Category Archives: Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education theory, and how it relates to museum education

Rules are Rules

The hole was big, to kid eyes it was a crowning achievement. As we put the finishing touches on it a lifeguard walked by “You’ll have to fill that in” he said “it’s not allowed.” Slowly we started dumping sand … Continue reading

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Narrowly Defined Grief

I think we have too narrow a definition of when we are “allowed” to grieve. The morning after the election, my Mom sent me a text asking “how are you doing?” I wrote back that I was “Only ok I … Continue reading

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I am a superhero…I can

The morning after the election I sat in circle facing my wiggly, wonderful group of 3 and 4 year olds. It was the first time I’d brought a script with me to meeting. I didn’t trust myself to get through … Continue reading

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I Promise

This is not an overtly political blog. However, if you piece together my demographics and the things I care about (early childhood education, museums, arts, culture, access…) you can make a pretty good guess what way I lean politically. Which … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Readiness: The Inside Scoop

Before I started back in the classroom I took my friend out to lunch. She is a Kindergarten teacher in a public school and I wanted to get the “inside scoop” on what Kindergarten teachers were REALLY hoping that kids … Continue reading

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Preschoolers and “Weapon Play”

A block, a stick, a paintbrush…preschoolers are an inventive bunch and can turn almost anything into a weapon. “Look! Our firetruck has plenty of bombs on it!” “Bang! I shoot-ed you!” “Let’s get those bad guys!” I am a complete … Continue reading

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“Hands On” Art

The first child picked up the brush and dunked it in the paint. As the paint dripped off onto her hand she ran the brush back and forth spreading a thick coat all over her hand and arm. She was … Continue reading

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Setting Expectations

  “Setting expectations” is part of classroom management 101. What they mean is, getting the kids comfortable with the routines and with how they are supposed to behave at various points in the day. What I think is often left … Continue reading

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Project Confidence

On the playground the other day, one of the kids came running up “I’m afraid of ants!” she said “They are scary!” Without missing a beat, my co-worker jumped in to the conversation “Oh really?” She said “I think they … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

Young children can do amazing things when they have the time. You’ll read article after article talking about how we over schedule our kids and we need to slow down and simplify. However, I think it goes even farther then … Continue reading

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