Here’s my list of favorite blogs and articles from the last week. I would love to read your comments about any that you read.
Curriculum and Activities
“Want to Boost Your Toddler’s Development? Put a Toy Chicken on Your Head.” from Science Daily: When you’re silly with your students, they develop their ability to pretend. Who couldn’t use another reason to insert more humor into the classroom?
“Personal Stories to Help Children Get Ready for School “from NAEYC for Families: This would be a great link to share with parents on your website, at Meet the Teacher, or in their Welcome Packet. I love how it incorporates language development and pre-reading skills into a fun activity that prepares them to start school.
Long Read of the Week
“Beyond the Pros and Cons of Redshirting” from The Atlantic: Academic redshirting has mixed results at best. Preschool teachers need to be prepared to have honest research-based discussions with our parents about the benefits and costs of holding their child out of kindergarten for another year. I personally have seen times when a child benefitted from another year, and times when the child just ended up being bored in Kindergarten, but that’s a discussion for a whole blog post.
Cute Idea of the Week
“A Painted Branch” from Art Bar Blog: I love the idea of working together at the beginning of the year to decorate a branch. You can then use it to make a 3-D display for student work, like the one shown here (which wasn’t painted). I think the children would find the display even more inviting if they had worked on it as a team to start off the year.
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