Building Creativity in Academics Subjects – By Prof.Ellen Booth Church

As early childhood educators and parents we know that hands-on experiences with creative activities and materials is what the children call the “good stuff” of learning. Young children learn science, math and literacy academic skills through art, music, movement and drama activities. The Arts ar

Developing Mindfulness and Awareness – By Prof. Ellen Booth Church

“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.”– Jon Kabat-Zinn  Earlier this month we talked about building a sense of responsibility and independence in children. In this blog we look at the growing level of mindfulness and awareness that happens in the Kinderpillar

Poetry Power- Prof. Ellen Booth Church

Your young child probably loves to play with sounds, words and rhymes. It is one of the best ways for him to learn the language and listening skills needed for reading and writing. Let’s Play with Poetry! Preschoolers and young students find words, sounds, and rhythms delicious. Nonsense rhymes, f

Interpreting Children’s Inner world Through their drawings- Part 2

Let’s continue our journey to a child’s inner world through his drawings. This section includes the following points in regard with drawing process: Common Myths Use of specific Colours House drawings Tree drawings Common Myths This is an important step towards the journey, to dispel some common

Taking Art and Math Outside

“When we teach a child to draw, we teach him how to see.When we teach a child to play a musical instrument, we teach her how to listen.When we teach a child to dance, we teach him how to move through life with grace.When we nurture imagination, we create a better world, one child at […]

STEAM “IT” Outside! Taking learning off the page and out the door

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”- Educator, Horace Mann  The great outdoors is your child’s “other” classroom. Studies are showing that young children need to interact with natural materials in the real world around them to develop higher or

“How to Teach Children to Love Learning.”- Part 3 (Classroom Settings)

Arranging Your “I LOVE LEARNING” Classroom The way you arrange your setting has a strong effect on children’s opportunities to fall in love with learning…and life. If you strictly control how children use space and spend time, you limit their chances to make decisions, and experiment with ma

“How to Teach Children to Love Learning.”- Part 2 (Role of a Teacher)

YOU (Teacher)Create the EnvironmentYou are the important ingredient in teaching a child to love learning. In fact, you are the cornerstone of the classroom environment. No matter if you are in a tiny basement classroom or a huge sunny space, it is your interactions with children that turn any place
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