Parent Corner

Here you’ll find links to preschool-related and parenting articles on the web, including links to articles about the positive impact play has on intellectual development, a subject I feel is incredibly important. Over the last 20 years or so, what was once a 1st grade curriculum has become a kindergarten curriculum, and what was once a kindergarten curriculum is now a prekindergarten curriculum. Along the way, free play has been cut from the curriculum almost to the point of extinction in many schools. Not so at Hogarth, where we recognize the importance of balancing developmentally appropriate direct instruction with free play experiences. Check back from time to time, as I will add links as I find interesting articles.

Let’s start with a TED talk on play. “A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.”

POTTY TRAINING TIPS: Each spring I always hear from parents of young students in my upcoming fall classes who are struggling with potty training. One suggestion I have for parents in the process of potty training is to be careful about associating using the toilet with going to school. If you do talk about school and potty training, always keep it positive. Visit the blog page and look at the pictures of the children. Talk about how “big” your little one is getting (just like the kids in the pictures), and how much fun s/he’s going to have in school. For many children, it works like a charm and is just the incentive they need to make the leap from diapers to potty. For some children, it adds to the stress and can even create a negative view of school for the child. You’ll know pretty quickly if it’s going to be a help. I’m including several links to articles on the subject. Maybe the tip you need is waiting to be discovered on one of these sites!