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From Bouncing Beats to Soothing Melodies:The Power of Music for Infants and Toddlers

Hey Reader! How does music affect infants and toddler development – maybe even before they’re able to talk? Let’s examine a few things today. Several of today’s ideas came from THIS article from zerotothree.com which includes LOTS of info on development and music including a fantastic chart with musical ideas for various development domains by age group! Young children begin to learn self-regulation as a loving caregiver gently holds a baby close and rocks or sways to the beat of a gentle…

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Creating Harmony: Using Music for Connection, Collaboration, and Regulation

Hey Reader! What if I told you that there is a really easy and fun way to foster connection, collaboration, and emotional regulation in your classroom and you don’t even have to buy anything? It’s MUSIC! Keep reading to see how music actually help you do all of these things! (Hint: You don’t actually have to be good at singing. Preschoolers don’t really care if you can carry a tune!) Building Connection: Music provides a shared experience that crosses language and cultural barriers, making it…

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Good Guys vs. Bad Guys

Hey Reader! A few children in your classroom are chasing each other on the playground as super heroes trying to “capture the bad guys”! There is lots of discussion during centers about policemen putting the bad guy in jail. Or maybe you’ve even overheard conversations about super heroes or policemen killing the bad guys? Before we all gasp and call parents…let’s examine what’s happening here: Remember that young children, both boys and girls, starting around age 3 make sense of their world…

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Navigating Classroom Noise: Purposeful Play vs. Excessive Clamor

Hey Reader! In a recent podcast conversation with Dr. Beverly Alford of Curating Play, we talked about NOISE in our classrooms. When children are engaged in lively, active, age-appropriate play…there’s probably going to be some noise involved. Would you agree with that? How do you feel about noise in your classroom? I think we have various levels of noise tolerance based on our own life experience. For example, I raised three very active, rambunctious boys so what I consider “too loud” is…

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Potty Talk and Other Strong Words

Hey Reader! Taylor, a three-year-old, just learned a new word! “Fart!” 🫣🙄Every time he says it, all the others start giggling and laughing. Before you know it, all you hear all day is “fart-fart-fart-fart” and lots of giggling and laughing. Preschool children are learning more words every day and when they start potty-training, there is a whole new set of vocabulary that might make its way into the classroom. What do you do? First, let’s talk about why children like to use potty words (or…

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Creating a Green Zone: Tools to Bring Students Back to Center

Hey Reader! We’re talking about optimal learning states in our brains today! McKinley is starting to get out of control – you see her fists are tight, her body is rigid, her breathing is fast and shallow…at any moment, the scream will come out or she’ll bolt out the door! (She’s functioning in the red zone) Caleb is retreating from the group – you see his body physically shrinking, his head is lowered and he’s looking at the ground and unable to make eye contact, he might even be trying to…

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