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This year, more than ever there has been a heavy focus on children learning to read at 3 and 4 years old.  Many parents ask what they can do.  The first thing I always tell parents is – read to your children!  By reading to your child, first and foremost, you are instilling a love […]

Back in 2013, the book Free to Learn by Peter Gray was published.  Peter started the Sudbury School in Massachusetts–a school where children have complete responsibility for their own education.  His book discusses the history of education and our current system.  Through reading, it is evident how life has changed but our motivations to learn […]

Blame by Brene Brown Blame.  We hear kids do it all of the time: Crying and anger erupt on the carpet in an otherwise peaceful classroom. Ms. Smith: Why are you feeling sad? Amy: Bonnie took my block, so I hit her. Bonnie: Amy stole all of the rectangles and I needed them for my castle. […]

We have all been there: trying to comfort an upset child, or maybe, even trying to reason with a child who is very angry.  Have you ever been curious about what’s actually going on in that child’s brain when they are inconsolable?  Do you wonder why logic and reasoning don’t work? Check out parenting guru […]

Much of education is spent on how to make a living versus how to make a life.  Listen to then 13 year old Logan LaPlante deliver an incredible presentation on what education means to him – TEDex: Hack Schooling by Logan LaPlante, 13 Years Old When you were the age of your children or the […]

Susan Bouffard’s new book – The Most Important Year – is definitely next up on the docket.  She discusses what a thriving early childhood classroom looks like and NPR’s Claudio Sanchez interviewed her recently about her work. Getting the Most Out of Pre-K – ‘The Most Important Year’ The first point Bouffard makes about how early […]

Yes, skill based learning does have a place when children are developmentally ready for it.  And, it can be fun, interactive and playful. However, in early childhood settings, children are mostly not developmentally ready to learn passively or with pressure to perform at a certain level. We know that children love to play.  However, what […]

The Atlantic published the linked article below during the summer.  There are some incredible points to consider: Have Smart Phones Destroyed a Generation? We can all recall a time when there were no smart phones or tablets.  Some of us can even remember what it was like to not have a computer at home.  What […]


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