Parents appreciate the importance of early childhood education but wonder: What are the characteristics of a high-quality preschool? As a former early childhood educator and mother of two, I’ve seen which practices benefit young children, which ones don’t, and which ones are actually harmful to them (e.g. long Circle Times, teacher-directed craft projects, lengthy calendar activities, paper-pencil tasks in workbooks). One of my sons attended a non-profit parent-cooperative that strictly adhered to the teachings of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). My other son attended a privately owned preschool that came highly recommended but followed no road map other than the owner’s whim. Based on these divergent experiences, I learned how important it is that a preschool has a strong identity, a sound philosophy, and a firm understanding of developmentally appropriate practices. To help parents, educators and families access affordable learning opportunities over the summer, we have updated our list of resources and programs. Visit the Summer Learning page for information on how to find appropriate reading materials, practice math skills, participate in STEM projects, and find free nutritious meals. Please share the page with students in your district so that every child can have a healthy and educational summer!
However, if the person you are modeling yourself after is motivated by greed, you do not need to follow in their footsteps entirely. You can pick and choose which characteristics to emulate. You can emulate their ambition, but not their greed. You can incorporate their strategies without incorporating their ethics.
Race and ethnicity: when a particular racial or ethnic group predominates over the other, the lesser group tends to suffer more and may have a lower life expectancy because of limited opportunities. We always go to Italy, and because it’s too hot to go in the afternoons we sat and wrote diaries together. We have 6 of them in total. Here’s an example of one of his early ones.
One of the best known is the Stanford prisoners experiment , which studied the psychological effects of the power dynamic between prisoners and guards by having volunteers simulate a prison situation. Or that of Little Albert, a little boy who was taught to fear a little rat. Little Albert ended up being afraid of fluffy white animals for the rest of his life. The video below explains the research in six minutes. Fascinating and outrageous.
The most effective way moms and dads can help children develop a life-long enthusiasm for books is to read themselves. Their children should see them reading for pleasure (fiction books, magazines, the sports pages) and for knowledge (non-fiction books, newspapers, instruction manuals, materials for work). This gives youngsters the crucial message that reading is both important and enjoyable.
Another problem in recent years has been the increasingly strict child protection laws which have seriously impacted the way classrooms are structured. It helps to know and explain different types of marriages, family structure and life cycle of the family.