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Asking Open Ended Questions

Published on November 27, 2018 under Winter
A question like " what color is that block?" evokes a one word answer. But an open ended question " tell me about the blocks you are using " gives the child an opportunity to…
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Literacy and Santa

Published on November 26, 2018 under Winter
Who knew you could encourage kids to write letters by simply starting the day with a Christmas Song early in the morning and showing them a new prop I got for the playroom ? We…
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Active Learning is Best

Published on November 20, 2018 under Winter
Active learning takes advantage of a children's natural desire to move and touch. Young children love to manipulate items and explore new ideas . They enjoy the opportunity to see how things work and to…
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But Why Visitors ?

Published on November 19, 2018 under Winter
Today was a busy day. We actually had one less person show up to spend time in out classroom then we had planned. One might ask does this disrupt our day or in anyway take…
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Pretend Play

Published on November 15, 2018 under Winter
Pretend play is not only one of the great joys of childhood, it also offers abundant opportunities for children's development. Children develop interpersonal skills, particularly cooperation and conflict resolution, and improve their language in problem-solving…
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Fine Motor Development

Published on November 14, 2018 under Winter
To many people, fine motor development is the way children hold and use pencils, crayons, and scissors. But fine motor development is so much more. To understand fine motor development it is important to understand…
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Setting Goals

Published on November 12, 2018 under Winter
When a teacher writes lesson plans she has a goal. For some teachers it's to teach a thematic topic - such as Thanksgiving. The children are taught what thanksgiving means , how it got started…
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A Recipe For Learning

Published on November 9, 2018 under Winter
To children, the world of cooking is magical. We combine all kinds of ingredients, and simmer ,mix , boil, or bake, and then presto! – Something delicious is created. I told the children yesterday that…
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Growing With Games

Published on November 8, 2018 under Winter
Watch children at play and you'll see them creating their own group games as well as playing old standbys – enjoying the time spent together with other children. But the value of such things goes…
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Election Day 2018

Published on November 6, 2018 under Winter
Teaching children about our democratic society and voting at three years old is a waste of precious time. They don't even understand if you take a vote to go outside that you can only vote…
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