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  • It's a tragedy that the focus of preschool has become increasingly narrow with many parents now seeing it as merely a time to prepare kids for kindergarten. This short-sighted stance results in youngsters who are less creative, less curious, and less communicative.

    10 Things to Look for in a Preschool and 10 Things to Avoid

    10 Things to Look for in a Preschool and 10 Things to Avoid

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • If we want preschoolers to express themselves through art and feel empowered while doing so, we're going about it all wrong. Open-ended art activities (painting, drawing, and sculpting) have been replaced by teacher-directed craft projects, much to the detriment of young children.

    How Preschool Craft Projects Kill Children's Creativity

    How Preschool Craft Projects Kill Children's Creativity

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • A long-time early childhood educator argues that the dad should pick his son's preschool, not his mother. She contends that little boys need an advocate as they enter this female-ruled world where sitting quietly and learning passively get rewarded and boys earn negative labels just for being boys.

    Why a Father Should Choose His Son's Preschool

    Why a Father Should Choose His Son's Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers5

  • One-third to one-half of preschoolers are introverts. There's little acknowledgement of this reality, though, at most preschools today. Kids get crammed into noisy classrooms with constant interaction and teacher-led lessons with little or no time for quiet moments and self-directed learning.

    How to Find a Proper Preschool for Your Introverted Child

    How to Find a Proper Preschool for Your Introverted Child

    by McKenna Meyers2

  • Are you driving your child's preschool teacher crazy? You probably are if you send your kid to class in fancy duds, expect special treatment for your precious tyke, fret about her being bullied, and pick her up late with no apology or explanation. Find out if you're the pain at preschool!

    17 Things Preschool Parents Do That Drive Teachers Crazy

    17 Things Preschool Parents Do That Drive Teachers Crazy

    by McKenna Meyers3

  • Raising a child who loves math and feels confident in the subject starts in the first few years of life. The preschool age is the perfect age to build math foundations. Read about some of our favorite strategies!

    Math Foundations for Preschoolers

    Math Foundations for Preschoolers

    by Clare R Okyere2

  • Parents in the United States are enthralled with academic preschools, buying into the belief that earlier is better. However, research shows that play is how kids learn best. It enhances their imaginations, promotes exploration, increases vocabulary, and builds social skills.

    33 Reasons to Choose a Play-Based Preschool, Not an Academic One

    33 Reasons to Choose a Play-Based Preschool, Not an Academic One

    by McKenna Meyers14

  • Calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and "letter of the week" are part of the daily routine at preschool but are they supported by research? A former teacher explains why they're not only a waste of time but even detrimental.

    5 Things Children Do at Preschool That Are a Waste of Time

    5 Things Children Do at Preschool That Are a Waste of Time

    by McKenna Meyers81

  • Choosing a preschool can be an overwhelming task for parents, leaving them in need of some expert advice. A long-time early childhood educator explains what moms and dads should avoid by detailing ten warning signs of a bad preschool. They include workbooks, long circle times, and no philosophy.

    10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool

    10 Warning Signs of a Bad Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers6

  • While teaching kindergarten, I had many students enter my classroom with weak hand muscles and poor fine motor skills. It was difficult for them to hold a pencil correctly, cut with scissors, and string beads. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is making play-dough with your children!

    How to Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills With Play-Dough

    How to Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills With Play-Dough

    by McKenna Meyers0

  • A teacher explains how hands-on learning at preschool makes children curious, passionate, and self-motivated. They see themselves as the source of knowledge, not their teachers. Sadly, though, hands-on learning is being diminished as politicians demand that kids get prepped for kindergarten.

    Why Hands-on Learning Matters Most When Choosing a Preschool

    Why Hands-on Learning Matters Most When Choosing a Preschool

    by McKenna Meyers9

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