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On Not Fretting

Kelly Petrin's meditation phrase for the day – Do not fret, it only leads to evil – guides her through a home visit with a parent who worries about her daughter's literacy skills. This is a terrific short read for thinking through how to make encounters with parents less stressful.

I Have Two Pictures of Cindy. . .

Melissa Kolb writes about the importance of time and patience in meeting our goals with young learners — in this instance, a child who struggles to speak in her preschool classroom.

A Perfect Storm

If you work with young children, you know these girls. Olivia is a pink princess, given to tears and fanciful tales of slights from classmates. Maggie is a tomboy who struts around in zombie t-shirts and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. The two meet like gladiators in the preschool playhouse late in the school year.

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Preschool Book Browsing Time

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This five-minute video from Melissa Kolb's preschool classroom shows the value of morning message for teaching literacy skills. Melissa explains the skills children develop during this brief whole-class lesson and sharing time.

From Playing to Drawing to Writing in Preschool

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