How to Encourage a Lifelong Love of Reading in Your Toddler
There are many things you can do to teach your tot to appreciate stories and books. It takes a little effort, but has a big payoff, especially in terms of their self-esteem and lifelong love of knowledge.
Pig Story Time Theme With Printable Crafts and Flannel Story for Preschool and Kindergarten
Find everything you need for a pig story time theme here: book suggestions, coloring pages, craft templates, and a rhyming flannel board story.
How to Spot a Bad Preschool: 10 Warning Signs Parents Must Know
When choosing a preschool, some parents get seduced by the very things that they should avoid: an academic focus, computer learning, teacher-directed lessons and paper-pencil work. A longtime educator explains why these indicate poor quality and an ignorance of developmentally appropriate practices.
Why Dad (Not Mom) Should Choose His Son's Preschool
A long-time early childhood educator explains why dads should choose a preschool for their sons, not their moms. She argues that boys need a male advocate as they enter this female-ruled world where they can be labeled as “hyperactive” and “immature” just for being boys and get turned off to school.
Does Your Child's Preschool Shun the the Latest Research in Early Learning and Neuroscience?
Early childhood education is in a harrowing state as preschools adopt practices contrary to the latest research in neuroscience. Even though studies show kids learn most by exploring, socializing, and playing, these activities are decreasing while teacher-directed academic lessons are increasing.
How to Find the Right Preschool for Your Introverted Child
One-third to one-half of all youngsters are introverts, but there's little recognition of that fact at most preschools today. Kids are crammed into noisy classrooms where they're expected to constantly interact with their peers and teachers. No downtime causes introverts to feel drained and unhappy.
Picking a Preschool for Your Child: What to Look for and What to Avoid
When looking at preschools, parents should realize how far early childhood education has strayed from its original focus. It's important to know what to look for in a preschool to ensure the one you choose is the best fit for your child.
Are You a Problem Parent at Preschool? 8 Things You Do That Annoy Your Child's Teacher
A longtime educator details the things moms and dads do that irritate preschool teachers. From sending their kids to class in fancy clothes to expecting special treatment for their precious tykes, these parents exacerbate the sky-high turnover rate among teachers in early childhood education.
Is Your Child's Creativity Being Stifled at Preschool? A Teacher Says "Yes!"
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's imaginations.
Preschool Valentine Lesson Plan: Hug the Earth
Looking for a teachable moment appropriate for preschoolers on Valentine's Day? Here's one called Hug the Earth, a lesson plan that includes "CeCe's Hug the Earth Song," "I Love the Earth" collage, Valentine message to the earth, a "going green" game, graphing, and a cooking activity.
5 Circle-Time Activities That Encourage Students to Join
Circle time, also known as group time or morning routine, should be a time that is both fun and educational. Here are a few tips to encourage your students to participate in circle time. I will show you step by step how I start every day in the classroom.
Fun Ways to Teach Pre-Schoolers Problem Solving Skills
These normal activities with a twist have been used for years in my classroom, and they work wonders.
What Preschool Fits Your Family: Montessori, Waldorf, or Co-Op?
Choosing a preschool can be an overwhelming task with so many options. A long-time early childhood educator, though, urges parents to narrow their focus and pick one with a strong philosophy that attracts like-minded families. She strongly recommends Montessori, Waldorf, and play-based cooperatives.
How to Choose an Empowering and Equitable Preschool for Your Daughter
There are certain things to avoid when selecting a preschool for your daughter. Beware of preschools that emphasize these behaviors that promote gender inequality and avoid them!
10 Classic Picture Books Every Preschooler Should Own
These 10 classic preschool books have stood the test of time and are guaranteed to spark the creativity of young children while delighting adults.
33 Reasons to Choose a Play-Based Preschool, Not an Academic One
Parents in the US 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.
The Perfect Bedtime Story to Help Kids Fall Asleep in Their Own Beds
Wondering how to get your kids to sleep in their own beds? Getting little ones to sleep in their own beds is a common problem that every parent will face at one time or another. Let Hoot and Honk Just Can't Sleep help! This is the perfect story to read to your kids when they can't sleep.
10 Spectacular (and Free) Educational Websites for Toddlers
These 10 free websites are awesome for entertaining toddlers while teaching them important school-readiness skills.
The Best Books Featuring Everyday Diversity for Babies and Toddlers
Trying to teach your kids about diversity in the world? Here's a list for teachers, parents, and librarians of books for babies and toddlers that show everyday diversity. These books feature diverse characters portrayed in everyday contemporary life.
My Top 5 Proverbs for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
There are many situations where the same proverb can be thrown in to highlight a situation, especially one that generates positivity. Proverbs are learned on a subconscious level through exposure.
5 Common Preschool Activities That Can Crush Your Kiddo's Curiosity and Love of Learning
Calendar, craft projects, teacher-directed lessons, worksheets, and letter of the week are part of the daily routine at preschool. However, a former teacher explains why they're not only a waste of time but can squelch a child's innate curiosity and love of learning.
How Play-Dough Can Help Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten
Today, many kids lack dexterity from staring at screens and struggle with using pencils and scissors. Parents can prevent this with play-dough! This article lists the benefits of play-dough, along with recipes to make it.
A Preschool Teacher Explains Why Early Academics Don't Make Kids Smarter
Scholars in early childhood education have long said preschoolers learn best through play. Politicians, parents, and the public, though, still wrongly believe early academics make kids smarter. As a result, some preschools offer too many teacher-led lessons and not enough socializing and exploring.
A Teacher Explains Why You Shouldn't Send Your Child to Preschool
Should your child go to preschool? Going against decades of research in early childhood education, preschools today have become more academic than ever. Youngsters are now guinea pigs in an experiment that may prove highly detrimental to their futures and society's as a whole.
Why Hands-On Learning Is the Essence of a Quality Preschool Program
A preschool teacher explains why the decline in hands-on learning should distress parents. It was once the bedrock of early childhood education, getting kids excited about discovering new things. Today, it’s largely decreased due to our nation's fixation with preparing kids for kindergarten.
What Makes a Good Preschool: 50 Best Qualities, Characteristics, and Practices
When choosing a preschool, some parents get impressed by ones that offer academics: a second language, STEM lessons, and handwriting workbooks. However, a long-time teacher says developmentally appropriate practices and free play are what matter most when cultivating independent life-long learners.
5 Red Flags at Your Child's Preschool That Shouldn't Be Ignored
A teacher warns parents that they're making a big mistake when letting their guard down after selecting a preschool. She advises them to stay vigilant, making sure quality remains high. Because an owner's profit margins are slight, they strive to keep costs low and this can negatively impact kids.
How to Prevent Reading Difficulties Before Your Child Starts School with Early Literacy Activities
Parents hate to see their children struggle with reading and will go to great lengths to help them. But what many moms and dads don't understand is that reading difficulties are hugely preventable.
Why Preschool Circle Time Is Often a Waste of Time and Detrimental to Kids
Many preschools have at least one circle time as part of their daily routine. Research, though, shows kids learn a lot more with small group activities, kinesthetic learning, play, and hands-on exploration. Why then are circle times getting longer and being overused?
The 3 Most Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Preschool
Parents can get enticed by STEM activities, foreign language instruction and music lessons, thinking they will give their child a leg up. What really matters most, though, is a preschool program with a strong philosophy that emphasizes a learn-by-doing approach: playing, socializing, and exploring.
Why Parents Should Choose a Preschool That Empowers Their Daughters and Eschews the Princess Culture
The princess culture has invaded preschool with girls coming to class in full regal attire: long gowns, high heels, and sparkly tiaras. Learn why this trend is harmful to girls in the long term.
Introduction to Continents and Countries for Preschool and Kindergarten
Early learning curriculum for preschoolers and kindergarten age kids. Learn about continents, oceans and countries.
Preschool Interview Questions for Parents and Admissions Guide
Answers to questions a parent should be prepared to hear during the application process for today's competitive nursery and primary schools.
"The Poky Little Puppy": What Lessons Does This Book Teach Your Children?
This Little Golden Book was one of the original twelve and was written in 1942. It has sold over 15 million copies and is one of the most popular children’s books out there.“The Poky Little Puppy” is written by Janette Sebring Lowery. Learn what ideas or morals it teaches youngsters.
Pumpkin-Themed Preschool Books With Activity Ideas
Looking for Halloween-themed books for your classroom or your kids? Pumpkin-themed reading list for your preschool circle time, library storytime, or anytime! The reading list includes pumpkin-themed fantasy fiction and realistic fiction, including a few titles that are also Halloween selections.
How to Teach Multiplication and Division to a Preschooler
These are some simple and fun ways to teach basic multiplication and division to preschoolers and kindergarten-age kids.