In last month’s First Friday Q&A, I talked about why quality preschool is so valuable, with the caveat that hanging a shingle that says PRESCHOOL and congregating with children, is not enough to qualify for the benefits early education has shown in established studies.
My grandmother had a very green thumb. As my grandfather toiled away at getting alfalfa fields to grow and cows to give milk in a high desert climate, she turned their front yard into an explosion of color and scent. There were bright California poppies, delicate bleeding heart bushes, a huge swath of daisies, roses that were fuller and brighter than anything at the store, fascinating four o’clocks, little purple pansies (which she loved to sing about), and my favorites: the lilac and snowball bushes.
First Friday Q&A is back!
Today’s question actually comes from a recent conversation with my dad, who asked, “What’s the deal with public preschool? Is it really necessary?”
I recently taught a day-long workshop for a fantastic group of early childhood educators on intentional teaching and the power of play. In preparing for that, I spent a lot of time reading Dr. Stuart Brown’s book,Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul (*affiliate link).
It’s been quiet here.
Well, it’s been quiet here on the blog. In my life it’s been a cacophony of power tools, packing tape, and less than happy children. We recently made it through the all-hands-on-deck phase of getting our home finished and everything moved. I’ve been grouting, caulking, sanding, and painting. Packing and unpacking. All important and very necessary —- but that meant no time for running or writing. Two of my favorite outlets. When I’m too busy for those two, I usually find myself with a one-way ticket on the express train to Crazy Town.