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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 16, 2018

In this episode you'll learn about my six reasons that pacing guides, and other means to standardized curriculum, won't help young children thrive in school or in life.

 

This episode is for you if…

  1.  You’ve ever asked, “Why do we use pacing guides in Pre-K?
  2.  You’ve helped create a pacing guide and were left feeling less than satisfied.
  3.  You want to ensure all children in your program have the same opportunities but don't want undermine your teachers or standardize the process of early learning.

This episode's freebie is a handout that contains links to several Big Ideas for Early Learning resources. Go to https://prekteachandplay.com/podcast31 to request.

Nov 8, 2018

In this episode, I take on the topic of quality curriculum for inclusive Pre-K programs. And for those who think it comes in a "box" or is delivered to your door...it's not!

This episode is for you if...

  1.  you've ever asked, "What is the best curriculum to be using with young children?
  2.  you're currently in search of a curriculum, particularly for use in a blended pre-K program
  3.  you've been wondering, beyond licensing stars and steps, "Is this program of high quality?
  4. you're a policy maker or a leader aiming to align early-childhood-recommended practices with other educational initiatives and requirements

An eight step process for selecting and implementing a quality curriculum is shared (free download at https://prekteachandplay.com/podcast30). 

Listeners can also access the transcript and request our free Quality Curriculum Framework Rating Rubric at https://prekteachandplay.com/podcast30.

Jun 5, 2018

This Pre-K Teach & Play episode is for you if you are interested in learning more about the importance of self-regulation, about common myths or misperceptions about self-regulation, and why our job is critical in ensuring children’s success in school and of course in life.

Your take away is that the brain areas associated with self-regulation are malleable, and self-regulation can be practiced and strengthened!

As a bonus to this episode, you’ll learn more about how important it is to address development and learning from a whole child perspective, how to use Dr. Megan McClelland and Dr. Shauna Tominey's book, Stop, Think, Act to create embedded learning opportunities with evidenced-based interventions, and about a self-paced course they offer through Oregon State University called Red Light, Purple Light: A Self-Regulation Intervention Program.

Apr 1, 2018

We all know that learning centers, and center time for that matter, play a key role in the delivery of early experiences for children. So what's the downside and how can they be improved to support wholeness and integrated brains?

This episode is for you if:

  1. You'd like to take a more intentional look at how to best design learning centers
  2. You want to ensure a "YES Brain" approach to early learning
  3. You're supporting other educators and want to know "What makes a good learning center?"

Episode includes a free download with seven strategies to ensure learning centers are engaging, designed in ways that build upon children's interest and different abilities, and incorporate a "healthy mind platter".

Feb 4, 2018

In this podcast episode, Laura Fish and I share how early educators can broaden their perspective around the "causes" for challenging behavior. You will learn how to discover the “why" behind a child's behavior.

This episode is for you if you are interested in:

  1. Helping children remain the Green Zone (how to respond instead of react)
  2. Strengthening your understanding of what may contribute to challenging behaviors
  3. Understanding the concept of prevention and promotion vs. intervention
  4. Aligning teaching practices with children's basic needs and drives
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