Tag Archives: preschool

But We Can’t Read!

I had such a cool teaching moment today. I work with 3 and 4 year olds. All I want to do is make them love books and feel like reading is something that will open doors for them. If I … Continue reading

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Make it Complex, They Can Handle It

When people tell me that teaching young children must be “easy” because you don’t need to know “hard” things like calculus I don’t launch into a whole discussion of social emotional development and differentiated learning. I keep it more simple … Continue reading

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We Took 26 Preschoolers on a Bus (and it was fun)

This morning we took our classes (26 kids in all) on a city bus up to the local library. Spoiler alert…it went really well. But how? Realistic Planning We have a bus stop right outside our school. We planned a … Continue reading

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Bathtime Math

“For Families” is a blog published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  As a follow-up to my “Bathtime Science” article they asked me to write one about “Bathtime Math.” Math in the Bath By Sarah Erdmann … Continue reading

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Surviving a Blockbuster Exhibit

If you are in DC right now, the hot ticket to get is the Hirshhorn’s “Infinity Mirrors.” Just go on your favorite social media site and look for #infinitekusama, you’ll see what I mean. This is just one example of … Continue reading

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Sandbox Heretic

Last week I reflected on “rule breaking” in early childhood. To prove I’m not all talk I wanted to share this story… “Keep the sand in the sandbox!” An adult voice called out. It was the rule, it had been … Continue reading

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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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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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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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