Kelly Pollak

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Purposeful Play

What is Purposeful Play? What does purposeful play mean? Why do we use it? Is it necessary in early childhood education? Can I do this at home? What does my child learn from this kind of play? These are very good questions, and I will be answering them all. I promise. First let’s define what it means – we will use the definition from

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Early Childhood Beliefs and Values

My professional beliefs and values about early childhood education are at the forefront of everything I do inside my classroom. As a preschool teacher, I believe that children should learn how to be kind to others – inside and outside the classroom. I believe that children learn best by modeling and hands-on experiences, which are my specialty. Every day at work, I recognize that

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How to work with your co-teacher to create a positive classroom community At the beginning, sharing a classroom might not seem easy. Getting to know a new person takes time, and from day one, you and your co-teacher are on display in front of 20 kiddos who are all watching and learning from every interaction you have. How will you set the stage? Ms.

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Every Body is Different, and That’s Okay

Whether we like it or not, we’re “stuck” with our bodies forever, and so the least we can do is take care of ourselves the best we can.  Parents and caregivers owe it to their children to teach them about bodies and how to care for them, both inside and out.  Since so much brain development occurs within the first 5 years of life,

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Notes from a Seasoned Teacher

If I was given money every time I’ve heard, “Miss Pam is old!  She’s 26!”  I would be one rich girl.  If only that statement was true.  There are many more years added to that age, but if 26 is how old you think I am, then I’ll take it. In reality, this is a big year for me.  As much as I am

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