Posts Categorized: Education

Lunar New Year Celebration Recap

Show & Tell

What a week we had celebrating the Lunar New Year over the February break! Each day children tasted dumplings, cookies, and green tea, created a Lunar New Year themed craft, practiced writing Chinese characters, and had their name written in Chinese. Throughout the week children created dragon puppets, clay pottery, and Beijing Opera Masks in our workshop room. On the… Read more »

The Educational Value of Field Trips

Taking students to cultural institutions can have a lasting impact. The field trip is a longstanding tradition in American public education. Students pile into yellow buses to visit a variety of cultural institutions including art, natural history, children’s and science museums as well as, theaters, zoos and historical sites. Today, culturally enriching field trips are on the decline. The decision… Read more »

The Summer Slide

Is the summer achievement gap avoidable? To achieve in life and school, children and adults need ongoing opportunities to enrich their skills. This is especially true during the summer months. Many Americans have visions of summer as a carefree time when “kids can be kids.” Adult caretakers take for granted the prospect of enriching experiences such as summer camps, time… Read more »

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose

A Report from the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years. In the United States, there is a widespread belief that teaching children to read early—in Kindergarten or even PreKindergarten—will help them be better readers in the long-run. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that this is so. How then did this idea take hold so strongly? Read the… Read more »