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Child Care Firsts: How to Create a Culture of Communication

By Molly Breen For all parents, entrusting very small children into the care of other adults can feel overwhelming and stressful. They might wonder: Will my children be safe? Will they be nurtured? What if something happens? A parent’s list … Continue reading

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Enter to Win English-Spanish Bilingual Books from the Best Behavior® Series!

This month we are giving away  bilingual English-Spanish books from the Best Behavior® series. These books offer simple words and lively full-color illustrations to guide children to choose positive behaviors. One lucky reader will choose board books for ages 1–4 … Continue reading

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How to Work With a Paraprofessional in Your Classroom

By Andrew Hawk Like many other former paraprofessionals, I was motivated to go on to become a teacher because of the time I spent in that role. Also referred to as teaching assistants, teacher’s aides, or instructional assistants, paraprofessionals have … Continue reading

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Help Students Develop Mini-Habits for Social Emotional Learning

By Stephanie Filio What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? Let’s break it down. Social constructs are the norms we adhere to as we interact with people every day. We interact by waving hello, making eye contact in a meeting, … Continue reading

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Purposeful Play: Connecting Play and Learning in Preschool

By Molly Breen “Play is serious learning,” quipped Fred Rogers famously. Vivian Gussin Paley devoted a lifetime of teaching and writing to the power of play, describing play as the work of childhood in recognition of its central role in … Continue reading

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