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Supporting how children learn best

from Earlychildhood News

During circle time Luis rhythmically taps his fingers on his knees while Miss Pingry reads the story, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Marcy says, “Shhh. I can’t hear!” Meanwhile, Darla enthusiastically hugs her best friend. In this brief scene, behaviors typical of most four-year-olds are observed. How this scene plays out, however, depends upon the teacher. She could be annoyed that Darla and Luis cannot keep to themselves and sit quietly. She might reason, if they would do that, then Marcy would not have to make that irritating "shhh" sound. Or, Miss Pingry might understand that children learn in different ways and they have their own preferences for the way they do things. more

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