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Celebrate July 4th, Cultivate Independence

I learned recently that Ben Franklin didn’t think the 4th of July was a good choice of a date for celebrating our country’s independence. He thought the Declaration of Independence was a wonderful thing to assert of course, but he reflected that a better date for a holiday might coincide with the events that actually […]

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The Value of Diversity

Linguistic Diversity Cultural Diversity Racial Diversity Gender Diversity Recognizing our differences from one another is a first, easy step in coming to know, understand and hopefully accept those unlike us. We humans immediately detect those who don’t fit familiar or comfortable impressions of how things are supposed to be. We also pick up on the […]

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day, Even in Early Childhood! 

This Friday is Digital Learning Day, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Ten years ago, no one would have conceived of such a thing. Now, folks may be asking, “Just one day!?” The focus is to call attention to all of the resources that are available for school-aged kids’ classroom learning, and how those […]

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Early Literacy Must NOT Start With Preschool Enrollment

We have to stop kidding ourselves and call out the elephant in the room. Early literacy does NOT equate to early preschool education. News story after editorial after article after ivory-tower speech nearly all continue to equate early childhood education with preschool. Preschool of course IS early, but take a small step back from the current […]

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Look at All the BOOKS, Honey!

New readers can get overwhelmed when presented with an abundance of books from which to choose. Beyond a random grab or selecting books based upon cover designs, novices don’t know how to select books the way more experienced readers do and little ones can get lost in the dizzying number of choices. So, how do […]

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Bookish Chatter

My brother sent me an article about the value added by parent and sibling small talk to the language development of infants. Presumably to entice people to read the article, from England’s DailyMail.com, it sported the inflammatory headline: “Mindless chatter is FOUR TIMES better at improving a child’s communication skills than bedtime reading, claims study” […]