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Preschooler Can Learn From Studying the Fine Arts

December 4, 2016 Lisa Raphael: BlogHer

By lisaraphael on May 26, 2016 Did you know that art education – even at the preschool level – is just as important to development as reading and math? In fact, art is a major building block in child development and learning to create and appreciate visual beauty may be even more important to the […]

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Young Children & Diversity – Celebrating Differences to Make a Difference

November 2, 2016 Lisa Raphael: BlogHer

Read the article on Blogher In an ever-changing world it is increasingly important to teach our children to embrace differences.  Learning tolerance and understanding cultural diversity begins at home. Parents and caregivers are a child’s first teachers, and young kids learn so much about the world even before they ever enter an early childhood classroom.  […]

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The Positive Power of Superhero Play

April 28, 2016 Lisa Raphael: BlogHer

Rethinking Superhero Play for Preschoolers

You’re in the kitchen and out of nowhere your three-year old daughter and four-year old son come flying into the room adorning their capes screaming that they are after the bad guys. As they run out to continue their search, you feel that pit in your stomach. While you’re happy they are getting along and playing together, you can’t help but worry that this superhero play could turn into aggressive behavior in other situations. If this sounds all too familiar, you’re not alone.

But what if superhero play could actually be a good thing? What if this play, which we all know is inevitable, couldprovide a valuable opportunity for young children to learn about helping others? As it turns out, this really can bethe case!

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Reading, Writing and Kindergarten Redshirting: A Little Perspective on a Big Issue

March 21, 2016 Lisa Raphael: BlogHer

Until recently, the term “redshirting” referred to postponing a college athlete’s participation in regular season games for the period of one year.  Theoretically, the additional time would allow him/her an extra year of growth, as well as practice with the team in hopes of improving the player’s skills for the following year. Now redshirting has […]

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Surviving the Tattle Battle: A Quick Guide For Parents

March 21, 2016 Lisa Raphael: BlogHer

WRITTEN BY LISA RAPHAEL ON FEBRUARU 04, 2016 VIA BLOGHER Whether in the classroom or at home, tattling can drive adults crazy! We all want children to have the ability to solve problems on their own. However, what we often forget is the complexity of the social/emotional skills involved in problem solving. Young children with only a […]

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