Posts Tagged ‘early childhood education’

Educational Website Lingo Likes: Earth Rangers

Earth is the only place we have to live, so the need to protect it should be evident. In order to do that, we must recognize our own everyday actions that contribute to the collective impact on the ecosystem.  That’s why the educational website Lingo likes this week is Earth Rangers.  Here’s more about them from their website: Picture every…

Teaching Strategies: How to Enhance a Child’s Thinking

Cindy (education consultant) asks: How can you interact with young children in a way that stretches their thinking? Dr. Marion Blank answers: Enhancing a child’s thinking is a goal that is high on parents’ agendas. For years, in an effort to achieve it, there has been a growing trend of asking children lots of questions. The rationale? “Questions make children…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Can creativity be taught?

Julia (Educator) Asks: Can creativity be taught? Dr. Marion Blank (Reading Kingdom Founder) answers: This is a huge topic that lacks a simple answer. However, one key idea is to recognize the importance of skill in creativity. Often we tend to think of creativity as something that a person is born with and which simply appears on its own. Rarely,…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Did you make a “rookie mistake” early in your career?

Mistakes are a normal and healthy part of the educational process – provided that we learn from them. Renee (Educator) Asks: What’s one rookie mistake you made early in your career? Reading Kingdom founder, Dr. Marion Blank answers: I’m not sure if this qualifies as a “mistake” but one event does stand out clearly in my mind. I was a…

Educational Websites Lingo Likes: What’s it like where you live?

Children are always eager to discover new environments and ecosystems.  Educational websites like “What’s it like where you live?” answer that question in a fun and informative way.  Here’s more about them from their website: The MBGnet project began in the mid-nineties as a collaboration between the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Evergreen Project. Together we created a series of…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Does Teacher Training Need Improvement?

Children today face many complex demands, and the pressure to meet state and national standards has left educators with little room to meet unique student needs. A teacher asks: If we know that teachers are not coming out of teacher preparation/ pre-service programs with the skills and understanding to deal with the complex issues that students face, then why aren’t…