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June 22, 2022

Helping Young Learners Discover a World of Parts and Wholes — Working with Syllables

One of the biggest challenges preschool teachers face is trying to balance age-appropriate academic rigor with the need for kids to just be kids. Preschool should be a place where children begin their academic journey. Young minds are capable of grasping advanced concepts, and parents want you to challenge their children and set them up for success in Kindergarten and beyond
May 24, 2022

Pre-K Writing—Turning Your Preschoolers’ Natural Creativity into Early Writing Skills

One of the biggest challenges preschool teachers face is trying to balance age-appropriate academic rigor with the need for kids to just be kids. Preschool should be a place where children begin their academic journey. Young minds are capable of grasping advanced concepts, and parents want you to challenge their children and set them up for success in Kindergarten and beyond
May 20, 2022

I Think I Can! Developing Confidence with Phonological Awareness

One of the biggest challenges preschool teachers face is trying to balance age-appropriate academic rigor with the need for kids to just be kids. Preschool should be a place where children begin their academic journey. Young minds are capable of grasping advanced concepts, and parents want you to challenge their children and set them up for success in Kindergarten and beyond
May 9, 2022

The Preschool Teacher’s Challenge: Combining Learning with Play – Alphabet Knowledge

One of the biggest challenges preschool teachers face is trying to balance age-appropriate academic rigor with the need for kids to just be kids. Preschool should be a place where children begin their academic journey. Young minds are capable of grasping advanced concepts, and parents want you to challenge their children and set them up for success in Kindergarten and beyond
April 28, 2022

Who Am I? Helping Preschoolers Develop Self-Awareness

On a drive through central Texas recently, I admired the colorful splashes of wildflowers along the highways. I couldn’t help but think about how the showy blooms started as small seeds that lay dormant in the ground for months and then slowly started to germinate before finally sprouting through the surface, ready to join the world of the top-dwellers. If a seed could talk, what would it say of that journey? Of the patience and perseverance required of it?
April 18, 2022

What Comes Next?

Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? Can you recall that feeling when you got to the end and realized that the whole movie was an allegory — that Dorothy hadn’t in fact traveled to Oz, but that the story her subconscious mind concocted was just the lesson she needed to appreciate the people and things closest to her? Sometimes I think teaching young children is one giant allegory. We are usually teaching something that is on the surface quite concrete, but it almost always has deeper lessons that can reverberate throughout a child’s lifetime.
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