A Thought for Thursday: How Music Sets the Tone for Learning

  This article of mine appears in the current issue of “Teaching Young Children”: ABBY CONNORS I’m clapping to the beat as we begin music time. Soon Nyra, Mason, and Aditya are clapping, too. Sophia pats the floor to the beat. While Sophia responds to the music differently from the other children, she too is […]

What’s New Wednesday: Preschoolers Outsmart College Kids

How amazing are preschoolers? They may not have the knowledge that we do, butmaybe their flexible thinking processes could teach us a thing or two… (from ScienceDaily.com) Preschoolers can outsmart college students at figuring out gizmos Date: March 6, 2014 Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figurin g out how unusual toys and […]

Once Upon a Monday: Peepsqueak Wants a Friend

Peepsqueak Wants a Friend by Leslie Ann Clark I just discovered this story recently and my students love it! All of the other chicks in the farmyard are in 2’s (they each have a friend) but Peepsqueak is only 1. He goes off to look for a friend, telling each pair of friends (I sing this to the […]

Fun Fun Friday: Vacation Edition!

Every Friday this blog will be devoted to the wonderfully fun things young children say and do. Today: Special Vacation Edition!   Me: Where’s Marco today? Child: He’s on vacation. Other Child: No, he’s not! He’s getting married! Third Child: No, he’s not! His uncle’s getting married! First Child: Well, he’s still on vacation!   […]

A Thought for Thursday: “Shake Up Your Curriculum With Rhythm Instruments”

This article of mine originally appeared in Early Childhood News: ”Shake Up” Your Music Curriculum With Rhythm Instruments! By Abigail Connors  As an early childhood professional, you’re well aware of the seemingly insatiable need of children to express themselves by making noise – a lot of noise! Rhythm instruments provide a uniquely effective way to […]