Infant/Toddler book has been released!

After many years in the early childhood field, Dr. Jenn has completed her infant/toddler development and curriculum book. Check it out and let her know what you think! The book is completely digital and full of links to pertinent videos, websites and articles.

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Parent PhD’s “Back to School” Videos with Parents Magazine

I recently worked with Parents magazine to develop short videos about Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade.

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How to Get a Child “Ready” for Preschool

Recently I did some work with Parents magazine about the importance of preschool and what a quality preschool looks like. The first topic I was asked to address is something that I am asked often: How do you “prepare” a child for preschool? My answer is always to remember three things: Talk to them, Read …

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Math, Science, Social Studies and ELA in Block Play

Early childhood educators know that children learn the best and the most through their play. We are trained to see the learning and the different “content areas” within the play, and then ask good open-ended questions to enhance the children’s learning. Here is a video of simple block play experience with a 4 1/2 year …

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Maybe we should all listen to Kindergarteners…

As a teacher educator, I spend a great deal of time in early childhood and elementary classrooms observing student teachers. Not only do I enjoy seeing the students who worked so hard to master their craft succeed in the classroom, but I also enjoy spending time with children. They have such a pure and truly …

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So what do I say to kids when they are playing?

One of the easiest and purest ways to extend children’s thinking is to talk to them, especially when they are playing and exploring. Ask them some open-ended questions, give them time to respond, and BOOM! you have added to their knowledge and skills. You have made them think and verbally interact with you. That is …

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Repurpose your shelves!

Found 2 unused shelves in the storage room so I decided to use them to display books. Looks even better than I thought! I have it in the playroom but would look great in a child’s room as well. Makes choosing a book even more enticing!  

Did you know…

By age three, the brain has formed about 1,000 trillion synapses, which is twice as many as adults. As the synapses in a child’s brain are strengthened through repeated experiences, connections and pathways are formed that structure the way a child learns. If a pathway is not used, it’s eliminated based on the “use it …

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Read Read Read to your kids!

I brought home a book from my office that we haven’t read with the kids before (The Mitten by Jan Brett). I told Miss H that we would read it after breakfast. She asked to hold it and said “Mommy I’m going to read it first.” She then sat down on the floor in front …

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What do you think?

While out to dinner last night my husband and I saw 2 different preschool-age children out to dinner with their parents. One was given a portable DVD player to watch and the other was given an iPad to play games on while at the table. Both were immediate – not responses to either child misbehaving …

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