Monthly Archives: August 2015

Keeping it Real

Sometimes people assume early education is about …crafts. The word makes me shudder. Crafts. Groan. Early ed is about so much more. Crafting is cute, but in my classroom, we do real work. Last year, my class expressed an interest … Continue reading

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In Defense of Play

This summer I spent a lot of time reading about the impact of play on children’s development. Current research cites examples of how play positively correlates with language and literacy skills; how it exercises children’s executive functioning (the part of … Continue reading

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The Power of Puppets

There is something utterly ludicrous about a grown adult channeling a puppet. And yet, in the past few years, I have been using three hand puppets in the classroom. One is a light skinned girl with long brown braids. Another … Continue reading

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