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January 07, 2016

How Do Children 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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December 08, 2015

Friendship in Preschool

Friendship 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 developing new relationships. Often during the first weeks of school children play independently, seek out...

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November 24, 2015

Community Service & Giving Back

One of the many things that drew me to the LEAP School almost 14 years ago was the sense of supportive community.  Over the years, I have been a part of it in many different ways – as a teacher building classroom community, as a parent connecting with other parents and now as a Director.  My biggest goal coming into this role 3 years ago was to continue to support, build and sustain connecting parents with each other and our staff. As a parent, I live the...

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November 02, 2015

Experience With Small Class Sizes

Each fall I spend time in every classroom observing children and teachers to support goal setting for the upcoming  school year. I am always impressed with how the small class size  and low child/teacher ratio allows each child to be seen and valued. Teachers have the luxury of truly teaching and not just managing behavior. This is something that is foundational at LEAP because as...

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September 15, 2017

Welcome to the New School Year! A Reflection on Learning

Dear Parents, Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! As the summer came to a close, I found myself thinking a great deal about learning. Not surprising, when you consider that I am a preschool director.  What prompted this thinking though, was a vacation experience with my family. As...
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June 10, 2016

Kindergarten Readiness

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, many children and parents in the Upper Preschool are experiencing mixed feelings about the upcoming transition to Kindergarten. There is excitement and anticipation about this new endeavor as well as some feelings of sadness and loss about...
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May 13, 2016

Reflections By a Parent

The present cold and miserable weather reminds me of a “rule” enforced by my mother, one that causes me to struggle every spring. Last year, the struggle unfolded as I was getting ready for the May Show. I wanted to wear white shoes. My white shoes were more comfortable, and I think they would have...
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