How Preschool Teachers Do It

How Preschool Teachers Do It

Do you wonder how experts in working with early learners address children's behavior and motivate them to be their best selves? If you are a family member, teacher or anyone who impacts the lives of young children, join Alison Kentos (Early Childhood Teacher) & Cindy Terebush (Early Childhood Consultant & Author) every Monday to find out how a preschool teacher and early childhood consultant do what they do every day! Cindy Terebush, author of "Teach the Whole Preschooler: Strategies for Nurturing Developing Minds" is a sought after presenter and consultant. She has spent more than 20 years working with young children and families.Cindy is the author of the popular blog “Helping Kids Achieve with Cindy Terebush." Cindy is a frequent contributor of articles for educational and parenting publications and websites. She was an online reporter for "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink." Cindy has been a guest panelist on "Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato" and has been interviewed for "Caucus Up Close." Alison Kentos has over 20 years of experience being a teacher, leader and advocate in the early childhood field. She is currently an early childhood teacher for Mendham Township Elementary School in Mendham, New Jersey. She has taught in a variety of settings for children ranging from infancy to school age. Alison is a board member of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children and is an advocate for early childhood education. She has lobbied in Washington DC for high quality preschool education.... Show More

Episodes

March 1, 2021 28 min
There is a big difference between adapting a curriculum and modifying it. Which one is the way to go when taking what teachers are given and applying it to the children in the room? Cindy and Alison discuss what teachers should think about and what families should know.
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Sometimes we purposely, and other times we subconsciously, prompt children so they answer questions correctly. Does that really help them to learn? Are we meeting our goals for the children or for us? Join Cindy and Alison for a discussion about prompting and how to handle answers when they are and are not what we were looking for.
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February 15, 2021 21 min
Is dynamic learning silent? Have generational messages about children being silent seeped into our classrooms? Join Cindy and Alison for a discussion about silence as they wonder if it is really golden.
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How would the environment change and the children think of themselves if we described them by their strengths instead of their struggles? Alison and Cindy discuss reframing our world through how we describe children.
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Without meaning to, are we adding to the children's stress by encouraging perfectionism? Are we setting up an expectation that is impossible to achieve? Listen to Cindy & Alison discuss what can cause this stress-inducing mindset in children that will impact them always.
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January 25, 2021 22 min
They aren't bossy. They are leaders! Cindy and Alison discuss the importance of fostering the leadership qualities you observe in young children. Listen, learn and laugh with us!
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January 18, 2021 20 min
Children hear the news from the TV in the background, from the adults who think they aren't listening and more. Watch for signs that they are trying to understand. Join Alison and Cindy as they discuss how to help them sort the information.
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January 11, 2021 23 min
Children aren't born knowing the steps of good decision making. Alison and Cindy discuss the questions to ask children that can become their internal dialogue. Decision making - go forth and teach it!
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For years, educators have struggled with the pushdown of the curriculum. Now, the pandemic is forcing the curriculum back up. Is that good news? Is this a reset and not a loss? Cindy and Alison discuss these questions and more. Let us know what you think!
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Introverts sometimes need time alone. That doesn't mean we are unhappy! Should we be spending time trying to move introverts from their comfort zone?
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There are so many things that we ask children to do but don't do ourselves. Cindy and Alison discuss some of those behaviors and pose the question, "If we can't do them, why do we expect children to?" Listen, laugh, and share your list with us!
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Cindy and Alison revisit the age-old, "Do we ignore the crying child?" debate on this lost episode. Let us know your thoughts!
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It's that time of year again when we buy exciting toys and they only want the boxes. What is it about kids and real things? Listen to find out!
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November 30, 2020 18 min
Do you know adults who need others to agree or who defend their perspective by saying everyone feels that way? Listen to this episode about teaching children to stand for themselves.
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Now is your moment! Cindy and Alison discuss the opportunity we have to model making the best of it as we face holidays, closings, and more once again. The children will learn from what you do so listen and reflect on how you will handle the coming weeks.
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Remote learning - Just because we can, does that mean we should? Cindy and Alison discuss the potential demise of school breaks and snow days. Listen and let us know what you think!
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November 9, 2020 20 min
Young children are always experimenting with power. Do you get caught up in their power struggle? Do you find yourself trying harder to control them when you feel life is out of control? Cindy and Alison discuss the early childhood/adult power struggle.
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Cindy and Alison celebrate 100 episodes by answer listener questions about observing children, advancing careers, and the educational theories and research that their advice is based on. Listen closely for a teaser about learning more about the root of Cindy and Alison's information. Don't miss it!
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Teachers are depending on families of remote and hybrid students to report their children's skills. Is there a good way to get data from families? What do families need to know about learning? Join Alison and Cindy for the discussion.
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"Teachable Moments" is one of those phrases that is used all the time but not always understood. Cindy and Alison talk about teachable moments, what they are and how to find them.
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