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The teaching of reading is a complex process. There is not just one approach, but rather a combination of methods required depending upon the beginning reader’s strengths and needs. Wise teachers start building on the reader’s strong areas, then later working on other skills. This teaching should be based on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Teachers Talk
As a life-long child educator, I think that young children should be encouraged to be more independent through self-chosen activities and indeed to take reasonable risks in their play. However, I would caution that this play should still take place under the planning and watchful eye of responsible, enlightened adults.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Teachers Talk
Robust free play in the lives of children does not just promote social and emotional skills, it is essential to their ability to collaborate and innovate as adults. Two articles in the New York Times in August and September 2018 both make the case. Perri Klass, M.D., a contributing writer... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at Teachers Talk
Most adults, even teachers, may not fully comprehend how fundamental and natural art is to children. Watching a child at work is a profound experience for the enlightened viewer. Even two year olds will take a piece of chalk and make their mark on the sidewalk with satisfaction, for this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Teachers Talk
By Marie Raker (Marie’s teaching colleague asked her to share this statement with the blog. It came out of a teachers’ workshop 25 years ago and is still relevant today in 2018.) I support the belief that all humans have a natural desire to learn, especially children. I hope to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Teachers Talk
Through our blog we hope to focus on unrushed, play-centered and developmentally appropriate preschools and kindergartens. This classic approach has been replaced by the much more common practice of early academics and structured, prescribed curricula. Mission Statement: This blog is a place for longtime educational colleagues to have the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Teachers Talk
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