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  • Great Ideas for When Children are Done Early

    Great Ideas for When Children are Done Early

    Children need time to do independent work, but they won’t all need to same amount of time to complete it. Experienced teachers know that it’s important to have planned activities for when children are finished with their work AND to teach them the procedures to use when they are done.
    Here is an example of procedures:

    Double-check your work. Read More

  • Are you teaching children how to focus and calm down?

    Are you teaching children how to focus and calm down?

    Young children are notorious for being distracted and emotionally intense. Our work as teachers (or parents) of young children is very challenging – especially working with so many children together in the classroom. Read More

  • 10 Wonderful Multicultural Children’s Books

    10 Wonderful Multicultural Children’s Books

    On Martin Luther King Day, it’s a great time to think about peace, harmony, and community. Our classrooms can be a haven for children to learn how to get along with others, even when people are different from us. Here are some guidelines from the original edition of the Anti-Bias Handbook:1. Help each child nurture his or her self-concept and identity2. Read More

  • The Positive Preschool Book is Here!

    The Positive Preschool Book is Here!

    The Positive Preschool is now available on Amazon.com and will be coming to Kindle and bookstores soon!
    This book is a new version of The Positive Classroom that focuses entirely on the unique issues, challenges, and joys of working with 3-5 year old children. Read More

  • Caring and Community in the Classroom: An Uplifting Story for the Holidays!

    Caring and Community in the Classroom: An Uplifting Story for the Holidays!

    Today, I am sharing a wonderful post by Ann-Bailey, one of the bloggers at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Reality 101. This brought tears of joy to my eyes and I hope you enjoy this wonderful story during the holidays! 
     
    Ann-Bailey: What students teach us about community & differences

    The other day one of my kindergarten friends had a birthday. Read More

  • 7 Stress-Busters for the Holiday Season!

    7 Stress-Busters for the Holiday Season!

    A couple of years ago, I wrote the following post about holiday stress. I thought it was a good time to share it again with you all. I hope you can all find joy in the holiday season!
    Feeling stressed? It would not be surprising! During December, it’s hard to avoid the intensity of the holiday season – whether you celebrate or not. Read More

  • Are You Helping Children Learn to Make Responsible Choices?

    Are You Helping Children Learn to Make Responsible Choices?

    Here’s a guest post by one of my student teachers, Wynta Tiller. She explains why developing student responsibility by offering choices is so important in early childhood:

          Learning independence in first grade is very important. In my class, the majority of the students do not even know how to tie their shoes. Read More

  • Holidays, Halloween, and Head Scarves: 3 Strategies for Cultural & Religious Celebrations in the Classroom

    Holidays, Halloween, and Head Scarves: 3 Strategies for Cultural & Religious Celebrations in the Classroom

    One of my college students who is doing her internship asked me, “I’m Muslim and I wear “hijab” (a scarf I use to cover my hair), which is one of the pillars of Islam. As I was standing by this student, she asked me, ” Mrs. M why do you wear a scarf to cover your hair?”  I was surprised by the question and didn’t know how to reply. Read More