June 2013

ECRP. Vol 1 No 2. What Should Children Learn? Making Choices and Taking Chances.

The purpose of this paper is to consider the concept of children’s potential as it is interpreted and supported by an early childhood curriculum. This discussion represents a first step in responding to the question—What should preschool children learn?—recently posed to me by the Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy, a group of scholars convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council to address issues of educational goals and content in the preschool age period.

This is well worth any early childhood educator’s time! Read it before school begins in the fall.  Research based.  How can this support your work with children and families?

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“Tiger Mom” study shows the parenting method doesn’t work. – Slate Magazine.

As a parent, I read every new book or article about parenting and education.  That was before blogs, thank goodness, so it narrowed the field some what!  I did it because I wanted the very best for my children.  I suppose I thought by being informed of the best way to parent, I would provide my children with all they needed to be successful in life without the struggles many families face.  I soon found out life doesn’t work that way.  “We make plans, and God laughs!” has become a favorite quote.  Don’t get me wrong, I have great kids ( mostly grown now) but I didn’t foresee them dealing with dyslexia , anxiety, depression, or the demands of  life as I planned the perfect path for my children. download

What are your thoughts?  As a parent, have you been torn to be the Tiger Mom or to choose a different path?   What support do parents have to make decisions on their child’s education? Is there only one way to parent?  Let me hear from you.

“School Time” in New Zealand | Edutopia.

Adam Provost wrote a blog about his trip to New Zealand.  His focus was on the New Zealand Model of schedule. It’s a great read and begs the questions:

  • What are we doing currently, and what’s its impact on quality of learning and student (and family) lives?
  • Does this schedule promote or hinder collaboration? For students? For adults?
  • What could we do differently?
  • What do we need to do?