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Kindergarten Readiness Challenging Behavior Life Readiness Engaging in Play Problem Solving Emotional Intelligence Pre-Academics
Kindergarten Readiness
Kindergarten Readiness 101

“Is my child ready for Kindergarten? What does that even mean?” Here’s my high-level perspective as a parent + teacher...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Kindergarten Readiness: Part 1 – Social + Emotional Skills

“OK, I think I have a sense for Kindergarten readiness, but how can I support my child to get there?” Read...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Kindergarten Readiness: Part 2 – Pre-Academic Skills

ABCs, colors, numbers, sight words…parents have heard of the “push-down” of academic skills – that Kindergarten has a lot of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
Kindergarten Readiness: Part 3 – Parent Readiness

Kindergarten is a meaningful adjustment – for parents too. We’ve got simple tips for parents for a not-so-simple transition –...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Executive Functioning: Part 1 – Why It Matters

“Executive functioning” is a phrase often cited when talking about child development. But what does it really mean and how...

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Executive Functioning: Part 2 – How to Strengthen It

Nuts + bolts; let’s get tactical. Now that we’ve baselined the 3 primary processes of executive functioning, let’s look at...

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
Discipline: Part 1 – Why Discipline (Not Punishment)

Understand the difference between discipline and punishment to change a child’s behavior in the future. Let’s focus on creating effective...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Discipline: Part 3 – Logical Consequences

Punishment is imposed, discipline is instilled. Consequences must make sense – they must be logical.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Challenging Behavior
How to Handle Challenging Behavior

“The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.” -Peggy O’Mara

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Handle an Emotional Meltdown

In the heat of an emotional meltdown, it’s hard to remember what to do. So we use *SKOR* for quick recall....

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 1: What’s Going On?

Children experience emotions just like adults, but they need support and guidance to: 1) Understand their emotions; and 2) Make...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Tantrums – Part 2: What You Could Do

Tantrums are hard to manage – for everyone. Here’s our checklist for what to do….in the first 5 mins.

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Encourage Listening – A (Mental) Checklist

One of the most frequent questions we get from parents is, “How do I get my child to listen?” It’s...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Transitions: Part 1 – Why Transitions Are So Hard

#1 daily challenge with children: How to get from A to Z without fighting, yelling or throwing a tantrum? Learn why...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Transitions: Part 2 – How to Get Through Peacefully

Knowing why transitions are difficult is half the puzzle. The other half is how to get through them. Teachers go...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
On Impulse Control: Part 2 – What You Could Do

Brain differences make it hard for a child to control their behavior. Understanding your child’s impulsive behaviors can help you...

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Critical Thinking
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Life Readiness
Bring Peace to Your Mornings – Make a Routine Chart

Power struggles and harried mornings for both parent and child are normal, and yet not a fun way to start...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach 3 Key Social Skills

While some children inherently understand how to socially interact with others and are comfortable with basic social skills, others need more...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Common Manners by Age

We teachers have the good fortune of learning and playing with a wide range of children in class and are...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
How to Teach Your Child About Personal Safety

As your child matures, there will come a time when you’ll need to have a conversation about personal safety. Many...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Talk About Other Children’s Challenges

Questions and comments from children about other children’s challenges are normal; they illustrate the broad spectrum of learning, ability and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Get Your Child to Practice

Research-approved. Reframe how you think about ‘practice’.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Critical Thinking
How to Ask Your Child About Their Day

Our Top 10 favorite conversation starters can give you insight into what matters to your child, and deepen your connection...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Helpful Ways to Praise Your Child

A simple tip sheet for how to praise your child. Something more than “Good job” or just commenting on process and...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Engaging in Play
How to Share – Part 1: Why Share?!

Simply saying “Share!” holds little meaning for children. Young children are egocentric and concrete thinkers. Their experience of the world...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
How to Share – Part 2: Some Helpful Rules

Conflict is natural for preschoolers who are just learning about peers and group settings – it’s expected, healthy and natural....

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 1: Why It Happens

Watching a child turn to you crying for the first time because “A friend said ‘I can’t play’”, is a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Exclusion and Inclusion – Part 2: Do Something About It

Social exclusion is a main theme in a child’s development and there are many reasons why it happens. Empower your child to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Support Self-Image and Self-Confidence

When your child starts demonstrating behaviors that show they are trying to ‘fit in’ or wants to ‘belong to a...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Gun Play – Understand the Myths and Realities

As parents and teachers of young children, we encounter ‘power play’ in a variety of ways – some children like...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
How to Handle Sibling Fights (When You Have Time)

Siblings fight. They fight over people, things, physical spaces and so much more. They use their words and their bodies...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
3 Things to Say to Immediately Stop a (Sibling) Fight

Get unflustered in the heat of the moment? Three phrases you can use to stop a fight. Kids are often...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Problem Solving
*THINK* – Be Powerful with Your Words

Teach your child to *THINK* before they speak. A helpful mnemonic to remind your child that words are powerful. 

Ages
5-6,
6-7
“I” Messages – A Helpful Technique for Conflict Resolution

Empower your child with a valuable life skill – teach them how to express their emotions and desires during conflict.

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Wheel of Choices – Resolve Social Conflict Independently

Help your child learn how to resolve a social conflict on their own with this framework – Wheel of Choices.

Ages
5-6,
6-7
Tattling vs. Telling

Tattling is very common but it can be shaped by our responses to their tattling. Teach your child this simple rhyme to work...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
*STOP!* An Easy Technique for Impulse Control

Empower your child to manage their emotions and regain control in heated situations with *STOP!*

Ages
5-6,
6-7
A Simple Exercise to Calm and Re-Center Your Child

A breathing exercise to help your child move through the rocky moments in their day. Easy to do, easy to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System

Here’s a practical tool and script to support your child’s self-regulation and emotional awareness – it provides a shared language to signal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 2: Stop, Think, Re-Do!

It’s normal to hear your child experimenting with dramatic language at around age 4 (e.g., talking back, harsh tones of...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Emotional Intelligence
How to Teach Empathy

“Empathy is when you’re able to understand and care about how someone else is feeling.” -Mark Ruffalo, Sesame Street

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Whining – Make It Stop!

One of the most frequent complaints we get from parents is around whining. We get it – even as teachers....

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language / Tone of Voice – Part 1: Why It Happens

At around age 4, you may see all sorts of dramatic language changes – talking back, harsh tones of voice,...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 1: Optimize Your Child’s Learning

Including children in their own learning process about how to self-regulate is empowering and long-lasting. Here’s how it’s helpful to...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Self-Regulation – Part 2: Body Engine Checker System

Here’s a practical tool and script to support your child’s self-regulation and emotional awareness – it provides a shared language to signal...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fibbing vs. Lying – Why Kids Lie

Around the ages of four and five, children begin to tell “tall tales”. They may also begin to tell fibs...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Creativity + Imagination
Grow Your Brain – Apply a *Growth Mindset*

Let’s double-down on how to translate *growth mindset* into something tangible with your child. We’re focusing on how to teach...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
The Super Power of *YET*

*YET* – 3 letters that may change your child’s life. (Thanks Janelle Monae and Sesame Street for making it memorable...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Pre-Academics
Different Ways of Learning

“It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how you are smart.” -Howard Gardner

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Encourage Language Development

Easy things you can do every day to encourage your toddler to use more language. *Note – Suggestions in this article...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
How to Teach Math Basics: Part 2 – Counting

Learning to count may seem simple, but it’s critical to learning well. Let’s learn to do it playfully! The concept...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking
How to Teach Letter Identification

Some children are naturally drawn to learning letters, while others may not begin to learn letter identification until they’re a...

Ages
2-3,
3-4
Critical Thinking
Language + Literacy
How to Teach Your Child to Write

Many of us are eager for our children to learn to write. It takes practice but it also needs to...

Ages
3-4,
4-5
Language + Literacy
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
On Writing Backwards

Is writing letters backwards OK, or is it an early warning sign of a learning difference? Let’s tackle this very...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Fine Motor + Gross Motor
Language + Literacy
(Academically) Teach Reading in 6 Steps

If you’re looking for a didactic list, here’s a theoretical, academic sequence for teaching your child to read. Just remember...

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Creativity + Imagination
Language + Literacy
How to Ask Meaningful Questions During Story Time

Increase critical thinking and curiosity when you read aloud. Take story time to a new level.

Ages
4-5,
5-6
Language + Literacy
Critical Thinking

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