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Helping Children Succeed

Posted by: Rhonda November 19, 2019

In her book, Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky outlines the following list of seven essential skills every child must develop to be successful, not just in school, but in life:

#1: The ability to focus and exercise self-control
#2: The ability to notice and understand the needs of others
#3: The ability to communicate
#4: The ability to make connections (what fits together)
#5: The ability to think critically
#6: The ability to take on challenges
#7: The ability to become engaged, self-directed learners

Which classroom activity should you promote that supports children acquiring these invaluable assets? (Hint: it does not happen at a desk.) Read here.

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Embracing Process Art in Early Childhood Classrooms

Posted by: Rhonda November 12, 2019

“When my son was three years old, I went to an ‘art show’ at his nursery school,” relates Elizabeth Richards. “I stopped in front of a display labeled Whooo is it? and stared at the rows of perfectly assembled owls, each of which had a lift-up flap with a child’s picture underneath.

“As an early childhood educator, I had a gut feeling that something was off here. Was this what preschool art was supposed to look like? Where was the creativity and self-expression?

“That was the beginning of my questioning around how young children should experience art. . .”  Read more.

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The Wisdom of Play

Posted by: Rhonda November 5, 2019

What makes early childhood education unique among other levels of education? It starts with the child, not the subject matter.

Grounded solidly in philosophy and scientific research, the early childhood curriculum should be the most holistic of any level of education. However, politically and commercially driven efforts have shifted the focus from the child to the curriculum—in a direction that dismisses play as irrelevant.

How do you define play? What is the function of play for children? And how do you teach others the value of play? Read what prominent advocates of childhood such as David Elkind, Joan Almon, and Stuart Brown have to say about this critical issue in our staff development booklet: The Wisdom of Play.

Download or request your free copy here.

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What Happened to Fine Motor Skills?

Posted by: Rhonda October 29, 2019

“A new and disturbing phenomenon is rising on the educational horizon,” warns Dr. Marcy Guddemi. “Many children are arriving at kindergarten lacking the basic fine motor skills needed to hold a pencil and write.”

Although this troubling trend is surfacing in Kindergarten, it has its roots—and remedy—in early childhood. This article is a call to action for educators and parents to return to the time-tested play materials of childhood to best prepare our children for school. Read more.

Magic Wand

Waving Your Magic Wand

Posted by: Rhonda October 22, 2019

Strategies for Minimizing Challenging Behaviors

Have you had that kind of day where you feel like you’ve been just reacting to behavior issues nonstop? Besides being exhausting, valuable teaching time is wasted on constant classroom management.

Does anyone have a magic wand?

Sorry, no wand, but Dr. Anita Ede has some strategies you can employ to prevent challenging behaviors and minimize them when they occur. Read more.