For Play’s Sake! Emergent Math

For Play’s Sake! Emergent Math

Don’t say you are not a math person…. slow down & stay a while.   Emergent Math D.C.N. Developing Child Note: The emergent math skills of children 0 -5 begin way before number recognition and counting. Observations and explorations relating to mathematical understanding happen every day in the lives of little ones. Open-ended questions pave the earliest roads towards mathematical understanding. “Mathematics...
For Play’s Sake: Emergent Fine Motor Skills

For Play’s Sake: Emergent Fine Motor Skills

Play dough is my jam! How about you? My Squishy Squashy Soapbox D.C.N. Developing Child Note: The fine motor skills of young children are rapidly developing in the first 5 years. Little fingers are feeling, pushing, pulling, pinching, poking, and playing with all types of materials. The development of small muscles found in individual body parts, especially our hands and feet, is referred to as fine-motor...
Pete’s A Pizza

Pete’s A Pizza

Creativity in the early years includes pretend (symbolic) play. Pretend play offers boundless opportunities for language development, creative expression, and relational connections. While children are exceptional players, sometimes adults need help getting started.   This recipe for connection suggests a children’s book as a starting place to launch a pretend play session. Creativity: Pretend: Pete’s a Pizza...
Parents as First Teachers

Parents as First Teachers

R.R.P. Real Responsive Practice: The definition of the word responsive is “reacting quickly and positively”. In the moment, authentically positive responses towards families are paramount to the healthy growth and development of the child. “Students show up with incredible strengths and assets. Kids are capable of much more than we think.” –Gloria Ladson-Billings Parents as First Teachers I chose Gloria...
Too Busy to Play

Too Busy to Play

L.L.L.N. Life Long Learner Note: Retaining a respect for play in the lives of children and adults is crucial to great practice with young children. Tales from Higher Education… I am genuinely concerned whenever my undergraduate early childhood education majors display resistance towards playing. I set up aesthetically pleasing workshop spaces, create playlists of music from their requests, and provide class-time...