"Requiem for Recess… what a title!
When the author spoke of U. of Penn. President Amy Gutman’s findings…which observed a “straight line from physically restrictive environments in early education to the post secondary…"
"Kindergarten… The new first grade is certainly a reality. The acceleration of the curriculum began slowly and now seems to be on fast forward. I sometimes ask myself what the previous (now retired) Kindergarten teachers in our district would…"
"I think a huge part of the problem is pretty apparent, when on the second page of the chapter when Horn went to the PRESCHOOL to observe the boy in question and... "THE TWENTY-FOUR OR SO CHILDREN" !!!!
Are you kidding me? Twenty-four kids…"
"Helping to teach children how to handle disappointments and leaning to reframe them into a learning experience and possibly something positive was a very powerful piece of advice for parents. I know how much it hurts us as parents when something…"
"I see it year after year, the emotionally well-adjusted child who seems to glide effortlessly through the school year. They makes friends easily, work well in a group and are open to learning new things even if the concepts are difficult. They…"
"Kim's discussion about her children and outside play is so true. I was(am) a protective parent also and did not let my children play around the neighborhood alone and felt badly about it many times. Growing up as I did, with much freedom to…"
"I agree with Tracy about girls having the advantage because they are able to stay seated longer, are not as restless and have less kinetic energy. As we push the curriculum down ( a reality) this requires that students stay on task longer and…"
"I am very curious about this "new" discrepancy between boys and girls in the educational playing field. Gender equity in education, the job market, personal relationships and roles within households has been a global,national issue and…"
"I love the discussion about IQ and natural intelligence... when they ask " how can we help our children to attain their fullest intellectual potential- not on the IQ test but more broadly,in life?" They go on to explain that the section…"
"The section in this chapter about phonological awareness was very thought provoking! Dr. Isabelle Liberman conducted phonological awareness experiments with 4, 5 & 6 year olds. She found that none of the 4 year olds were able to tap out the…"
"I found this chapter extremely interesting. I too am a huge fan of Math Their Way, having used it for several years when I taught first grade. I always felt that my first graders truly understood the math concepts we were teaching when we used that…"
"I thought this chapter was very valuable also. I know a number of parents who have "signed" with their children and thought it interesting to read that researchers have found that children who learn baby signs become more advanced…"
"Not having taught in the primary grades, I found the chapter very enlightening and really enjoyed the Discovering the Hidden Skills sections. I found myself going into classrooms and experimenting with the Counting Principles with different children…"
"I love math and I really enjoyed this chapter. Like Jane, I taught Math Their Way in 1st grade and continue to use many practices from the program for the pre-k. I also would love to check out Big Math for Little People. I felt this chapter was…"
"After reading chapter three I found myself repeating, “Our children are doing mathematics all the time!” I thought about the things my students do on a daily basis. Math is everywhere and in everything we do; from the start of our day…"
"I agree that learning math through manipulatives and play is an excellent way to introduce various math concepts to students. I have a discovery center in my room where I place 6 different math manipulatives at a time. The manipulatives that I…"