Foundations of Literacy: The tip of the iceberg and what lies beneath (part 2)

Several weeks ago, I shared how preschool play is a significant tool for beginning literacy development.  In this post you will read how we prepare our youngest students for books, stories, reading and writing. For children to be motivated to do the hard work of learning to read and write, they must witness and internalize the…

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How Fast is a Slug?

A few days ago, when I stepped onto the terrace at The School in Rose Valley to take up my post as morning greeter, I noticed several students marveling at a slug leaving a trail of slime as it crossed the bricks.  One student put his foot in the way and the others watched for…

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Lingo, Language and Concepts for Early Socialization

An important part of any education is supporting the process of socialization for children.  Socialization is elevated in a progressive school because the nature of interpersonal relationships is a foundational philosophical and curricular element.  This emphasis facilitates the creation and maintenance of a community of people working together to achieve common goals.  Socialization begins, of…

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Building Rockets, Rocking Chairs and Responsibility in Shop

A quick perusal of the Merriam-Webster dictionary yields rich and nuanced definitions of the adjective responsible and the noun responsibility. These are words that we as parents and teachers direct at our children and students with great regularity, “I need you to be more responsible about not leaving your skateboard on the stairs,” “While Mommy’s…

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Foundations of Literacy: The tip of the iceberg and what lies beneath

To many parents of young children, the most visible aspects of learning to read and write are the things that appear to be the nuts and bolts:  decoding (sounding out) words, spelling, and handwriting.  These are the things that many adults remember learning and working on in their own schooling, and perhaps they are the…

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