A well designed Invitation to Play (paint, cook, draw, etc...) will help the teacher capture a child's attention. Whether the process involves cutting, building, writing, sorting, or painting - we can set the stage and make the process look inviting so the child will want to give it a try. We use the invitation to capture attention. However, capturing attention and keeping a child engaged or inspired in the process is totally different. Keep reading and I will [...]
All through out the year, I give my students lots of opportunities for exploring concepts such as color mixing but along with the freedom to explore, I will often take the time to sit down with my students and walk through a concept. This lesson in color mixing is an example of such a time...
Remarkable learning is happening through ordinary play but we can often miss it. See how to foster the remarkable through ordinary play.
Teaching children self-control doesn't have to be complex but it does need to be a goal in any preschool classroom!
I have almost always started our day with circle time in preschool. I choose a great children's book along with other conversation sparkers that ultimately branch out into a variety of other content areas like art, math, and so forth... But lately, my three year old nephew, Wy, has been teaching me to rethink my approach a bit and to be more willing to "teach outside of the box".... The other day, I posted a [...]
In our zest to help children "create" sometimes it is easy to forget what it means to be creative... Creativity is inspired when we give children the opportunity to explore the art process and materials without the pressure of having to do it in a specific way... In an effort to teach children, adults get the idea that if they control a child's movements or actions that this will help the child be more proficient [...]
Last week, after our final rehearsal for the spring show the children wanted to speak on my real microphone. I happen to have come from my news segment at Fox 59 earlier that morning and so I played news anchor and interviewed the children.... The interview went something like this... Me: "Good morning, this is Deborah from Fox 59 Morning News and today I am interviewing the children from Learning Time and they [...]
Today, I happened by this class to see what was up and while there, I discovered the real teacher hard at work play. This young teacher (a Pre-K student) was holding a set of cards that had been made for the transportation activity box. Each card had a different color of car on the front along with another set of cards with color words on them... The "teacher" held up each color word card and [...]
Let's face it - little boys and little girls have some basic differences. They look different, they smell and sound different (sometimes), they have different body parts, and sometimes they even play differently. But the real question is, should we teach them differently? The most recent topic of discussion on Bam Radio titled "Debunking 3 Big Fat Myths About Teaching Boys Versus Teaching Girls" seeks to answer that question. Click on the link [...]
Last week I was the guest commentator on the Bam Radio Show along with Rae Pica, Ellen Ava Sigler, Ed.D., and Margaret Berry Wilson. The topic was titled, "Creating Praise Junkies: Are You Giving Children Too Much "Positive" Reinforcement?" . You can click on the link to take a listen. Rae Pica with Ellen Ava Sigler, Ed.D., Margaret Berry Wilson, and Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. My Thoughts on positive reinforcement... I have seen [...]