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Biters: Why They Do It and What To Do About It

Biters: Why They Do It and What To Do About It Although biting isn't "abnormal" in the sense that one ...
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Bad eating habits can start in daycare

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Some daycare centers may find “clean plate club” policies hard to resist, even though ...
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Bias Isn’t Just A Police Problem, It’s A Preschool Problem

A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black ...
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Back To School Poems

Back To School Poems Whose Child Is This? Author Unknown "Whose child is this?" I asked one day ...
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Classroom Instruments Enter Sandman

Jimmy Fallon, Metallica & The Roots Sing "Enter Sandman" (Classroom Instruments) ...
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Common Challenges, Varied Solutions

Earlier this spring, I had dinner with some new friends who, like my husband and me, are parents of a ...
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Celebrating High Chair Philosophers

What do sippy cups have to do with STEM learning? Definitely more than you might think, says Elisabeth McClure, recent ...
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Can Typical Educational Games Support Learning Within Curriculum?

The potential of digital games for education is enhanced by the fact that digital games are everywhere. In 2008, the Pew ...
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Creating Captive Readers

   I have been anxiously anticipating the newest edition of Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Handbook. The waiting has reminded me ...
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Creating a Digital Media Roadmap for Latino Parents

On a recent visit to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to lead 15 Spanish-speaking moms on a field test of a new media ...
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A Checklist for Evaluating Diverse Children’s Media

As a children’s librarian at a small library, a significant part of my job is to find and purchase the ...
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Constructive Strategies

Aggression and Cooperation: Helping Young Children Develop Constructive Strategies. Jan Jewett EDO-PS-92-10 In the past two decades, our understanding of ...
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Celebrating Diversity: Resisting Bias

Children become aware of the positive attitudes and biases held by family and friends at an early age ...
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Connecting With Families In Your School

Connecting with families helps with student success ...
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Celebrating Holidays

Celebrating holidays in early childhood programs ...
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Communication Is The Key

A strong connection between families and child care providers is essential for building a positive environment for young children. But ...
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Calm Parenting

Angry Kid, Calm Parent Your child is furious! Yelling, stomping and losing control. How do you react? ...
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Celery

Oh My!!!!  What Ever Shall I Do With That Wilted Celery? ...
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Daylene-Music Savant

Thursday Chester Bennington took his own life and I cried like a baby ...
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Diversity: Brought to you by the letter E: Exposure & Empathy

Thanks to the wonderful Dr. Jessica Piotrowski on behalf of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media ...
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Dance in the Rain

Twelve years ago, I was well on my way to teaching early childhood education full-time in a college or university ...
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Developing an Evidence-Based Early Math App

What if there was a better way to introduce math to young kids? For a parent, one of the first ...
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A Day in the Life of a Preschool Teacher

Want to know what you're in for as a preschool teacher? Oregon preschool teacher, Leslie McCollom, describes the highs and ...
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Dealing with Biting Behaviors in Young Children

This is a great article for both teachers and parents of preschool aged children.  You will learn why biting behavior ...
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Dyslexia: One Mom’s Journey With Her Daughter

Since October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, Sarah Damm is sharing her family’s journey with Dyslexia. She hopes that it will ...
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Environmental To Do’s For Young Children

Not a day passes without mention of an environment-related issue. You can help youngsters develop an understanding of the environment ...
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Early Learning: A Strong Start for Preschool Students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbTbzThg18c As a pre-K teacher at Bailey Gatzert Elementary, I’m fortunate that I get to spend my days with our ...
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Early Childhood Experiences

Most of us don’t remember our first two or three years of life — but our earliest experiences may stick ...
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ECE Technology: 10 Trending Tools for Teachers

Early Childhood Teacher Bevin Reinen covers 10 cool tech tools to help teachers engage students, from ebooks + websites to ...
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Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids

When we think of apps for kids, we often think of games for either entertainment or learning. But apps aren’t ...
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Free Downloadable Summer Games

Can you believe we only have two more months of Summer?  Where has the time gone?  Soon, we will be ...
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FREE Printable Behavior Charts for Home and School

ACN Latitudes is a fantastic website where you can download hundreds of free behavior charts to be used at home ...
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Finding Space for Reading

Summer never feels like a time when things slow down and life is a little less crazy. Our summers are ...
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Fun Books and Activities for October

Need some quick ideas to make October a cool month of reading? Look no further! I've got a few for ...
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A Fun Thing to Do at the Library!

I always struggle with ways to get my boys actively involved in book selection at the library. My oldest girl ...
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Five ways to analyze classrooms for an anti-bias approach

Increasingly, we are becoming aware of bias in our society ...
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Finding Words in Paint: How Artists See Dyslexia

It's the most common learning disability, yet it's hard to understand. We asked six artists who have dyslexia to share ...
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Fostering kindness in the classroom

Starting small: Fostering kindness in the classroom ...
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Grow Jack’s Beanstalk in Your Classroom!

 RSS From Literacy Launchpad When I do one of my fairy tale units with my students, I tell them the ...
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Giving babies healthy foods early may shape childhood tastes

By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) - Young toddlers who eat a range of fruits and vegetables may learn to enjoy ...
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Good motor control boosts learning

Source: Good motor control boosts learning ...
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Germ Season

Printable Resources For Your School And Parents ...
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Heart Monitor

Here's your giggle for today! I found out that I have to wear a heart monitor for 30 days ...
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How to Talk to Your Children About the 2016 Presidential Campaign

What could have possibly prepared us for the 2016 presidential election? And how are we supposed to talk to our ...
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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Presidential Election (without All the Negativity)

Your kids will hear political banter, especially now with the upcoming presidential election. They need to be prepared for it ...
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Helping Kids Understand the Election

A Parent's Guide to Talking About the Presidential Election Source: The Race is On!  Helping Kids Understand the Election ...
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Helping Traumatized Children

Fires, floods, drought, and violence... Right now, part of our country is experiencing unimaginable flooding.  Another part of the country ...
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Introducing the Diversity Sauce Podcast

Recently, with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, the Kids’ Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP) relaunched the former Diversity ...
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Ideas for Summer Book Fun!

Can I show you what we've been doing in class this past month? I can't believe I will be trading ...
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Infographic: Parents on How Digital Games Affect Family Life

Children today have access to more devices and platforms than ever before. And that means they have access to more entertainment ...
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Introducing KIDMAP

Creating inclusive children’s media is a lot like creating a beautiful garden. It requires research, planning, and mindful effort. The ...
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Ingredients For Quality Child Care

INGREDIENTS FOR QUALITY CHILD CARE ...
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Inspiring Learning Through Music

This is another reason that music and the arts should not be taken out of the classroom ...
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Learning Art Through Literature

I love reading books with My Little Bookworm and seeing his interests and curiosity sparked. He gets interested in everything ...
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Learning Trajectories in Early STEM

The STEM Starts Early report talks about learning trajectories in early STEM. What are they? What difference do they make? ...
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Let Your Kids Get Messy

Researchers have proven, to the chagrin of Martha Stewart moms, that kids learn better when they get messy. Source: I ...
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A Lesson About Empathy From Sesame Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_1Rt1R4xbM A new survey from Sesame Workshop found that parents and teachers worry a lot about kindness — what it ...
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All They Do Is Play!

"All my child does is play at preschool!  They are not learning anything!"  How many times have you heard similar ...
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Middle Aged Spider Woman

Daylene here, I had a trans-radial angiogram and there are no blockages! Yay!! But, I think that they may have ...
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Monsters and the IRS

Today's giggle comes straight from my daughter. When my daughter was three, we took a family vacation to Washington DC ...
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Make a Play Mat! Build Letter Knowledge!

From Literacy Launchpad My Little Reader has been really into Tonka's Chuck Trucks lately. They have a Chuck Truck show ...
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Making A Personalized Storytelling Game

Ever play one of those story-making games with you kids? You know, the ones where you take turns drawing a ...
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Maximizing Library Trips with Your Kids

Successful library trips seem like they are always just beyond my reach. I have felt this way since I just ...
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Mighty Magnet Science

My son-in-law shared this with me.  The ideas are so cool that I wanted to share them with you.  All ...
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Mixed-Age Grouping in Early Education

The Benefits of Mixed-Age Grouping Goodlad and Anderson, who introduced the modern notion of the non-graded elementary school in 1959, ...
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Mealtime With Preschoolers

5 Ways to Make Mealtime More Pleasant ...
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Managing Beginning of the Year Behaviors

Kindergarten teacher Hadar Maor shares her tips for starting off the school year right with behavior management strategies for both ...
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American Academy Of Pediatrics Lifts ‘No Screens Under 2’ Rule

A new policy statement says kids as young as 15 months can learn from media when a caregiver is present ...
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Navigate The Perpetual Preschool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugMkMHc16RY&t=19s Navigate The Perpetual Preschool With Ease! The Perpetual Preschool has grown over twenty years!  We have over 50,000 free ...
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No Flannel Board No Worries

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When you don't have a flannel board for flannel board stories, you ...
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New, Fabulous Halloween Book and Activity!

Charlotte Gunnufson sent us a copy of her new book Halloween Hustle and the kids and I have been enjoying ...
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New Child’s Play Books!

I love seeing Child's Play's big brown box of books show up on my porch every few months. The kids ...
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Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students ...
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Nap Time

The author discusses how to transition into calm and serene nap-time Source: Nap Time Is for Letting Go | National Association for ...
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Online Preschool Workshops Sale

Online Preschool Workshops Sale September 2017 From September 1, 2017, to October 1, 2017, you can take Creating Strong Parent-Teacher Relationships for ...
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October 2016 Newsletter

It's October!!  I Love October!! Fall for this Phoenician is fabulous. After sweltering in the summer heat, we desert dwellers ...
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Preschool Teacher Humor-Count Backward

Here's your daily preschool teacher humor to bring a smile to your face and a giggle in your heart! One ...
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Present For Teacher

Just another day for a preschool teacher! Enjoy today's giggle! ...
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Preparing Preschoolers For Automated Economy

I just finished reading the article "How to Prepare Preschoolers for an Automated Economy" ...
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Preschool Teacher Humor

Posted 8-01-17 4-year old Logan was talking about going fishing. He asked me, "Mrs. Burney, have you ever gone fishing?" ...
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Preschool Transitions: Clean Up Time

Preschool Transitions Clean Up Time Another variation on getting the children to clean up, pretending to be vacuum cleaners: I ...
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Princess Constance Tub a Thump

It's Daylene again 😎 I had a ton of people ask about my post entitled "Dance in the Rain." Many ...
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Pen Pals! A Great Way to Keep Them Writing This Summer!

Enjoy this flashback tip I shared last summer! My lovely cousin, Holly, asked me if my kids would like to ...
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Preschool-The Life Lessons I Learned From My Daughter’s First Year Of School

It started as a typical morning, racing around with the goal of not being late for preschool drop off. Though, ...
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April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families have put together a wonderful, free resource ...
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Preschoolers and Senior Adults

Amazing story about how preschoolers and senior adults help each other! ...
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Parenting a child in chronic pain.

Source: Parenting a child in chronic pain ...
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Preschool Suspensions Really Happen And That’s Not OK With Connecticut

A new study by researchers at Yale found that pre-K teachers, white and black alike, spend more time watching black ...
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Printable Fall Curriculum

Click on the links below for printable Fall curriculum ideas to use in your classroom.  You can also share these ...
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Rusty Tex My T-Rex

Meet my pet T-Rex "Rusty Tex" and my photo bombing fur baby "Sid Vicious". Rusty Tex inspired today's giggle! ...
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Read About Robots, Make Robots

... We've been doing just that all month long! There are too many fun robot books to not have a ...
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Respect and Love

"Respect is often talked about in schools and business, but rarely is it tied to love. In my opinion, they ...
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Rap and Young Children: Encouraging Emergent Literacy 

Can rap promote literacy in your classroom?  Check out this article to find out! Source: Rap and Young Children: Encouraging ...
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Roadmap for implementing quality preschool

Early childhood education can yield short- and long-term educational, economic, and societal benefits, underscoring the value of expanding publicly funded ...
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Separation Anxiety Tips

Separation anxiety...  Nothing is more exciting and terrifying than the first day of school. Many of the children who come ...
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Summer Boredom Buster: Make Your Own Board Game!

For some parts of the country, school is just letting out for the summer. In other parts, like where I ...
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Snapshots of Summer Reading

This summer has been going by so fast. It's been pretty crazy and feels a bit like a blur. We've ...
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State Preschool Funding Now Above Pre-Recession Levels, Enrollment Climbing 

The State of Preschool report from the National Institute of Early Education Research found that spending is up, but state ...
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SpankOut Day 

Complete the 2017 SpankOut Day Application to qualify to receive a No Hit Zone Resource Kit for your organization. Source: ...
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Slow Down

Busy, Busy Bees! Everybody's busy these days! Even the lifestyle of many young children includes a crowded schedule of activities: ...
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St. Patrick’s Day Curriculum Ideas

Check out the 38 pages of St. Patrick's Day ideas to use at home or in the classroom. St. Patrick's ...
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Teaching Peace-Teaching Real Peace

Peace, The Real Peace The following article has been reprinted with permission from the author, Jenny at A Teacher's Reflections ...
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The Goal Of Teaching Preschoolers

The Goal of Teaching Preschoolers The goal of teaching preschoolers is to enable children to become self-reliant and confident. Ann ...
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Try These Ideas to Kick Off Summer Reading Fun!

Need to kickstart your summer of reading with your kids or students? Try these ideas! ...
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A Thrifty Way to Make Craft Supplies Accessible

We have a wonderful armoire that we got from a yard sale. My husband added some additional shelving to the ...
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Tips for Managing Screen Time

Sitting mindlessly in front of the TV or video games for endless amounts of time has been a problem we ...
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The STEM Challenge Inspires a New Career Path

Last summer, I had the pleasure of interning with the team behind the National STEM Video Game Challenge. While working ...
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The App Fairy interviews Nosy Crow

Book publisher and app developer Nosy Crow has the best fairytale apps on the market today. Though many app developers ...
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Take A Stand Against Education Budget Cuts In Washington

According to payscale.com the average hourly pay for early childhood educators in the United States is only $12.28. On the ...
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Thinking Of Waiting A Year To Enroll Your Child In Kindergarten? 

Academic redshirting, the practice of holding kids back a year before enrolling them in kindergarten, has been debated for years ...
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Things I Learned From A Book

It's been a difficult month around here. My big 'ol fluffy heart (I have congestive heart failure) has not wanted ...
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Teaching Children Responsibility

We all want our children to grow up to be responsible adults. We want them to feel, think, and act ...
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The Poop Machine

This is an awesome article the addresses the dreaded poopie talk in your classroom.  The authors weave humor with solid ...
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Teaching and Learning With Hip Hop

Source: Teaching and Learning With Hip-Hop Culture | National Association for the Education of Young Children | NAEYC TYC | ...
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The Psychology of ‘Cannot Unsee’ — Science of Us

Do you see what I see?  Try it out! Source: The Psychology of 'Cannot Unsee' -- Science of Us ...
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These Fifth-Graders Think It’s Really, Really Important That You Vote

They're too young to vote, but they're still getting out the vote. After learning about the history of voting and ...
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The Science of Play

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious ...
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The Empathy Gap and How to Fill It

Teachers, parents, and school leaders have a role in fostering student empathy, particularly when children are very young, writes Jessica ...
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Understanding Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is based on a child's personal belief system. It is a blend of the way children feel about themselves ...
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Where Is The Muffin?

I work with a preschool group. One day during snack time we had muffins, and as we were passing them ...
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What Makes This 52 Year Old Preschool Teacher Smile?

The answer to the question above is Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah!  Music is a huge part of my life.  It ...
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Win $100 Worth Of Small Muscle Development Toys In October

On October 31, 2016, I am giving away $100.00 worth of new, unopened small muscle development toys and a free ...
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 Fall Lesson Plans For Preschool-Newsletter

Fall Lesson Plans For Preschool Newsletter "But when fall comes, kicking summer out ........as it always does one day sometime ...
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2016 Children’s Book Award Winners

Check out the NAYEC best children's books picks for 2016.  Do you agree? Source: 2016 Children’s Book Award Winners | ...
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21st Century Early Childhood Teachers

What are early childhood educators doing to prepare students for a high-tech life? Read on to find out what teaching ...
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25 Ways to Obtain Children’s Attention in a School Setting

These are fantastic classroom management ideas! 25 Ways to Obtain Children's Attention in a School Setting by Leah Davies, M.Ed ...
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5 Ways To Improve Teacher Retention

A 2015 National Center of Education Statistics survey on teacher attrition found that about 15% of all teachers leave the ...
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5 Secrets to Raising a Kid Who Is Kind to Others

Want to raise kind kids? Follow these steps to make kindness count. Source: 5 Secrets to Raising a Kid Who ...
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7 Secrets of Preschool Teachers

A great article to share with parents! Source: 7 Secrets of Preschool Teachers ...
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