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Books That Teach Social-Emotional Skills

As a former preschool teacher, I found that one of the best ways to cement a social emotional lesson is by reading an engaging story, colorfully illustrated. Here are a few tried and true stories that kids seem to love: 1. The Hurt by Teddi Doleski Description: A boy...

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A Love Letter to Books

Dear Books, I remember the first time I met you. I sat on the couch snuggled up to my mom, she held you in her hands and began to read softly, turning the pages quietly. I listened to the words, a description of a stuffed velveteen rabbit who was dearly loved by a...

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Gratitude, Thankfulness & Early Learning

By Jen Lindbeck ‘Tis the season to be thankful. Let’s be honest, sometimes it is hard to see the good when you are buried in bills, laundry, and the day to day challenges of parenting. Thankfulness amid difficulty can look something like: I am thankful for coffee. I...

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Early Learning and Technology

By Jen Lindbeck   Whenever technology is mentioned in a gathering of early learning professionals or service providers, I often find my opinion differs from my colleagues. The conversation typically focuses on the importance of hands on learning and play and the lack...

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Superheroes, Princesses & Early Learning

By Jen Lindbeck It is that time of year when the ghosts, goblins, and Harry Potters hit the streets to trick or treat. When my youngest was a baby, we cut arm holes in an empty diaper package, which he wore as a shirt, wrapped a diaper on his head, and called it good....

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The Mess Matters!

There is a risk analysis most teachers complete during curriculum planning where you consider an activity and the amount of teacher involvement and potential for catastrophic mess making. Sometimes even the most diligent risk assessment may miss the mark. Imagine a...

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