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Sensory Experiences ARE a Pre-Literacy Skill

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Every early learning activity builds the foundation for later learning.Early learners spread paint with their fingers, imitate sound, observe the world and use taste to build upon their knowledge of objects in the world.Sensory learning is brain development work.The traditional five senses in addition to the systems that help us to balance and determine our body position in space must coordinate in order for young students to learn in the years to come.Parents and educational systems today are focused on ensuring that activities help children to become readers and writers.Rest assured that the finger paint, play dough, sand, songs, animal sounds, taste tests and sights of early childhood classrooms are setting that stage.Because adults have been readers and writers for a long time, we forget the complexity of the task.Sensory development helps us to:Properly hold pencils and pens – Development of our sense of touch helps us to know what we are holding and to feel the correct positioni…

Should Your Child Repeat Pre-K? Tips for Making a Difficult Decision

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“Should this child repeat the Pre-K year before moving on to kindergarten?”It is a question that sometimes is asked by early childhood teachers and other times by parents, particularly when a child’s birthday is near the kindergarten cutoff date for enrollment.In the United States, children are eligible for kindergarten in the public school when they are 5 years old but there is a wide range of entrance eligibility dates within that 5 year old year.If you go to the Education Commission of the United States website, you will see that entrance eligibility dates vary by state and, in some cases, within states when the decision is made by individual districts.The entrance cutoff date where you live is rather random but your child’s readiness is not.
Deciding whether to enroll a child or recommend a child for an additional year of pre-kindergarten is not easy.This decision is should not be taken lightly because it can impact the experience the child will have for the next 12 years. While an…

Why Are We Teaching Children to Hate? Political Reactions Gone Awry

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I have strong feelings about the current political situation in the United States and I am grateful to live in a nation where I can express them. There is Freedom of Speech. It needs to be protected even when we don’t like what we hear.We all have the right to speak and we all have the right to march, peacefully protest and join with others who are like minded.I think it is wonderful for children to see adults standing up for what they believe to be right and good.That is, however, very different from having our children see us hate and sanctioning their use of hate language.Young children under the age of 5 are saying, “I hate Trump” and “Obama is stupid.”I have heard elementary school students say, “The people who vote that way are idiots.”
These young people are repeating what they hear. I have seen people on both sides of the political spectrum post mean, name calling insults about each other on social media.
There is a terrifying lack of decency and respect for our fellow citizens…