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Thank you, Teacher.

Pope Francis awards the Global Teacher Prize to a teacher who fights trauma with play.      ‘Not test score results, emotional results’ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/02/world/middleeast/a-palestinian-teachers-methods-earn-the-attention-of-more-than-her-class.html?login=email And so she works to calm them down — and she does so by playing games with them. She puts on a clown’s wig and employs hand puppets, and she draws the […]

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Goodnight Moon one hour earlier…

…Sharing Tips from Sleepy Planet… Thank you, Sleepy Planet….. Spring Ahead Without Falling Behind on Sleep Daylight Savings this Sunday, March 13 Before bed, turn clocks ahead 1 hour. If your child normally sleeps till 6:30 AM, the next morning she will likely sleep till 7:30 AM. Her entire schedule – naps and bedtime – […]

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It is not a secret.

  Its that time of year, when decisions are made about which preschool to choose and when to send preschoolers to kindergarten. What we have known for a very long time is being proven over and over and over again. Research has shown the importance of PLAY BASED preschools and that WAITING A THIRD YEAR […]

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Moms Need Moms…(grandmoms too)

This was sent to me by a graduating Mommy, who has been in weekly/monthly Mommy Group for years and years. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/in-defense-of-the-mom-group_b_9319642.html 10th Street Preschool Mommy Group Monthly – Monday evenings at 6pm. Our groups are open to all Mommies and Grandmommies in our community. We do not exclude women who are not enrolled in 10th […]

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Preschool classrooms look a lot like the modern work work.

“Work is increasingly like preschool. Sharing and neotiating matter. Preschool classrooms look a lot like the modern work work. Work, meanwhile, has become more like preschool”. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/upshot/how-the-modern-workplace-has-become-more-like-preschool.html?_r=0 To those of you who attend our yearly mandatory Kindergarten Bound meeting and participate in the marshmallow test while listening to James Heckman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, […]

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SHAME ON YOU. Pointing fingers at human beings with spectrum disorders to explain psy·cho·path·ic violence, in order to be reassured, is shameful at best.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/opinion/the-myth-of-the-autistic-shooter.html?_r=0     I am going to ignore all warnings to not jump into the political ring. This is not about politics. This is about human beings. As a community role model, educator, and parent I can not stand still. I am, after all, the boss of my body and this is exactly what we […]

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For years I have been very concerned. Now I am worried. Imagine when the college students have children

In 2010, a team at the University of Michigan led by the psychologist Sara Konrath put together the findings of 72 studies that were conducted over a 30-year period. They found a 40 percent decline in empathy among college students, with most of the decline taking place after 2000. Please read this article…Stop Googling. Let’s […]

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Let the Kids Learn Through Play

“Starting academics too soon may slow emotional and cognitive development, causing unnecessary stress and perhaps even souring kids desire to learn.” We know this. We have always known this. For the past 24 years, all of our parents with preschool graduates know this. All of our preschool graduates know this, which is the most important knowing of […]

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