Friday, December 20, 2013
As I am reading your book in my spare moments at work, I want to jump up and down because it explains so well my philosophy and belief in how Early Childhood Education should be done. I had the privilege of working at a preschool the past 25 years that also believes in DAP and nurturing the whole child in an environment where the teachers are the facilitators and the children are the leaders of the play. We were one of the first in Kansas City to receive NAEYC accreditation and participated in the pilot program for QRIS, receiving a 5 star rating...You describe DAP so well in an easy to read, enjoyable way. I want to carry it around and give it to everyone I meet and say ”ditto” on everything in this book. J Thank you for spreading the message so well, keep up the good work.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
In case you need a little help with ideas today (It's a snow day here in Baltimore), I thought of something we do in the preschools that would be fun with your children. Now, fun is a relative term. You will need to be present in the beginning of the activity in order for it to succeed. If you do this activity while stir-frying or tweasing your brows, this may not be as fun.
Make a discovery pile with 5 random objects ( for example, pillow, umbrella, computer mouse, box of tissues and a picture frame.) Use those objects to generate creative thinking games.
|Completely random picture frame showing off|
my family in our early years. :)
Layout all the items, have them shut their eyes while you remove one, and then guess what’s missing.
Practicing wrapping the items (make sure you have plenty of recycled paper and tape!) and surprise each other with a “gift”.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
But I still had time to learn a little something.
Like. and Share. Two words I've tried to instill in my sons over the last 25 years are now being taught to me. By a marketing guru no less. Here's how it works.
If all my friends who read my posts hit like, then Share that post with their friends, asking THEM to Like and Share, I will amass great numbers of likes, and will, one day, be called by ELLEN's producers to "come on in and share your message with the world."
And what exactly IS that message, you wonder?
Ah, that answer is on the next blog. Until then, you know what to do!
See the icons below? Just Like. and Share!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Here's another snippet from my new book, Monday Memo: Creating Change in Early Childhood Education, One Message At a Time.
As we discussed, this year will be about building relationships and implementing developmentally appropriate practice. We connected the research about how children learn with the importance of being intentional teachers. Some of what we discussed was new to you. During our discussion of the Vermont standards for kindergarten readiness, we noted that decoding (reading) and writing are not required skills for four year olds.
The amount of time used for teaching letters and sounds can now be used to offer free time experiences that increase their independence, i.e. getting dressed, communicating their needs, caring for each other, problem solving skills, etc. You can also use that time to allow the children to explore interesting materials that people bring into the classroom.
Remember when we practiced setting up materials in an intentional way to get the children interested? Jacquie and Jenn sorted rocks and put them in glass baby food jars. They displayed the jars on a mirror to offer a visual appeal. Then they took a few big shells and placed some small rocks in one and larger rocks in the other. Next to the rocks they placed a magnifying glass. They told us their intent was to encourage the children to explore and maybe sort the rocks by size. We all agreed that this display was much more interesting than the red bowl of rocks that they usually have sitting in the science area.
Developmentally appropriate practice and child centered learning have been proven to be excellent ways to teach children. This combination of the constructivist and sociocultural theories tells us to create experiences that allow children to construct meaning. Giving children ample time to have these experiences lets them share what they are learning with their peers. The role of teacher as facilitator means you “guide” learning experiences, not “teach knowledge.”
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