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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Being Thankful

At some point in our lives, we learn about the history behind the Thanksgiving holiday. We learn about who was involved and, of course, all about the feast.  What should the holiday represent in today’s society?  We are taught to give thanks during this time but do we really understand the benefits of being thankful,

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Learning from Dr.Lilian Katz

Lilian Katz Theories of Learning Dr. Lilian Katz’s is renowned for her significant contribution to early childhood education. In particular, Dr, Katz’s theory of learning dispositions, which describe a child’s willingness to learn by way of their natural tendency or emotional attitude, has led to fundamental changes towards the approach of early childhood education. Dr.

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The Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

Why is it important for teachers to communicate with parents? Simply put, parents are the best teachers and role models that a child has. As such, it’s vital that parents are actively involved with their child’s education, rather than allowing the teacher to handle it all. There’s plenty of evidence that suggests positive communications between

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A Conversation with Amelia Gambetti

The Reggio Emilia approach to learning was developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy through a city-sponsored educational system developed by Loris Malaguzzi.  Because it is commonly recognized as one of the best programs for young children, many educators from around the world travel to Italy annually to become immersed in this teaching philosophy.  Lella Gandini, author of

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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

All young children, from infants to kindergarten, exhibit a variety of behaviors throughout each day.  Some days your child may be smiling and full of energy one minute and the next minute nothing seems to satisfy him. This is normal behavior and is a way children express themselves at an early age.  Some children, however,

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National Grandparents Day-Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

 “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”- Sam Levenson National Grandparents Day 2016 It seems as though there are holidays for everything.  Some of these holidays are pretty humorous like National Donut Day and National Dog Day; others have more significant meanings and deeper traditions.  One

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Creative Learning: Children and Technology

I was recently out to dinner and noticed a family with young children at a nearby table.  Each family member had an electronic device in front of them and everyone was so engaged in their own devices that they weren’t talking to one another.  In this media age, televisions, computers, phones, tablets, and other media

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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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