Category Archives: Early Childhood

Play Time: It Does a Lot More than Just Get the “Wiggles” Out

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As teachers, we all know about stress. Oh, do we. In fact, teaching is considered to be one of the most stressful careers. On our feet all day, we’re juggling meetings, overwhelming paperwork, concerns about standards, high-stakes testing, and difficult … Continue reading

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Little Picassos, Every One of Them: Using Guided Drawing to Motivate

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Susie sits with her legs crossed, marker in hand, and eyes focused intently on her clipboard. It’s time for a Guided Drawing lesson. Today, her PreK class is drawing a bat. Susie carefully follows her teacher’s directions, drawing shapes and … Continue reading

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The Kindergarten Years: Ready … or Not?

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Kindergarten is such a wonderful time in a child’s life. They arrive at school eager to absorb information and discover the world around them. They learn to listen, express themselves, socialize, and interact with teachers and other children.   The unique … Continue reading

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This Schoolhouse Rocks!

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Early childhood students love music. They love singing songs, chants, and rhymes. You might catch them humming to themselves, singing a few lines of a tune over and over, or breaking out in song just because they feel like it. … Continue reading

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Time Teaching Strategies Using the Open Number Line

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By Kristin Hilty, SDE Educational Consultant Time is one of those things that all adults wish they had more of…whether it is in a day, a week, or a year.  No matter how much time we have, it never seems like … Continue reading

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