Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain't Misbehavin'

That old song title typically also applies to most children under the age of five, as they try to figure out what the adults in their world expect of them.  It can be a confusing world for young children – AND for their parents and the adults who work with them.  We WANT to teach them behavior that our society think is acceptable – but what is the most effective way to do it?

The debate about “spare the rod, spoil the child” is pretty much in the rearview mirror.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that spanking is one of the least effective ways to teach children the social rules...

Good Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Good Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

How do you choose good books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers? Here is the first rule – choose books that you love! You will read these same books over and over and over, and enjoying them is the first gift you want to give to the little one you are reading with. The first books you choose will be with you until your infant becomes a toddler, becomes a preschooler, and goes off to kindergarten. While there are special guides for differing ages of very young children, you will find that the same book you chose for a 6 week old will still be requested when they are four or five.

So, let’s talk about books . . . .

Bobbie's Blog

Bobbie's Blog

“Simply in words heard, the average child on welfare was having half as much experience per hour (616 words per hour) as the average working-class child (1,251 words per hour) and less than one-third that of the average child in a professional family (2,153 words per hour)” (Hart & Risley 2003, 8). This is important because vocabulary development during the preschool years is related to later reading skills and school success in general.”  There is a brief overview of this research that can be found on youtube. Words on Wheels is rolling!  The long and complicated process to start a non-profit organization whose focus is on the youngest of our at-risk citizens is finally coming to fruition.  The founder, Beth Ragsdale began with a concept, then carefully built a Board of Directors who were invested in “doing it right”.