Category Archives: Early Childhood

A Welcome Without Walls: 7 Ways to Create a Safe and Inviting Preschool Classroom

By Molly Breen Whenever we prepare to welcome students back to school, we thoughtfully consider our classroom environment as the “third teacher.” We know that every corner of the room matters and details count! The environments we create set the … Continue reading

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Movement, Play, and SEL: Create a Picture Book Dance Story

By Connie Bergstein Dow, author of From A to Z with Energy! 26 Ways to Move and Play Over my long career as a dance educator, I have especially enjoyed teaching creative dance to young children. I love inspiring their … Continue reading

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3 Mindfulness Activities for Challenging Behaviors

By Molly Breen Challenging behavior in preschool is the rule, not the exception. In my setting, every day is a new opportunity for kids to be expressive, interactive, impulsive, and so on. Observing and responding to kids is the bulk … Continue reading

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How to Help Young Children Heal from Pandemic Trauma

By Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed., author of Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior: Create Responsive Environments Where Young Children Thrive As summer weather creeps in and vaccines go in arms, you can almost feel the collective exhale as many of us cautiously … Continue reading

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How to Break the Habit of Using Gendered Terms in Your Classroom (and What to Use Instead)

By Lydia Bowers, author of We Listen to Our Bodies “Ok, line up . . . boys in one line, girls in the other!” How many times have we heard statements like that in a classroom? Yet we live in … Continue reading

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