15 Ways to Inspire Movement in Class

*Originially published on Becker’s Insight’s on Early Learning Blog. “The development of the mind comes through movement.” ~Maria Montessori Movement is essential in the early years. Students learn by doing and need ample opportunities throughout the day to engage their minds and bodies. Active learning environments allow students to...

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Play IS Research: 6 Stages of Social Play

*Originally published on Becker’s Insights on Early Learning blog. “Play is the highest form of research.” ~Albert Einstein Since the start of my career as an early childhood educator, I’ve always advocated for play. It’s no secret in our profession that students learn and develop best when engaging in...

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10 Tips for Cultivating Kindness

*Originally published on Becker’s Insights on Early Learning blog. Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. ~Aristotle Kindness can be taught. In the early years, students are just discovering how to learn, play, and work together in the school setting. And while most schools...

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20 Alternatives to Saying “Good Job”

Good job, Tyler! Fantastic work, Kiara! Well done, Juan! These well-intentioned forms of traditional praise are ubiquitous in early childhood settings, but what ​really ​do these positive affirmations communicate to young learners? Teachers, parents, and caregivers typically say words such as “good job” to celebrate children’s work and instill in...

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Parent Partnerships: Volunteers for Learning

Parent partnerships are crucial! Creating a variety of opportunities for parents to volunteer throughout the year can truly change the dynamic of the classroom for the better. Rather than using parent volunteers for standard organizational tasks only, integrate opportunities for them to truly support instruction. They can provide the additional...

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Let Them Play: 6 Ways to Promote Play

*Originally published on Becker’s Insights on Early Learning blog  Play matters! In fact, it’s perhaps the most essential element of children’s learning. Play is crucial to brain development as well as the health and well-being of early learners. It fosters physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills while cultivating creativity and...

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