With over two decades of experience in early childhood education, as well as a PhD in curriculum development, Dr. Palacios is a pioneer in the field of dual language learning, and is co-founder and former vice-chairperson of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), an organization that has certified more than 92,000 teachers in the United States during the past 20 years. Dr. Palacios is engaged in strategic curriculum planning for ABCmouse.com and in the design of age-appropriate learning activities and other site content that effectively teach essential concepts and skills to young children. In addition, she is involved in the development of site content that supports English language learning for children from households where English is not the primary language.
When your child reads, he or she looks at the written words on a page and decides what spoken words the written words represent. But that doesn’t help him understand what he is reading unless he also knows the meanings of those spoken words.
As a teacher of young children for more than 30 years, one of the things that I valued most was children’s drawings. What incredible imagination and creativity young children have!
Every child’s education should be well-balanced, including the fundamentals of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts. Often when there are budget cuts in schools, the first thing to be eliminated is the arts.
The holidays offer wonderful opportunities to create learning experiences for children that center around cooking. These experiences are especially powerful because they involve all of the senses: smelling, tasting, touching, hearing, and seeing-which is one reason that memories created in the kitchen can last a lifetime!
Open a book with your child and step into another world! When we provide children the gift of books and language, we are providing them with imaginative experiences that are important in building a nation of creative thinkers and innovators.
An invaluable survival strategy for parents and teachers of young children is the establishment of daily and weekly routines.
Water fascinates young children. Whether the water is in small or large quantities, however, it is always important to think about safety when water is involved and to ensure that young children are properly supervised. With this in mind, let’s talk about water play.
Sometimes, as I showed my 4-year-old students some new materials to work with (which teachers call manipulatives), they would ask me, “What does it DO?” This question would make me think twice about what people give children to play with; too often toys and manipulatives are designed to “do” something interesting, but not to require the child to “do” very much at all!
Now that summer is here and many children are at home, there are lots of things that families can do to encourage summer learning.
In my most recent blog, I wrote about science for the summer and ways to set the stage for science explorations. My first suggestion was to find out about your child’s interests and set up an experience or exploration with that in mind. I asked: “Is it bugs, bubbles? How about shadows and light, or sound and vibrations? Perhaps it is things that move or things that grow?”
In my most recent blog, you found information regarding summer explorations based on science activities. Those included insects, shadows and light, and sound and vibration. (This blog will offer suggestions on wheels, balls, and motion, as well as seeds and plants.)