September 26, 2013 § Leave a Comment
The poetry of this young man, Dylan Garity, was captivating and his message unsettling. Without much knowledge on the efficacy of the varied approaches to teach English Language Learners, I am not in a position to take a formal stance on this issue but it seems to me that a teacher with tied hands is going to have trouble teaching. [A research briefing by the American Federation of Teachers written 11 years ago offers a nice introduction to the debate.] What I do believe is that all children – regardless of native tongue – have the right to receive a comprehensive education. Perhaps then our society’s responsibility is to fund research to help educators make informed decisions about how to best meet the unique needs of their students. Please point me to other resources as I would love to learn more!
September 11, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Love this – both its content and the general approach to exploring topics of interests to children!
September 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
We will be exploring the three primary colors – red, blue & yellow – this fall at school. This is a fun song – courtesy of Sesame Street – that introduces the very real magic of color mixing!
July 2, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Our just-one year old daughter’s signature move right now is pointing (to everything) and signing, “please!” It feels like a invitation to offer kindling for her curiosity.
She has a special affinity for small objects right now. Her favorite way to interact with them is to put them in her mouth and then to walk around with one in each hand
With this in mind, I prepared sensory exploration baskets for her, sorted by color, and placed within her reach. Each basket has five objects in it at a time. Additional objects, also sorted by color, are stored in ziploc bags in our cabinet to make refreshing them a breeze.
She is free to explore them independently and then our clean up time together gives her an opportunity to learn to sort by color!
A free, easy and very popular Montessori-inspired early learning activity! What are your go-to young toddler activities?
May 10, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Our workshop has technically come to a close but thanks to the commitment of this incredible group of families, we will have a bonus workshop in 2 weeks! Let me know if you have any questions in the meantime and good luck as you put all that you have learned into action! You should be so proud!
April 29, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Our ninth week! My how time flies! Remember to take some time this week for your HAT reflection at home! You can use the time to walk through your “final projects” which we’ll we reflecting on when we return from our break.
p.s. Here is the link to the Swapportunity commercial I mentioned. Happy looking for “swapportunities” of your own during our week-off this week!