• Dual Language Learners: Who are They and How Can Teachers Support Them?

    As August looms over us and summer comes to an end, teachers from all over the country will enter their classrooms to meet a whole new group of students as they do every year. The beginning of the school year can be an exciting time, however, amongst the excitement, there may be moments where teachers, students, and parents feel worried, nervous, and even anxious about what’s to come in the new year. For some students, these feelings may be amplified– particularly for those who are having their very first school experience! Now, picture these young preschoolers coming into our classrooms. Sometimes they cry, sometimes they remain quiet all day, and…

  • Multicultural Inclusion in an Early Childhood Education Classroom

    It is important that parents and early childhood educators are aware of how multicultural education–or lack of it–can impact a student’s social emotional development. Early childhood educators have many responsibilities throughout the school day and beyond to ensure the success of their students. These responsibilities include morning meeting, assessments, and curriculum planning, development, and changes. Another responsibility that teachers have is to provide students with a multicultural education and ensure that there is a representation of diverse cultures and ethnicities in the classroom. As teachers, one of our goals is to create a classroom environment in which all students feel welcome and valued. Studies show that students are able to…

  • Conscious Gardening with Children

    As parents, guardians, and educators, teaching children about where the food we eat comes from is essential to ensuring the next generation’s ability to make ethical and healthy decisions in the short and long term. Communities continue to spend less time engaging with food systems in concurrence with technological evolution, and as a result, so grows the distance between ourselves and our food systems. Sadly, many children grow up lacking connection to the journey that food takes from seed to fork. It’s a bleak situation, but fortunately for all of us, gardening exists. Ideally people of all ages, of all socioeconomic backgrounds, and from all parts of the world would…

  • The Fear of Failing

    Teaching an Appreciation for Failure and Encouraging a Growth Mindset Many factors contribute to a child’s inner voice and mindset. Educators, parents and guardians have the ability to shape and reverse how a child reacts, feels and approaches academic and personal challenges. A child’s fixed mindset and fear of failure can hinder his desire to fully immerse himself in learning experiences. When a child has a fixed mindset, he believes that his intelligence is limited; he does not respond well to failure—associating failure with being unintelligent and unsuccessful; and he will seek out activities that are not challenging to validate his intelligence rather than work through an activity that he…