in your block corner, getting drenched at the sand and water table, or tinkering with the volume control on the CD player. Scientific investigation is,...

The Power of the Woodworking Bench

work bench
Article
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...
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