Learning with Your Hands

Go back a little to leap further. -John Clarke
In the introduction to Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children, author Beth Davis observes that “…children exposed to hands-on science instruction gain greater subject-matter understanding than students exposed to only book learning or traditional worksheets. When I doubled the amount of hands-on instruction give to the lowest performing student population in […]

Preschool Learning Crucial

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Machines are automating a whole bunch of these things, so learning the softer skills, knowing the human touch and how to complement technology, is critical, and our education system is not set up for that,” said Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute in the New York Times article, “Why What You Learned in […]

Seven Elements of Resilience

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. -Thomas Jefferson
In her article in the July 2014 issue of Exchange, “Making Happy Happen: Building Resilience in Children,” Rachel Robertson points out that “one of the best ways to nurture happiness is to prepare children for the adversity they are guaranteed to encounter in life: in other words, develop their resilience.” In the article, Robertson shares […]

Playfulness is a Key

Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow. - Doug Firebaugh
“Playfulness is the motivation to freely and joyfully engage with, connect with, and explore the surrounding world,” observes Anthony Toombs from the Life is Good Playmakers in the Exchange video training program, Preventing Obesity and Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood Settings. As you can see in this segment from Lesson 4, playfulness not only helps […]