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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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Nov 9, 2017

Have you ever wondered "what comes before being able play with friends at recess" or what skills children need to pass the "3rd grade reading guarantee"? In this episode, I explore how we can better understand how children...get from here to there...in terms of early development and learning.

This episode is for you if you've ever wondered...

  1. Is this something all children should be learning right now?
  2. What comes before or earlier in development?
  3. How do we scaffold and support a child who is struggling to make progress?

Lastly, this episode is also for you if you are interested in learning how to use an authentic curriculum-based assessment, the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming, System (AEPS), to help you tackle these complex questions.

Episode includes a free download, which is an an infographic depicting the three types of sequences: developmental, pedagogical, and logical. You can request the free download at https://prekteachandplay.com/podcast26

Oct 17, 2017

In this episode, I continue the discussion into why circle time, and most other large group activities, just doesn't serve us in the way we would hope.

Spoiler alert! It has to do with children's interest...

And as always, after we admire the problem for a bit, I offer a number of suggestions on how to make activities and experiences, like circle time, optimal for learning, including:

  1. Offering activities as a child's choice
  2. Establishing and creating curiosity to you (C2U™)
  3. Engaging in attuned communication and interactions
  4. Differentiating what is being taught and basing the what on children's interests
Aug 10, 2017

In this episode, Laura Fish and I continue the conversation about teaching with the brain in mind by going deeper into mindfulness…a word we hear tossed around with a great deal of regularity these days.

It is our hope that through this conversation, early educators will see the complexity and the simplicity of mindfulness concepts and practices.

Meaning…we hope to help show how mindfulness in EC isn’t a fad, or something we “just add to part of our routine”….and how mindfulness is more than a spiritual concept …it is in truth…a set of practices, which closely align to many quality care and educational practices that have a rich tradition in our field.

We also dig into how mindfulness is a key part of building children’s brains and how we can create and embed opportunities throughout our daily routine. This is an episode you aren’t going to want to miss.

Jul 22, 2017

Why do we see calendar time as a key part of many preschool routines? My colleague Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown argues, it's a habit. A habit that we should break. In this episode fellow #ECE {r}evolutionaries Jen Davis, Jolene Chavez, and Alicia Frost explore the "timely" topic of calendar time.

Jun 27, 2017

We all face resistance...and at times...demonstrate resistance. But when trying to get to a change in practice, what do we do when resistance is not in the best interest of those we serve? In this episode three tips are shared for how to use your superpowers in the face of resistance.

May 28, 2017

Guest Laura Fish joins Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak to talk about how to support teachers in their efforts to promote learning through the lens of interpersonal neurobiology. Strategies for keeping the brain in mind, particularly during large group pre-k activities, are discussed. A free download is available to aid teachers in self-reflection and to incorporate evidence-based practices during circle time.

May 16, 2017

In this episode, I clarify the difference between when a child needs something and when they want something. Clarifying the difference between a need and a want leads to stronger relationships with children and fosters growth and learning.

Mar 28, 2017

In this episode, several key themes regarding what to do when children struggle or when development and learning have stalled related to counting are discussed. Issues of children’s expose to stressors and the impact stressors have on their ability to count are also shared.

Feb 17, 2017

Author, researcher, and inclusion expert, Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown, shares what is meant by blended practices. During the interview, Dr. Grisham-Brown also shares critical messages covered in her latest book, "Blended Practices for Teaching Children in Inclusive Settings, 2nd Edition", real-life success stories, and few tips you can put into practice immediately.

Jan 25, 2017

Pre-K Teach and Play podcast episode about how an "open" snack policy transformed relationships and routines in an inclusive classroom. Tips and teaching considerations are shared. Learn more at http://prekteachandplay.com.

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