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January 21, 2022

How Do Children Learn Best?

How Actively “Doing” Can Help Preschoolers Learn Best

One of the things I think about a great deal as an educator, is “how do children learn best?”  

While I think there is no “right” answer to this question, I see that some children learn intuitively by observing the world around them, but most children (and adults for that matter) learn by “doing”. 

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November 17, 2021

Resolving Power Struggles With Children In A Healthy Way

Tips for Parents During Power Struggles with Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School-Age Children

Over the past couple of weeks, I have talked with several parents about how to respond when a child is initiating a power struggle – they’re really stuck, digging in their heels, and being insistent that a situation has to proceed a certain way.  I think of these moments as “tug-or-war moments”: your child has picked up the...

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September 24, 2021

Emotional Regulation in Young Children

Helping Your Child With Emotional Regulation Skills

Good morning,

I hope you and your family are well and enjoying the beautiful early fall weather.  Last week I had a lot of conversations with parents about emotional regulation in children.  For many children, nervousness and uncertainty about the new school year are expressed in increased dysregulation.  For...

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September 19, 2021

Navigating Friendship in Preschool

How Teachers Help Facilitate Children Building Friendships in Preschool

“I want my child to learn to be part of a group; I hope my child will make friends”. That statement reflects one of the top reasons that parents choose to send their child to preschool. Now that the process of “settling in” is well underway the children are beginning to open their eyes and minds to the process and experience of ...

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January 25, 2021

Coping with Children’s Emotions During a Pandemic

Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19

I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.  As the pandemic drags on, I know that many parents are understandably feeling weighted down by pandemic fatigue.  For some families, this is compounded by the fact that children are experiencing more intense emotions and dysregulated behavior. When...

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September 24, 2020

Teaching Children Emotional Intelligence

Helping Children Learn How to Identify Feelings

I hope the start of the school year – in whatever form it may be taking – is going well for your family.  This week I have been thinking about emotional intelligence, which very simply put means the ability to understand emotions and identify feelings – both one’s own feelings and the feelings of those around us – and the ability to manage one’s emotions (...

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February 11, 2020

Early Childhood Learning / Teaching Strategies

Early Childhood Learning Strategies Your Child Can Experience At School & Home

The early childhood years are jam-packed with endless learning experiences for your child.  Every day brings new discoveries and accomplishments.  Many of these critical learning moments happen organically, driven by your child’s natural curiosity and instinct for what they need to learn.  You will never go wrong by following your child’s lead for ...

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December 19, 2019

Science With Preschoolers: Everyday Science Activities For Preschoolers

We all hear a lot about the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) learning and the value of teaching children science skills at a young age.  You may wonder what that means or think you don’t have the time to explore that at home.  If so, you may be surprised to learn that you are likely doing many things...

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November 11, 2019

Let's Do Lunch!

As the school year gets into a rhythm, it is a time to examine new routines and see what needs fine-tuning.  One way that parents help make the bridge from home to school is by preparing lunches that are satisfying, nutritious and convey nurturing from home. The LEAP Staff would like to offer these observations to help make your child’s lunch a positive and enjoyable experience.

 

  • Lunch is a very social time at ...
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November 17, 2021

Resolving Power Struggles With Children In A Healthy Way

Tips for Parents During Power Struggles with Toddlers, Preschoolers, and School-Age Children Over the past couple of weeks, I have talked with several parents about how to respond when a child is initiating a power struggle – they’re really stuck, digging in their heels, and being...
» read more
September 24, 2021

Emotional Regulation in Young Children

Helping Your Child With Emotional Regulation Skills Good morning, I hope you and your family are well and enjoying the beautiful early fall weather.  Last week I had a lot of conversations with parents about emotional regulation in children.  For many children, nervousness and...
» read more
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