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  • 10 Books That Model SEL Problem-Solving

    These picture books show how sharing through show-and-tell can foster social and emotional learning in young learners.
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  • Teaching Young Learners Self-Calming Skills

    To help early elementary students manage big emotions, try breathing exercises and sharing how you deal with overpowering feelings.
  • Tips to Help Students With Their Handwriting

    These simple tricks to improve motor skills can empower young learners to feel more in control of their handwriting.
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    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
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  • Using Board Games to Teach Math to Young Children

    Playing board and card games can improve number sense among children as young as 3—and it’s fun!
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  • Profile of little girl writing at home.

    Teach Kids When They’re Ready

    A new book for parents on developing their kids’ sense of autonomy has some useful insights for teachers as well.
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  • Simple Supports to Decrease Fight-or-Flight Behavior

    When young students are feeling overwhelmed, these strategies can help them find their calm again.
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  • Practicing writing the letter R with a pencil on a worksheet

    How to Teach Handwriting—and Why It Matters

    Teaching young students how to write by hand before moving on to keyboarding can help improve their reading fluency as well.
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  • A dog lying patiently on the floor in a classroom between rows of chairs

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.
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  • An illustration of a little boy riding a paper airplane to the moon

    What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

    The author of "The Importance of Being Little" on the costs of our collective failure to see the world through the eyes of children.
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    Time to Play: More State Laws Require Recess

    Unstructured playtime is making a comeback in schools as frustrated teachers, parents, and advocacy groups demand legislative action.
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  • Self-Guided Learning in Outdoor Play Areas

    Pre-K teachers can create outdoor play areas that serve as an extension of the classroom and foster social and emotional learning.
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  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
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  • Self-Regulation Strategies for Transitions

    To help young students learn to manage transitions between activities, consider these simple whole class exercises.
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  • For Young Kids, The Power of Play-Based Learning

    New research shows play-based learning can be more effective than direct instruction at improving outcomes for early learners—particularly in the development of mathematical and spatial skills.
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