This is the perfect time of the year to explore the outdoors and the ideal opportunity to support children’s motor development. According to the Center for Disease Control, 12.7 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.  The obesity rate was higher among Hispanics (21.9%) and non-Hispanic blacks (19.5%) than among non-Hispanic whites (14.7%).  These statistics provide a prime reason...

Think back to your childhood. What was your favorite memory or experience about science? What sparked your interest? How were these experiences created?

One of my favorite childhood memories about science was watching The Magic School Bus. I wish I had a  teacher as cool as Ms. Frizzle to make science fun.  Although Ms. Frizzle is a character from the cartoon The Magic School Bus, there are...

I recently attended a conference where one of the participants bravely asked, “What is DAP?”  As early childhood educators, we loosely throw those three letters around, but do we truly know what they mean or better yet, what DAP looks like in early childhood classrooms?

NAEYC tells us that DAP means developmentally appropriate practice which is defined as practice that promotes young children’s optimal...

I taught Pre-K for many years and I was great at a lot of things.  However, the more I learn about early childhood best practices, the more I realize I wasn’t so great at everything.  That led me to make my list of “Things I wish I’d known about teaching Pre-K.”  Perhaps you too can benefit from my new wisdom.

1. Use a picture schedule and avoid calendar time.  Pre-K students do not have a we...

Have you ever told your students, “You are so smart”?  Without meaning to, you are actually doing them a disservice, according to Carol Dweck, the psychologist who developed the idea of fixed versus growth mindset.  People have ways of thinking that can either support or hinder their intellectual growth. 

According to Dweck, a fixed mindset is one in which people believe their intelligence an...

86% of brain development happens between birth and age five.  I cannot say that sentence without letting the magnitude of its meaning circulate through my whole  educator body every single time.  This statement alone should spark educational change and drive changing priorities.  Why do we continue to have to argue for the importance of early childhood education when this fact is known?...

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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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