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A Very Wise Decision, Investing in PreK Education
Posted on Dec 4, 2019
  • Lucy Hart Paulson
Tags
  • Early Childhood
  • Early Literacy
  • prek
A Very Wise Decision, Investing in PreK Education

Children first need our guidance to build a foundation that then can be deepened with play exploration. So how about playful instruction with planful play guiding our preK implementation?

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Early Childhood Literacy: Summer Learning Disguised as Fun
Posted on May 22, 2019
  • Lucy Hart Paulson
Tags
  • Early Childhood
  • Literacy
  • summer
Early Childhood Literacy: Summer Learning Disguised as Fun

Summer is coming and it’s time for play. Keep literacy learning a part of each day! Word play is fun and easy to do. Think of the words for the things around you.

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The Heart of Teaching—Social Emotional Learning in Young Children
Posted on Feb 14, 2019
  • Lucy Hart Paulson
The Heart of Teaching—Social Emotional Learning in Young Children

Social emotional learning is a prevalent topic in education today, with a recognition that how children feel is as important as their academic growth. However, this perspective infers there is a dichotomy of skill sets, social emotional skills and academic skills. To this point, some early childhood programs have intentionally focused on young children’s social emotional skills and discouraged including academically related skills with a sense that social emotional skills need to develop before children are able to learn other skills. Consider these skill sets as all interconnected and integrated, instead of being a dichotomy, and that social emotional learning is dependent on executive function skills, which are interrelated to cognition, which is connected to oral language. Social emotional learning develops as we effectively learn to use the background knowledge we have gained through experiences and skills acquired to help us with tasks

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Screens Here, Screens There, Screens, Screens, Everywhere!
Posted on May 17, 2018
  • Lucy Hart Paulson
Tags
  • Literacy
Screens Here, Screens There, Screens, Screens, Everywhere!

Most likely, you are reading this on a screen as opposed to a printed hard copy. Our use of screen-based media with smart phones, tablets, computers, televisions, DVDs, and screen-based games has increased significantly for us, as adults, and for our children.

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