Open Discussion Forum

Expand all | Collapse all

What do children & families need most in our "practically post pandemic" world?

  • 1.  What do children & families need most in our "practically post pandemic" world?

    Posted 15 days ago

    Hello everyone,
    After an interesting thread on whether singing" instructions rather than j" speaking/talking" was useful, & best practices for to singing instructions rather than speaking them, I find myself thinking about what the current state of [hopefully] "post-pandemic" early childhood curricula & classroom practice.  What do our families & children need? How do we allocate our class time & budgets to suit our current needs? What's our purpose- teaching? Caring? Encouraging growth or correcting habits? Fostering relationships & interactions or zeroing in on areas of content & trying to teach to the gaps?
    There is valid reasons to approach early childhood education from many different angles, especially as we strive to meet different needs of families & children in such a wide array of environments.
     For me, the basic building block of development is INTERACTION, RELATIONSHIPS & EXPERIENCE. Although children & families have a wide range of needs & backgrounds, when early childhood educators focus on enriching environments, guided play & emergent curriculum, children naturally thrive. 

    My greatest wish would be for early childhood educators to be trained in in these areas& to spend more time in guided play, & less time in instruction.
    So what's your take? Can child centered preschool & open play time provide the basic competencies to bring success in kindergarten? Or is it just more chaos & confusion in the classroom that leaves preschoolers entering kindergarten without the basic skills to learn on par with their peers?



    ------------------------------
    Margro Purple
    Rockville MD
    ------------------------------


  • 2.  RE: What do children & families need most in our "practically post pandemic" world?

    Posted 15 days ago
    Wonderful conversation. A sense of belonging in a caring community of learners and researchers. My families and I begin relating wih one another. The value of receptive, active listening opens doors to the stories that bring to light who we are and our collective ability to care and learn from one another. Being outside is a magical place to be present with each other. Gratefully Carson, Tucson ,AZ

    ------------------------------
    Caroline Carson
    Wright Preschool Program
    Vail AZ
    ------------------------------



  • 3.  RE: What do children & families need most in our "practically post pandemic" world?

    Posted 14 days ago
    I absolutely believe that child-centered preschool & open playtime prepares children for kindergarten.  The key is to have teachers who are motivated and trained to teach this way.   I have been in this field for a long time (for the love of children, definitely not the money).  I have worked with amazing teachers who are trained and experienced at teaching through hands-on center playtime.  I also know that some just do not know how to teach in this type of setting and/or do not understand the benefits. 

    ------------------------------
    Candice Tripi Scott
    Teacher
    NATIVITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL
    Plant City FL
    ------------------------------