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PreKTeachandPlay.com Podcast

How do you help all children thrive? Get in-depth discussions and insider tips with Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Each episode gives access to real-world strategies and tools for dealing with behaviors that are challenging, pressures to “ready” children for Kindergarten, and the goal to build kinder, more inclusive, and more creative classrooms, which address the whole child. The host, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, has 30 ears of experience in teaching and supporting early educators. You, too can become an ECE {R}evolutionary and reclaim children's right to learn through play, reimagine inclusive classrooms, and revolutionize early care and education.
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Dec 23, 2016

Do you share my love/hate relationship with circle time? I know the benefits of gathering all members of a community...but I also struggle with "group starts" and "group starts."

In this episode, we explore how circle time can be a choice, and where everyone wins!

Dec 12, 2016

Becoming self-aware of our habits...the good, bad, and ugly ones...helps us engage in more intentional teaching and decision-making.

So why are "bad" habits so hard to break and "good" ones so hard to create? What are some habits we need in delivering effective services to children and families and what are some we can let go of?

Oct 5, 2016

In this Pre-K Teach & Play podcast episode I share where this mantra originated and how planning, delivering, and revising instruction can be strengthened when we realized that every child is a triangle.

Sep 13, 2016

Special episode! An interview with Janice Fialka, a nationally-recognized lecturer, author, and advocate on issues related to disability, parent-professional partnerships, inclusion, and raising a child with a disability. Learn more Janice’s book What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community, and Love at http://www.danceofpartnership.com.

Sep 2, 2016

Today’s episode is especially for those who are moving into a new classroom, serving new children, and for those who have set a goal that this year...their classroom will be more peaceful and less chaotic.

Aug 19, 2016

What's your superpower? Not sure?

Here are five fabulous tips for unleashing the superpowers within you, within others, and throughout your community.

Jul 18, 2016

Does the following scenario sound familiar?

You're playing with a child who has been coming to preschool for the last two years, and when you ask, "How many are there?"...the child always says...2, 3, 5, 8!

Jul 10, 2016

No one wants to think about delivering PD to students, staff, or colleagues, who are rolling their eyes, shaking their heads, and sighing heavily....

No one wants to offer PD with the knowledge that it will have little to no impact...

BUT, what if it could be different?

Jun 27, 2016

Have you ever wondered...why you need a vacation from your vacation?

In today’s episode my goal is to help unlock a secret to how you can feel renewed, with or without and vacation...and no, it doesn’t mean you have to leave the kids at home.

Jun 20, 2016

We all wish it were easier right?

Helping children during the middle of a meltdown!

What we wouldn't give for a magic wand or on-demand wizard who could help prevent outbursts and help children control their impulses.


Well, it's not as easy as waiving a magic wand, but it's also not as hard as it might feel. In fact, our <strong>every day actions, questions, and comments</strong> can help children <strong>become more self-regulated</strong>, and to regain a more <strong>neutral emotional state</strong> after they've had a meltdown.

In today’s podcast I explore a simple, but effective way to intentionally teach a “soft skill” like self-regulation, using what we call, Power Packs™.

May 29, 2016

Serving groups of children with diverse abilities just got a bit more doable.

Reach for the Stars (RFTS), Planning for the Future has been revised and it is better than ever.

Authors, Diane and Jennifer have masterfully blended the ideas of person-centered planning, family-centered practices, and tiered instruction into a series of maps that serve as a guide to help families of young children plan and transition during critical periods.

May 12, 2016

I love visiting pre-K classrooms and watching amazing brain architects hard at work, but was fed up with all the clutter in classrooms, as well as toys and materials so broken and boring they hadn't been touched in years! So I created Pre-K Teach & Play Classroom Clean Sweep™, a process that helps early educators create learning environments that are more accessible, more engaging, and more fun!

May 5, 2016

In today's episode, I'm talking to you about solutions to what I see as an approach to assessment that really favors fear, punishment, standardized tests, and even making high stakes decisions that are based on bio scores, which often lack validity.

I’ve also created a quick printable for you, which illustrates all of the solutions I'll be talking about today.

As we identify these solutions, we are going to start at the systems level, and we're going to work our way to the building or agency level, and then to the classroom, where we often, to be honest, have the most power and control.

Apr 23, 2016

Today's episode is for those who are, or those who have not yet realize they are perfectionist. Today, we'll explore the consequences of our efforts to be perfect as it relates particularly to children's learning and development. Let's dive in and explore the hidden traps of being an early educator who's also a perfectionist.

Apr 17, 2016

Development and learning tend to follow typical or expected progressions. For example, our brains develop from the brain stem up, we develop from the inside of our bodies out, and we go from externally controlled, to internally controlled.

When children struggle to develop or learn, taking a look at where they fall across developmental progressions, may help us discover how best to support them.

In today's episode, we explore several developmental progressions, which can help guide our instructional efforts for children who are struggling. Also, be sure to download this episode's printable, which provides a visual of the 7 progressions.

Apr 1, 2016

Let me explain why a divorce between me and assessment appears to be inevitable.

In this podcast, I share the story of my dissertation- and how I went from infant massage to authentic assessment. This is “how we met” - and you’ll see why I fell head-over-heels for data. But assessment has a few ugly skeletons in his closet, and I just don’t think he has our kids’ best interests at heart.

What do you think? Are you breaking up with assessment, or will you walk on eggshells to keep the peace?

Listen to today’s recording, and discuss at PreKTeachAndPlay.com/1

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