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Math Made Fun

By Dr. Jenni Jacobs | August 15, 2018

Math is one of my favorite areas to plan for in the preschool classroom. Sometimes teachers get so focused on the counting sequence that they forget about the other types of math activities that are just as, or even more, important! Number sense is just one area of math development that should be an important […]

Building Relationships with Children Who Have Challenging Behaviors

By Dr. Jenni Jacobs | August 14, 2018

We always talk about how important it is to build relationships with children, but let’s be real. Some children are just really hard to build relationships with. I remember when I first went back to school to get my early childhood degree, one of my professors went around the room and asked why we went […]

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Building Positive Relationships

By Dr. Jenni Jacobs | August 13, 2018

Relationships are an essential component of an early childhood classroom. One of my favorite quotes is by Jack Shonkoff, editor of the book Neurons to Neighborhoods in which he says, “Without relationships, there is no development.” If you think back on your own experiences, I imagine that the times when you learned the most were […]


Welcoming Children with Respect

By Dr. Jenni Jacobs | August 10, 2018

Yesterday was one of those days where I just did not feel like being social. I was feeling a little stressed, and while I wasn’t in a bad mood or anything, I just didn’t want to socialize. This didn’t seem to sit well with some of the people I interact with on a daily basis. […]

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Creating Meaningful Literacy Experiences for Preschoolers

By Dr. Jenni Jacobs | August 9, 2018

Creating literacy-rich environments is certainly a buzz-phrase in preschool classrooms. It seems that everyone is always looking for new ideas to make their classrooms literacy rich. What seems to be missing from a lot of these conversations is meaning. It’s not enough to just have a lot of print in your environment. Research has shown […]

To Teach a Second Language or Not?

By Dr. Jenni Jacobs | August 8, 2018

One of the questions I get asked alot by teachers is whether they should be teaching a second language in their classroom or not. There is so much pressure from parents and administrators that it becomes hard to know what to do. There is no doubt. Children who learn a second language before puberty have […]