“The bad news according to that same investigation, is that these interests usually last between six months and three years. Only 20% of children are still passionate about the same issue as they grow up. In most cases the end of that passion comes with schooling. Apparently, when children start studying, they have much less … Continue reading Make Your Kids Smarter
https://vimeo.com/368133324 I want to talk to you about respecting the PRE. The PRE is an important part of the learning process. The PRE is prep work. We shouldn’t rush through it or try skipping it. My wife, Tasha, recently did some painting here at Explorations Early Learning Intergalactic Headquarters. She spent a WEEK on the … Continue reading Respect The PRE
I believe that play is so powerful that it can save lives. Yep, I said it. I understand the power of play for children, it is how they develop and learn after all. Children are empowered with choices, problem solving skills, spontaneity and FUN! When you are playing as a child you have the opportunity … Continue reading Play Saves Lives
I am tired. Tired of hearing about achievement gaps and at risk kids and school readiness initiatives. I’m tired of children being subjected to ridiculous programming and becoming pawns in races to the top and other educational fear mongering. I’m tired of “low socioeconomic status” being equated with “not fully human.” And yet there is … Continue reading Why Not Warm, Child-Centered, And Homelike Setting For All?
Monica sent a message yesterday asking about programs that were "all about play" so I put together this list. Deciding which program to include was a challenge. Over the years I've been lucky enough to visit many amazing play settings across the United States, Canada, and Australia. To whittle down the possibilities, I decided that for … Continue reading 6 Early Learning Programs Where Play Rules
Mission creep, "the gradual broadening of the original objectives of a mission or organization," is alive and well in the early learning bureaucracy. You have to give them a hand, the educrats in the FDELAIA (Federal Department of Early Learning Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations) have been working overtime burning the midnight oil to grow the … Continue reading From STEM To STTRREAMM : Real PLAY Is The Answer