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Connecting Children to Their Cultures and Communities

This post by Frances Wardle, Ph.D. describes many ways to help children learn about the concept of community in the classroom and to help them connect with cultures and communities, both their own and others.

One way to use the community is to solicit a variety of student aides from local colleges and universities. On one Thanksgiving, members of a local Native American Nation visited the school, talked to the students about their perspective of Thanksgiving, and then we all sat down and ate the Thanksgiving meal together.

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Family Vacations Can Be Early Education Adventures

This article by Sharen Hausmann will help parents and their kids get the most our of family vacations!

No matter where you and your family travel for vacation, time away from the everyday routine will lead to new learning adventures for your young children. Visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things away from home are all part of the learning process for children, especialy for those under the age of five. Getting the most out of your journey requires some planning, not only to help avoid boredom and whining, but to encourage different ways of thinking and looking at the world. Click here to read more about how to plan your family vacation!

Building Partnerships: Teachers & Parents Working Together

This article by Carolyn Tomlin will help parents and teachers work well together!

Teachers want parents who are supportive of their teaching techniques; who extend classroom activities and learning opportunities at home; and who volunteer when needed. Parents want the best education possible for their children. They want a loving, caring teacher who shows respect for children; who is knowledgeable about child development; and who demonstrates a professional attitude in the classroom. Regardless of “needs” and ‘wants” by both teachers and parents, one thing is certain: both want what is best for the child. Read More…

Songs and Rhymes as a Springboard to Literacy

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Pam Schiller, Ph.D., tells us that music is an integral part of quality early childhood curriculum. It plays a role in setting the tone of the classroom, developing skills and concepts, helping children make transitions, and building a sense of community. Of course, if you ask the children, they will tell you singing is a fun part of their daily activities. Read More…

The Legend of El Caballo


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Tim Bete tells a story of his childhood involving a renegade stallion that ate toddlers for breakfast.

The story begins,

It’s difficult for me to shave the bottom of my chin because I have a deep, crescent-shaped scar there. While the scar is tough enough so that I don’t cut myself, I have to come at it from several angles to get a smooth shave.If you ask my mom or dad how I got the scar, they usually say something like, “When Tim was a toddler he was very clumsy and spent most of his time picking himself up off the floor. One day he fell off his cute little rocking horse and landed on his head.”

Read this charming story here!

The Caring Season

Girls in winter

Eleanor Reynolds tells us that the holidays are often the most stressful time of the year. In spite of our best intentions, children may end up feeling overstimulated, upset demanding or disappointed. Though the holidays have passed, several of thes tips can be used during other stressful situations children may encounter. Read more here for some tips to have a stress-free holiday season!

Create Holiday Memories

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Dora Fowler tells us about the time her daughter arrived home from college in time for the hoildays, expecting to see all of the family’s traditional decorations throughout the house. Dora, thinking that her children had outgrown the “old” decorations, hadn’t put any of the decorations out for the holiday season. Read more here to see what happened when her daughter came home!