Feel Free to Elaborate: Using Praise More Effectively

By Kelly Carcione

What we say to our children matters. Inherently we know this yet we often spend more time telling our children what not to do than commenting constructively on their efforts and triumphs.

I’m sure you’ve heard the theory that we praise our children too often; rewards are given for every small achievement in the name of building self-esteem, that telling a child that he’s smart too often will lead to a life full of anxiety. So, to praise or not to praise? Continue reading Feel Free to Elaborate: Using Praise More Effectively

Reading from Dawn ‘til Dusk: Fresh Ideas to Support Literacy and Life-Long Learning

By Kelly Carcione

“There is one prekindergarten skill that matters above all others, because it is the prime predictor of success or failure: the child’s vocabulary upon entering school.”
-Jim Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook

Even though they are not reading on their own, before kindergarten is the time to instill a love for reading and learning in our children. How? By reading aloud to them often and for as long as they will listen. Continue reading Reading from Dawn ‘til Dusk: Fresh Ideas to Support Literacy and Life-Long Learning