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Morning Transitions

Hello dear Peacock Parents: In today’s newsletter, I would like to revisit a very important topic we see here every day at Peacock. This one today focuses on our beloved toddlers. Coming to school in the morning is an important event for toddlers. The way children feel about their transition into school in the morning influences their experiences throughout the day. Feeling safe and secure
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Key Concepts for Learning

As we gently launch into this new year, I thought it might be interesting to write about some key learning concepts that occur in the first six years of a child’s life, learning that sets the stage for success in school and success and an important sense of well-being throughout our lives as humans. We all play such a vital role in wiring a child’s
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Fall Parent Education Classes Start!

Peacock Family Center is happy to host a new series of Parent Education Workshops at our center on Wednesday evenings starting next week.  Facilitated by Shaeleen Stablefelt of Building Blocks, NW, topics will include: Why do kids do that?  Understanding the functions of behavior How to stop my child from grumbling? No more complaining, whining or being negative How can I help my child
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Getting a Child to Cooperate with Requests

In today’s newsletter, I would like to write about a topic that many teachers and parents are faced with every day when dealing with young children. This topic I will call helping a child learn how to cooperate with requests. These requests, that are usually made by adults,  and therefore have adult expectations, often have to do with the performance of simple chores such
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Teaching Empathy

Some of you have asked where I get the topics I discuss in the newsletters. From all different places, is usually my response… (nice and vague). Today’s topic comes from a discussion I had the other day with a teacher when we were observing some of the children in her classroom. The topic of empathy was salient in our conversation. How do children develop
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Imagination and Learning

In today’s newsletter I would like to reprint for you a very insightful poem called “The Hundred Languages of Children.” It comes from the Reggio Emilia philosophy, an inspiring approach to Early Childhood Education that comes from Italy. At the core of this Reggio Emilia philosophy is a belief that children are full of curiosity and creativity, ready to explore the world with a sense
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Summer Solstice Traditions

As the days get longer and longer, I thought it would be interesting in today’s newsletter to talk about the Summer Solstice, and different cultural traditions around this moment in the year that marks the beginning of summer. This year the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere began yesterday night, June 20th at 10:04 pm.  As the Earth
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How Children Learn – Belonging, Being, Becoming

In today’s blog, I would like to follow up last week’s poem, “The 100 Languages of Children” with a further discussion of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project as well as the Early Years Learning Framework, two educational philosophies to which Peacock Family Center ascribes.  As I said last week, Lois Malaguzzi was the founder and facilitator of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. His work was highly influenced by well-known
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Let’s Try That Again: Achieving Mastery

In today’s newsletter, I would like to talk briefly about a topic I call “Let’s Try That Again.” Learning is about mastery. Mastery takes time, patience, practice. The French word for rehearsal is repetition. And indeed, when one is learning something, one must repeat and repeat and repeat. If ever you have played an instrument, or played at a sport, or created a pot
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Taming the Lion: How to Handle Frustration

As spring moves closer and closer to us, I would like to bring up a curriculum topic that sometimes arises more frequently for some reason in the spring, when the weather starts to warm and the layers start to peel off.  That subject is dealing with frustration with young children, helping them to recognize when they are frustrated and facilitating effective and appropriate ways to
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