The Right Classroom Environment

March 20th, 2015

This is the best quote that I have read that describes the work that we do at Livingston Street! “As a preschool teacher, I am satisfied if the children are engaged in self-selected activity. When that is true, I know that the children are learning. My job is to get the environment ready, then stay […]

Learning Throughout the Day

December 9th, 2014

At the Texture Table We Learn: Fine Motor Skills Sensorimotor Skills Self-Regulation     Adaptive Social Behavior Representational Thought Scientific Thinking     Number and Sense Operations Causation Critical Thinking Expressive Vocabulary Listening Skills             While We Paint and Draw, We Learn: Writing Conventions Print Concepts Conventions of Social Communication […]

On Being Bored

August 11th, 2014

For the August 2014 issue of the Chronogram, I was interviewed by Hillary Harvey about an article she was writing on boredom. She asked many great questions, but could only use some of the answers. Below is a complete list of the questions and answers. And for the article, go to www.chronogram.com/hudsonvalley/embracing-boredom/Content?oid=2263443. What’s the best way […]

Yes!!

July 17th, 2014

I come across a lot of wonderful articles, blogs, or papers that I want to share with everyone I meet. Here is one that I read recently that I just have to share! The best quote (I think)… “The ability to apply yourself to a task, screen out distractions and believe in the possibility of […]

Joining In the Fun: A Volunteer’s Perspective

May 27th, 2014

Dr. Tom Mawhinney is on the Board of Directors for Livingston Street and volunteers in the classroom every other Tuesday morning. He offers his perspective on classroom life in this funny essay about his early experiences volunteering at Livingston Street. I’m Four Years Old by Dr. Tom Mawhinney My experience with preschool students was relegated […]

Playgrounds, Au Naturale

April 11th, 2014

Playgrounds, Au Naturale  My elementary school playground was typical for a suburban, 1980’s playground. It had swings, a slide, teeter-totters, monkey bars and a large ball field with a few trees scattered along the edges. The swings gave me a feeling of flying as I swung sharply downward. Sitting on top of the monkey bars, […]