One afternoon last spring, Room 10’s children asked if they could build a train track in the hallway. They started building and immediately decided they needed more track. We borrowed from two other classrooms and they built an amazing track over blue oceans and brown lava fields. Those who didn’t want to build trains made books… Continue Reading Emergent Curriculum
One of our new families asked for a few references, books, websites on transitioning to preschool. Here are some thoughts we have found work well. The sites they are culled from are listed below. There are also some titles and tricks we use in the first few days of school included to help smooth… Continue Reading Starting Preschool
In her article “Helping Young Children through Daily Transitions,” Tara Katz offers a number of ideas for transitions in the preschool classroom including this one: “Children expect us to tell them what comes next and what we expect of them. The difference between, “You may set the table for me” and “Can you set the table?”… Continue Reading Leading with Love
Sharon Cooperative School Transition Meeting Try to see the difference between adult issues (things you worry about) and child issues (things your child is worried about). The children coming from the Coop are very ready for Kindergarten. They understand the rhythm of the day and what is expected of them. They know when to talk… Continue Reading Going to Kindergarten
Q: What does the President do? (Room 12 had some homework last night….) Answers from 4/5 year olds: He takes care of our country. He’s the boss of our armies. He does the law and makes sure everybody is following the law. He works a lot. He’s the leader and makes sure somebody can be… Continue Reading What does a President do?
A recent Friday afternoon at the school was an example of why I love and appreciate this Coop community so much. It was much too cold to go outside and so the teachers worked together to create a set of activities that delighted the children. A teacher hosted a science experiment that she has been… Continue Reading Friday Afternoons at the Coop School
I just shared these 20 questions with the Coop educators. NAEYC recommends that educators consider these 20 questions every day. Compare this list with a list from other professions you might know about….it is amazing what educators keep track of and think about every day. Thank you to our amazing educators for doing all of this and… Continue Reading 20 Questions
I think the post below from Child Care Exchange aligns with the Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy Campaign: “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls… Continue Reading Approving of Ourselves and Others
Two pieces came across my screen this morning – one a piece on NPR and one from Child Care Exchange. Both spoke to how we raise and educate children in school and at home. In the Child Care Exchange piece, “Dr. Eberhard says Sweden’s child-centric model has gone ‘too far’ and suggests the oversensitivity to children and reluctance… Continue Reading Got Grit?
From a really interesting blog post – it has made me stop and think about the consequences of our actions – “We model friendships for our children. When we leave out a new mom at our child’s school because we haven’t taken the time to know her yet, we are modeling how to exclude someone. When we… Continue Reading The Meanest Word in Preschool