Clay Play!

Most of us remember playing with clay as children. We remember creating a variety of objects such as balls, snakes, bowls, and mugs.  Clay is a wonderful medium, which allows for exploration that builds over time based on individual needs and interests, which is very supportive of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  Clay is an extremely

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An Educator’s Reflective Practice

In the article, Going Deeper: Exploring Reflective Practices with Inspiration from Reggio Emilia, Sarah Adams-Kollitz’s discusses her personal experience when the Reggio Emilia approach was incorporated into her early childhood program.  The article focuses specifically on the area of reflective practices beginning with the teachers and eventually spanning out to the children, parents, and surrounding community.  While the

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Learning from Dr.Lilian Katz

Lilian Katz, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of early childhood education at the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign), and is also the co-director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She is the author of more than 100 publications that focus on many different subjects regarding childhood education. What Dr. Katz seems

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The Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

A child’s educational journey begins the moment he or she is born.  Learning is constantly occurring in every day life events but as soon as a child steps foot into a classroom, this journey really takes off in a more formal way.  In order for this journey to be as successful as possible, the communication

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Healthy Children Begin with Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is about more than just consuming food that is good for you. Healthy eating is about sharing meals with others, building social skills and relationships, and laying a foundation for a healthy body and mind.  Nutritious food is crucial for children’s development and it is important they eat well at home, school, and

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The Benefits of Music for Children

Incorporating music into your child’s everyday life is a great way to encourage creativity and has long-term benefits extending beyond home and in the classroom.  Parents and educators do not need to be experts in this musical foundation to be successful in providing children with positive musical experiences.  Rebecca Freeman, author of the article, Elements

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Mud Pie Anyone?

A Play Framework What if only two rules in life exist? The first is to have a good time and the second is to make sure others have a good time. This may not be a productive way of thinking in all aspects of life, right?  When it comes to children’s play, however, it opens

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Why is Toddler Development Important?

Research tells us that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in building the foundation for their growth, development, health, social skills and emotional skills. In fact the first three years, which include a good portion of toddler-hood, shapes a child’s brain structure in preparation for lifelong learning. Gross and fine

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Compass “Alumnus” Appears on Letterman!

Kate Burritt, who attended The Compass School of Naperville (North) from infancy through 2nd grade, recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Kate is currently a middle school student at Kennedy Junior High School. She appeared on the show to demonstrate a gun powder science experiment, along with a few other students from

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