Front Porch Series: Archive 2013

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2013 Broadcasts

10/28/2013 – Improving Head Start Children's Understanding of Numbers
Dr. Robert S. Siegler

In this presentation, Dr. Siegler presented the results of his research with Head Start children using a board game that can improve their math knowledge and skills through a brief and enjoyable interaction.

Q&A for Improving Head Start Children's Understanding of Numbers [PDF, 447KB]

Resources for Improving Head Start Children's Understanding of Numbers [PDF, 442KB]

9/23/2013 – Facilitating Children's Friendships: The Adult's Role in Supporting Peer Relationships
Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky and Lori Meyer

In this presentation Dr. Michaelene Ostrosky and Lori Meyer shared evidence-based strategies for supporting young children's friendship development. Establishing friendships is an important developmental goal of early childhood. Friendships established during the preschool years create valuable contexts to learn and practice skills essential to children's development across domains.

Q&A for Facilitating Children's Friendships [PDF, 545KB]

Resources for Facilitating Children's Friendships [PDF, 144KB]

5/20/2013 – Building Executive Function Skills in Children and Adults
Dr. Juliet Morrison

Research about early childhood adverse experiences and early brain development have highlighted the importance of promoting key executive functioning skills—such as memory and attention—to improve children's outcomes. In this presentation, Dr. Morrison described definitions and development of executive function, as well as how adults can support children within early learning environments.

Q&A for Building Executive Function Skills in Children and Adults [PDF, 365KB]

3/25/2013 – Supporting Young Writers in Preschool: A Framework for Understanding Early Writing Development
Dr. Sonia Cabell, University of Virginia

Dr. Sonia Cabell described a framework for teachers to evaluate and understand the writing that young children produce. In addition, she shared research-based guidance on how to individualize instruction in preschool to capitalize on each child's strengths.

Q&A for Supporting Young Writers in Preschool: A Framework for Understanding Early Writing Development [PDF, 273KB]

2/25/2013 – The Importance of Peer Interaction and Social Pretend Play
Dr. Carollee Howes, University of California at Los Angeles

Dr. Howes described the development of social pretend play in toddler and preschool age children. She provided examples of the beginning social play of infants and toddlers and discussed how these early play forms transform into more developed social pretend. Dr. Howes also discussed theories of how both home and school cultural communities influence the development of social pretend play and how Early Head Start Programs as well as Head Start Programs can encourage social play.

Q&A for The Importance of Peer Interaction and Social Pretend Play [PDF, 281KB]

01/28/2013 Science in the Preschool Classroom: Why and How This Can Be a Teacher's Best Friend
Dr. Daryl B. Greenfield, University of Miami

Science is a Head Start mandated readiness domain. So why is science rarely present in Head Start classrooms? When surveyed, teachers report two key barriers: Feeling unprepared to teach science and a lack of time to devote to it, given all the readiness areas that need to be covered. Dr. Greenfield discussed why these barriers are false and how science can help teachers increase scores on the CLASS™ "instructional support" domain, and cover and improve multiple areas of school readiness for children.

Q&A for Science in the Preschool Classroom: Why and How This Can Be a Teacher's Best Friend [PDF, 228KB]

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Last Updated: July 13, 2016