Tag Archive: play

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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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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What’s your name?

So it’s time for your Kindergarteners to learn the letters of the alphabet. I mean really¬†learn the letters. They all can sing the ABC song, but can they really point to each letter and identify it? Probably not. (And that’s fine by the way).¬†I suggest using the children’s names to jumpstart your exploration into letters.

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Adding Letters to Puzzle Play

While playing with this animal puzzle one afternoon, Miss H decided to add a new material. After we had put all of the animals together and were talking about what each animal was, she got up, went to her toy shelf, and came back with her container of letters.    

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