Have you ever heard someone say, "All they ever want to do is play in the block center!" Well I have some news about the block center that just might surprise you. In fact, instead of trying to figure out how to get kids out of the block center, this person might start wishing students would spend more time in the block center. I recently participated in a Bam Radio podcast with Rae Pica and Rosanne Regan Hansel which you [...]
When one of my preschool students shares with me something they have made or done, my automatic response is almost always to say, "good job!" But as you will hear in this recent Bam Radio Interview with Randy Hitz and Rae Pica, there are far more valuable things I could be saying instead of "good job" to my students. Before I share my thoughts, let me invite you to take a listen to the Bam Radio Show. Just click [...]
I just finished listening to the Bam Radio Show titled, "Arts versus Crafts in ECE: Which Matters Most?" The guest speaker was author MaryAnn Kohl who has written a whole collection of books all dedicated to promoting process focused art in the preschool classroom. The interview explored the differences between arts and crafts and touched on what is considered developmentally appropriate for young children. Let me begin by inviting you to hop on over to Bam Radio and [...]
See why displaying and using visual behavior charts is risky business in the classroom and what the alternatives might be.
I know - calendar time is a tradition. It's something you've always done. It's something that you just never want to give up. I get that. But as you can see in my photos, there is no calendar on our morning greeting boards... I recently participated in a discussion on Bam Radio with Rae Pica, Amanda Morgan, and Heather Shumaker titled, Is it time to dump calendar time and letter of the week? Click the play button in [...]
Come and join us for our Summer Blog Book Study. This summer, we are talking all about challenging behaviors in the classroom! Don't miss it!
At the top of your list of priorities needs to be building a sense of community in your classroom. Come and see these tips on how to build community!
In the early childhood classroom, we can look at classroom management as a plan for what procedures our students will follow throughout each day as well as what the teacher's role is in helping our students have a successful experience each day.
Exploring the term STEM and its use in early learning along with Rae Pica, Lilian Katz, and Sherri Killins.
Teaching children self-control doesn't have to be complex but it does need to be a goal in any preschool classroom!