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Big Language, BIG thoughts!


Children that use big  descriptive language in daily routines expand their ability to express thoughts , increase vocabulary,and increase creativity.  They describe the world around them in new ways, understanding words have meanings. Use descriptive words  to explain instructions, use the words repeated in daily routines and activities.  Using fanciful language increases the child’s quest  to  use creative descriptions.  All areas of the classroom or home can be filled with interesting language- cooking- measurements, range, quarter, liquid. Construction- symmetrical, structure, dimension, foundation.  Art or music- hue, palette, technique, adhesive,detail, secondary, primary, melody, chord, harp, violin, and so on.  Use descriptive language with adjectives- exquisite, illuminating, gigantic, expansive, critical. ” It is an extremely critical situation!  The airplane was a gigantic jet with  huge  engines. Draw three curvy lines and two zigzag forms.” Expanding the child’s language is easy if you use bigger words and complete pros.

Create an atmosphere in which the child hears and uses a lot of interesting words.  pictures 014Expose children to a variety of new rich words that reinforce the BIG idea. Use investigative themes to introduce  scientific or mathematical language. Use a variety of words for common objects, connect language to thinking and solving problems. Relate language and words to new meanings.

Talk to the child, they understand more than you can imagine. How would you describe this piece of art? I am sure the child had big ideas. Looks like a few levels of drawing and writing here. It is always a great idea to ask the child, “What did you draw?”  let them answer. Don’t tell them, ask them, a great conversation could begin.

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Common Core and how it affects our children.


The common core is quickly being adopted by states and nobody even knows what it is! Several states instead of adjusting learning to developmental progress, information retention, building better foundations, have decided to teach children equally and without conceptual progression. This common core ideology -which is- one for all, all for one- everyone needs to be taught in a way to retain information- sustainable education. First grade knowledge serves second grade ,second grade knowledge serves third grade, third grade knowledge to fourth and so on. Each grade builds on the previous grade- sounds wonderful in theory- BUT….
Children’s brains don’t learn that way. They learn from scaffolding early experiences, building knowledge and retaining information because it has meaning. The young learner needs to reach specific milestones before the next step occurs. Teaching with meaning, not just building information- two entirely different theories. For instance, writing- you can push writing all you want, but if the specific hand muscles aren’t developed, negative muscle memory builds in the brain, and the child won’t learn, won’t build learning muscle sense, won’t write! Not only will the child get frustrated lashing out in anger, theses children tend to not like school. Frustration becomes the norm setting a precedence in learning. One simple educational error! This is the biggest problem with common core.
There is no one standard that will work in education. This is why our education system keeps failing. Education needs to be developed around brain development and the individual child’s needs. There are several states that ARE coming downward with developmental standards for the young child.(first grade down to kindergarten, down to preschool).They are implementing early learning STATE standards. It does encompass PLAY, learning with meaning, and professional development for their K-3 teachers. It has been hit and miss because neuro scientists and educators never thought this way before. Educational theory has always been at the high school level. Why do our children fail? Why do they drop out? What can we do? We blame the bad teachers….
Rhode Island, Iowa, New Jersey and Arizona are trying to implement a system that keeps/ or provides, developmentally appropriate education until 3rd grade. This supports the child’s brain development and set a foundation for the synapse to transmit information correctly.( as the child builds information).
Iowa has done testing to see if improvement has happened and follows the child’s development in education. It is a fundamental change in education- it is difficult to make government programs follow new educational developments, because it is policy that get in the way of learning. This educational pedagogy is not a trend,a money making idea, it is scientifically based- this pedagogy develops brain responses around education, setting up the new learner for success.

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Welcome to a creative world of Education for a young child!


Welcome to a fun and exciting place where I will post ideas,preschool arts, monkey math, party play, talk time and many other fun experiences for the young child.  Children learn best from interactive teaching and experiences.  In my blog,  I will post all kinds of ideas to teach young learners.  I have worked in the Design and art field for twenty years and now decided to give back to my community- I teach  3-5 year olds. I teach a visualization program using work sampling for documentation.  I integrate all types of lessons together building the foundations for the children in a developmentally appropriate method. Check as I begin to update my curriculum, build monthly calenders, and themes. I hope to have an interactive teacher site where new inexperienced teachers can get ideas of ask questions. Thank you for reading!

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