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Misconceptions About Math in Early Childhood Classrooms

Photo: Caroline Silber for Strategies for Children<p>“Young children are not ready for mathematic education.” That’s the first of nine misconceptions …

Preschool Math: Education's Secret Weapon

What happens when an educational game designer has young kids?<p>I'm at an educational conference in Wisconsin taking a break to write an article about the importance of early childhood education. Just as I'm about to start writing I get a call from my 4-year-old son.<p>"Daddy, this game you made is …

Magic Potion Lab from Tinkerlab

When my three-year old woke up the other day, the first thing she did was ask, ” can we do an experiment today?” Seriously.<p>An “experiment” happens to …

Helping Toddlers Resolve Conflicts (Rules of Engagement)

Given a choice, I would avoid conflict like the plague, but I don’t live in a plastic bubble. My day is full of personal interactions with family, …

How do you play as an adult? Journal Prompts

Play Journal Prompts<p><i>Refill your emotional cup before another busy week.</i><p>With Fill Your Cup prompts the idea is that you can take just one or two …

Creative Writing

Do Toy Companies Need More Women at the Top?

Lego has two women on its senior leadership team; Mattel has one. Is this lack of diversity holding them back?<p>As a little girl, I loved Barbies. But now as an adult, I'm slightly embarrassed by this. My best defense: Well, there weren't better girls toys back then. Three decades later, when …

The Politics of 'Pre-K'

Preschool and prekindergarten are the same thing—aren’t they?<p>Less than half of all 3- and 4-year-olds across the country are enrolled in any sort of early education, largely because of how pricey these programs can be. That’s a shame, advocates argue, considering the research showing the positive, …

Kindergarten skills vary by kids’ social, economic status | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - Kids’ math and reading skills when they start kindergarten can vary greatly based on their social and economic status, according to a new study.<p>Children in gowns and mortarboards pose for pictures during their kindergarten graduation ceremony, in Wenxian county, Henan province …

Research

The Activity Gap

Access to after-school programs is growing more unequal, and that's pushing disadvantaged kids further behind.<p>Imagine two young adults who, despite living in the same city, come from very different worlds.<p>One is named Ethan—a freshman at an elite college near Austin, Texas, pursuing a degree in …

Exactly How Much Sleep Is 'Enough'?

New recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation<p>Today the National Sleep Foundation released new guidelines, serving to clarify the meaning of "enough" in the tedious rejoinder, "Most people don't get enough sleep." The sleep-advocacy foundation convened a panel of experts, led by Harvard …

Too much sugar and sodium are on the menu for toddlers, study finds

Americans' atrocious eating habits start incredibly young, according to a new, comprehensive analysis of foods sold for infants and toddlers.<p>About one-third of dinners made for toddlers contained at least one kind of added sugar, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Nutrition

Storytelling in preschool linked to reading later - Futurity

New research connects storytelling ability among African-American preschoolers and the development of kindergarten reading skills.

Pre-school

Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching

In the past, I have covered many studies that look at the efficacy of game based learning. But a recent study from A-GAMES, a collaboration between New York University and the University of Michigan, is significant because it looks at the way games impact the learning experience and the …

Children are captivated by science but teachers fail them, says Sir Martin Rees

Sir Martin Rees, astronomer royal, says children are interested in dinosaurs and space but the spark is lost due to poor science teachers<p>Children’s enthusiasm for dinosaurs and space rockets could lead them into eminent careers if only Britain had more decent science teachers, the astronomer royal …

Schadenfreude

Digital Education: Case Study

This presentation was prepared for a talk I was asked to give in 2014 at an International Conference on 'Glocal' (global + local) Education.<p>I showcased some examples of using technology and the Internet in my marketing lectures.

Education

6 Great Task Management Chrome Apps for Teachers

June 7, 2015<br>Below is a compilation of some of the best task management Chrome apps for teachers. Some of the things you can do with these apps …

NCP Planning Handbook — LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development

The Planning Handbook, created in Chicago for the New Communities Program, provides a short and visual roadmap for planning. The 2004 publication …

Community Development

Just how wide is the preschool attendance gap between kids from the richest US households and the poorest?

In US households that earn $100,000 or more per year, 64% of children age three or four attend preschool. In US households making less than $50,000, only 40% of kids are getting education before kindergarten. That’s a 24 percentage-point difference.<p>A few caveats to the data, which come from the …

Education

Nonprofits, and Businesses, Can Be Self-Sustaining. Just Think 100 Years Ahead.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Nonprofits continue to spring up that aim to raise and deploy capital with the intent to solve problems that affect many people. Commonly referred to as NGOs (non-governmental organizations), the basis for this standard setup is built …

The Face of Nonprofit Boards: A Network Problem

60<p>51<p>3<p>Shares 114<p><i>In January,</i> Nonprofit Quarterly <i>published an overview of the 2015 governance index from BoardSource, “Leading with Intent: A National</i> …

Nonprofits

Always, Always, Always Show Up

Three years ago, as I was putting the finishing touches on my book <i>Dare, Dream, Do</i>, a friend sent me a link to a contest sponsored by Oprah. The prize was your own talk show. Immediately, I was thrilled by the giddy fear I feel when I know I’ve got to take something on.<p>Almost simultaneously, I began …

5 Time Management Techniques Worth Using

There's no magic pill you can take to manage your time better. Instead, try implementing these five strategies to get your work under control.<p>Author, Strategic Advisor, Consultant, and Business Coach<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for …

21 Great Ways to Conquer Stress | Inc.com

An earlier post about reducing stress accumulated comments full of excellent advice from Sales Source readers. Here are the gist of them, along with some additional insights I have on the subject:<p><b>1. Take joy in small victories.</b> Most of us have ambitious goals that may take years to achieve. While …

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