What is a Progressive Education at The School in Rose Valley?

In 2004, The School in Rose Valley (SRV) and Swarthmore College cosponsored a conference on Progressive Education.  Well known author and speaker, Alfie Kohn, opened the conference with a keynote address that you can read here. (It continues to be timely, you really should read it!) The conference, in part, helped to revive a professional…

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The Importance of Choice in Kindergarten

A peek into a Kindergarten classroom can be an interesting experience.  Of course, it depends where you look, but there is usually more than meets the eye. What do we hope to accomplish in Kindergarten?  Each day, at The School in Rose Valley, we expect a lot from our Kindergartners, including making numerous decisions.  Why?  Because…

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Shadow Curriculum: The Hidden Agenda of Preschool Shop

Visitors, prospective parents, and new school parents are often taken aback by the thought of three and four year olds engaging in woodworking. Their general focus on either the novel “cuteness” of small children plying full-sized tools, or the potential dangers of same, can distract them from seeing that there is quite a bit more…

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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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