Preschool Education Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Girl preparing Brussels spouts to cook

    Solution #2: Cook With Your Kids, Not For Your Kids

      Home cooking may be the solution to the food challenges we face, but as busy parents how do we actually make it happen? And when we do find time to cook, how do we get our kids to eat the healthy foods we make? This week, in the series Getting Kids to Eat Real […]

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  • Children holding hands and dancing

    Art, Music and Child Development in the Age of Technology

      I have been writing all week about young children as quintessential artists – naturally curious and endlessly creative. I have also stressed the fundamental importance of physicality in art and music. You have to actually make music and art to understand them, both in real time and in developmental time. What does this mean […]

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  • Child doing painting with a brush

    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Art  

      As I stood looking at an exhibit of toddler art on the wall of my school one day, the parent standing next to me said, “This rivals an installation at the Museum of Modern Art”. It was true; all of the elements of form color and texture were there, and not the work of […]

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  • Two girls playing a xylophone

    The Eight Best Ways for Children to Learn About Music

      Ever since researchers discovered that fetuses respond to sound in the sixth month of pregnancy, there have been those in the baby biz that have tried to capitalize on this information. New parents have been manipulated to feel that they need to engage in some sort of special stimulation of their unborn child to […]

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  • Child drawing on a wall

    Creative Expression and Child Development

      At a recent get-together of parents, teachers, and community members interested in supporting the arts, we had a dynamic discussion about the importance of creativity in child development. Those of us from Church Street School for Music and Art stressed the three key reasons for the importance of creativity in our music and art […]

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  • Child's Colorful Painting

    How to Inspire Your Child’s Creative Genius

      Young children are creative dynamos. They surpass adults in their openness to possibility and their willingness to explore without fear. If you give toddlers a drum they immediately create rhythms on it; if you give them paint and a brush they instantaneously drip and rub and mix. In my experience, when most adults sit […]

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  • A variety of colorful pom-poms

    Playful Activities for Preschoolers

    Preschool is all about learning through play.  The learning activities aren’t just about school skills, but also life skills.  These same playful learning ideas can be used at home. Finding activities for preschoolers is easier when you think about any activity as a simple game that may or may not have traditional rules!  At this age, kids […]

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  • Supportive Parents Supporting Schools Part 2 - Consistently Knowing What to Expect

    Supportive Parents Supporting Schools Part 2 – Consistently Knowing What to Expect

    Your child’s teachers are working every day to create a consistent environment so all of their students, including your child can succeed. But as school budgets get cut and class sizes get larger teachers are hard pressed to give as much individual attention to children as they would like.  Your child’s teacher needs a partner […]

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  • Raising Lifetime Readers from the Start

    Raising Lifetime Readers from the Start

    Ever since 18 month old child prodigy Elizabeth Barrett read flashcards on The Today Show, parents have been asking me what they can do to help their children acquire similar skills and learn to love reading.

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  • Language and Your Child: Introducing Dr. Bialystock

    Language and Your Child: Introducing Dr. Bialystock

    I was pleased to attend a talk at a local Barnes & Noble by Dr. Ellen Bialystok, who was speaking about the cognitive benefits of children being bilingual. She is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at York University in Canada. I have been following her work for a long time and have cited her […]

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