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Episode 50: Rethinking the Entire Approach to Preschool (Diving into the NPR Article)

Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

Release Date: 03/14/2022

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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

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Episode 50: Rethinking the Entire Approach to Preschool (Diving into the NPR Article) show art Episode 50: Rethinking the Entire Approach to Preschool (Diving into the NPR Article)

Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

Early last month, NPR published an article with the title, “A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool”.  Maybe you saw it, or like me, maybe you had several people send it to you because they knew you’d find it fascinating. The article featured developmental psychologist and researcher Dr. Dale Farran and her reflections on the most recent round of startling outcomes from the Tennessee Voluntary PreK cohort, which she and her colleagues at Vanderbilt University have been studying for more than a decade. The article struck a nerve, particularly its...

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Episode 49: Leaders Lounge with Beth Cannon show art Episode 49: Leaders Lounge with Beth Cannon

Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

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Episode 48: Connecting Through Music (with Laurie Berkner) show art Episode 48: Connecting Through Music (with Laurie Berkner)

Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

If you’ve spent much time listening to children’s music, you’ve likely heard of Laurie Berkner.  And if you haven’t, you’ll be thanking me for the introduction later.  Laurie Berkner has a gift not only for creating engaging music that even adults actually like, but for truly seeing, hearing, and respecting children in the process.  For her, each performance is really about connection first.  If you’re looking for new music in your classroom, you’ll definitely find that here, but you’ll also learn some surprising insights about how we show up for and connect...

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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

Meghan Fitzgerald has combined her many professional and personal experiences with her passion for learning, play, and nature, to create Tinkergarten, a program that supports caregivers in providing children with powerful outdoor play experiences.  In this episode, she shares her insights on how and why playing in nature benefits every child’s development and supports healthier, happier growth. Show Notes at:  https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode46

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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

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Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

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Episode 43: Episode 43: "The Uncontrollable Child" (with Matis Miller)

Not Just Cute, the Podcast: Intentional Whole Child Development for Parents and Teachers of Young Children

Matis Miller is the author of the new book, The Uncontrollable Child.  He’s a licensed clinical social worker and therapist and the founder, director, and supervisor of The Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of New Jersey.  Certified in both cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, Matis brings a unique perspective on the balance point between extremes – something that is often missing in conversations about challenging childhood behaviors.  If you’ve been wanting to show up to behavior challenges with more confidence and clarity, you are in the right...

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Early last month, NPR published an article with the title, “A top researcher says it's time to rethink our entire approach to preschool”.  Maybe you saw it, or like me, maybe you had several people send it to you because they knew you’d find it fascinating.

The article featured developmental psychologist and researcher Dr. Dale Farran and her reflections on the most recent round of startling outcomes from the Tennessee Voluntary PreK cohort, which she and her colleagues at Vanderbilt University have been studying for more than a decade. The article struck a nerve, particularly its last line which said, “We might actually get better results, … from simply letting little children play.”

In this episode, I’ll be diving into some of the context around this article and the study it references.  We’ll talk about what we can learn from these results and why these lessons apply far beyond the scope of the popular article.

Show Notes: https://notjustcute.com/podcast/episode50