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Ethics of an Encounter

Why it is Important to Listen to Children’s Repeated Grievances as if Each Was the First Have you ever experienced your child repeating the same complaint over and over and don’t exactly know what to do to either stop it, or understand it better? “He’s mean!”“My tummy hurts!”“I don’t like going to school!” Gunilla Dahlberg… Read more

The Role Teachers Play in Our Children’s Lives

Just recently my younger son, Jack, was assessed by his school teacher. When the results came in, she was surprised that he had done poorly in the math component because she knows that Jack LOVES math; he brags that it is his “best subject.” She explained to me what had happened, her concern, and asked… Read more

The SEVEN Senses and How Parents Can Support Vestibular Development

“Back in the olden days” educators focused much attention on the FIVE fundamental senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. These were always pretty straight forward and easy for children to identify, but as the field of early childhood development has grown and research has deepened, two additional senses have taken their respectable place in… Read more

Gymnasium and Creative Movement Enrichment Programs

What’s the Difference Between Crème de la Crème’s Gymnasium and Creative Movement? How do the Learning Objectives Differ? A fundamental part of early childhood is moving and being active. Brain research suggests that being active stimulates cognitive growth as well because when energy is exerted, children can focus better, sleep better and stay on task… Read more

Knowing When to Intervene: Supporting the Development of Social Competencies

When children are fighting, keep in mind that it is in the nature of the young, across species, to challenge each other in some kind of physical fashion. Although humans are more cognitively advanced, children will have that same instinct to explore and challenge their peers physically and verbally. When a challenge is evenly matched,… Read more

What is Language Arts in Preschool?

I have always tried to make reading and language exciting to my own sons and students by describing literacy as “breaking the code.” The reason I describe it that way is to build excitement around the seemingly endless prompts to “say this, say that, repeat after me…”, and to let them understand the vast rewards… Read more

The Importance of Developing Gross Motor Skills Through Active Play

Just as important as developing cognitive and social skills in school, is focusing on children’s physical abilities and increasing the complexity of physical skill as they grow. When caregivers have the appropriate expectations of children in the early years, it reduces stress for adults and supports self-esteem and healthy bodies in children. Everyone wins. Understanding… Read more

The Five Types of Play and Why They are Important for Cognitive & Social Growth

Play is accepted as a universal theory of development, meaning that across time (within the era of early childhood developmental social science) and space (across the globe), children learn primarily through play. There are five distinct types of play that each play a different role in cognitive and social growth. Physical Play: Physical skills and… Read more

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