Category Archives: Learning through Play and Experience

Problem Solving Circle Time

The idea of guiding a large group of children can send some adults into a cold-sweat panic.  What they may have envisioned as an idyllic reading of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” or a thoughtful conversation about the life cycle … Continue reading

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Hit this Reset Button on Grumpy Days

I don’t remember what it was that set him off in the first place.  But he had passed annoyed and had clearly moved on to angry. Likely, it was the day-long accumulation of typical seven year-old stressors, all piled together … Continue reading

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How a Baby with a Mustache Taught Me to Be a Better Parent

“I left a baby gift for you on your doorstep. It’s the perfect thing for a mom with four boys.” My friend mentioned this to me casually as we both worked in our neighbor’s kitchen, preparing refreshments for a wedding. … Continue reading

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Rigor in Early Education. “I do not think it means what you think it means.”: Read Along Section 8-What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

You know that famous scene in The Princess Bride, when the legendary Spanish swordsman, Inigo Montoya, says, “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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Succeeding Through Failure: Read Along Section 7–What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Growing up in the 80s and 90s, my brother’s room was a shrine to Michael Jordan.  After I came home one day, devastated about missing out on a part for a children’s theater production, I was taken by my brother … Continue reading

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An Assessment of the Testing Culture: Read Along Section 6 – What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

The topic of “testing” gets a very passionate response from educators (and parents), and not usually a very good one.  But ask them about assessments, and you’re likely to get a very different response.  It may be a matter of … Continue reading

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Wait! What Happened to Recess? : Read Along Section 5 – What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

The mystery of the disappearing recess, is not an uncommon topic of discussion in elementary education.  The majority of adults remember a morning recess, a lunch recess, and an afternoon recess.  I think most Americans would hazard a guess and … Continue reading

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Trouble Sitting Still: Read Along Section 4 — What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

It was years ago that I read the passage, but it is one of the first that comes back to me as I consider the importance of recognizing that the work of the mind and the work of the body … Continue reading

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