Lisa Murphy, Emma Tempest, Richard Cohen, Lizz Nolasco and I do a little fangirling about Alfie Kohn. Thanks for listening! Like the show? Consider supporting our work by becoming a Patron, shopping our Amazon Link, or sharing it with someone who might enjoy it. You can leave a comment or ask a question here. Click … Continue reading NERD_0165 ECE Influencers–Alfie Kohn →
From Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1908) Long, long ago there lived a great Chinese Empress who succeeded her brother the Emperor Fuki. It was the age of giants, and the Empress Jokwa, for that was her name, was twenty-five feet high, nearly as tall as her brother. … Continue reading Fairy Tales | The stones of five colors and the empress Jokwa →
Self-handicapping is when children adjust their physical effort to match the others they are engaging with. A larger child will hold back when roughhousing with a smaller child. The children learn more about one another, and we can learn more about them when we read their body language.
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Kindergarten can be a healthy place and a fantastic part of a child’s life. It can be a gateway to twelve more happy years of school learning. However, it’s getting harder to find a program that matches five-year-olds’ developmental needs. Individual teachers may make the difference in some schools. However, even seasoned kindergarten teachers who understand child development have a hard time keeping kindergarten age-appropriate. They have to follow new state curriculum requirements that expect kindergarten children to be reading, ready or not.
Children develop fine motor strength by interacting with small objects or performing tasks that provide resistance. For babies, crawling strengthens and develops the arches in the hands, later needed to grasp small objects. As with the gross motor skills, children need ample time to use the hands to explore their surroundings. They need opportunities to pick things up, turn them around in their hands, open them up, release them, and then move on to the next thing.
Knowing how to nurture and guide students’ curiosity is the gift of all great teachers. They do that by encouraging students to investigate and inquire for themselves, by posing questions rather than only giving answers, and by challenging them to push their thinking deeper by looking further.