“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.  

-Chinese Proverb

This blog post is the first in a three part series on vocabulary development.

Educators have long been told that vocabulary instruction is very important in student learning. That is most definitely true, but why? Words are stored in the brain as knowledge.  According to Fountas and Pinnell (2013), "Vocabulary is m...

Children gain an understanding of spatial relationships when they are building a castle or laying tracks to push a train on. As children engage in activities such as these, they are negotiating the relationships of the objects and the space these objects are occupying. In their play, they are flipping, turning and rotating blocks to fit in particular spaces. 

Often times, however, children lack the lan...

Phonological awareness is a key predictor of later reading success. It begins about the age of three with listening to rhyme and alliteration. However, some of the more difficult aspects of phonological awareness are not fully developed until the age of nine. Phonological awareness is the auditory processing of sounds starting with larger chunks of sounds, including rhyme, alliteration, blending and s...

On Friday, August 10, 2018, the Pre-K 4 SA Professional Learning Department sponsored Back to School Edcamp San Antonio. Over 75 early childhood educators from across the city of San Antonio, from  pre-k through third grade, were in attendance.

You may be wondering,"What is an edcamp?" An edcamp is an organic, participant-driven professional learning experience like no other.  First of all, there...

A couple of summers ago, I read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. One thing that I really took to heart was that everything in your home should bring you joy. As I worked on implementing Kondo’s strategies for organizing and keeping clutter at bay, I decided to start in my closet. I took everything out of my closet, every si...

Do you want to stimulate thinking and metacognition in young children as well as develop oral language? Look no further than a wordless picture book!

You might be thinking, “A wordless picture book? How is that going to help kids read?” Reading must always be about constructing meaning. We cannot wait until after children learn to read words to focus on meaning and comprehension. Comprehension needs to...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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