What the Science Says About How Preschool Benefits Children

by Vashti Hoyte-Smith


In this news article, it talks about how scientist feel as though preschool is not beneficial for our children in this generation. The scientist was trying to prove a point of why should children attend preschool when they are basically being taught the same thing in kindergarten and first grade. After doing a lot of research, they found that some preschool programs were doing the exact things as the kindergarten and first junkgrades. It talked about how poor and disadvantaged children often make the most gain from attending preschool and children who are dual-language learners benefit also from being in a preschool program. It helps them learn the language faster. Also, they were trying to figure out if pre-k should focus on the social and emotional development of the children and how pre-k programs should do a better job with reaching out to families.

This news would affect young children and their families because I feel as though going to preschool is such an advantage because they children are learning how to read, write, solve math problems just learning the basics is such an important thing. Just because the scientist believes that this program should be cut because they are learning the same exact thing when they go into kindergarten and 1st grade. That is not parents fault because they are sending their children to preschool to learn. This has such an impact for the families because they send their children to preschool so they can get in a habit of learning how it operates and learning the foundations.

This will influence Early Childhood Education because the scientist are trying to cut out this program. This program is important for the children because it is giving them the foundation of what they will be learning when entering kindergarten or 1st grade. As an Early Childhood major, I feel as though it is not the preschool fault of what the child is going to learn once they enter elementary school. The teachers should see if the children already master the skills and then find something more challenging for the children to do or teach them something new. I say that they should keep this program because all children, no matter where you come from, benefit from this.

Today’s guest blogger is Vashti Hoyte-Smith

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Four digital tools

Four digital tools to help students practice integrity and practice technology use in and outside of the classroom

by Ms. Davis


The article by MindShift came out with four different tools that can help students promote honesty when in the classroom. The apps that I decided were the best for early childhood users were the Remind app, and the Now Comment app. These two apps deal with integrity of children, but also help children in working with technology in new and creative ways. The Now Comment app provides students to be able to give feedback on certain materials that the teacher provides, feedback on other student’s work, and group junkdiscussions about what was learned in class that day. The Remind app helps parents stay involved in the child’s school work or assignments, where they can sign up to get messages of assignments that are due each day. I think the Remind App is most helpful for students who may be forgetful or who do not want to do homework. The app can help them stay up to date with assignments by their parents receiving information on their assignments each day. It not only helps children stay up to date with school work, but it help parents stay involved in the child’s academic abilities which will benefit if the student may be struggling or need extra help. My favorite app on the site was the StopBullying app, which I think,would be more suitable for older children, but in an early childhood setting they can still be introduced to bullying by other children in different ways. The app lets you anonymously report bullying or harsh words that another child is saying to the school provider. I think this is a great way to help children who may be afraid to come forward about an issue that is happening at school.

These new ways to provide integrity of children in the classroom can help greatly with families, especially the“Remind” app because it helps families stay connected to what their children are working on in school. I was a nanny for two elementary school children for a year and a half and the number of times they forgot to write down homework assignments, left textbooks at school, or forget their homework folders was more than I could count. If their parents were able to have an app like this that can remind students what their homework for the night is, and have an uploaded copy of the worksheet, I think it could help greatly for children who accidentally forget their homework, or children who miss school so they will not fall behind. This also allows children to be honest with their parents by being able to tell them the exact homework they have for that night.

Early childhood students will start to be introduced to technology a lot more in this generation than in previous years. Technology is growing at a fast rate, and introducing children, even as young as kindergarten, to new types of educational apps and resources can benefit them in the future. If children are exposed to technology through the use of Ipads or computers they can use some of these apps in order to help them provide feedback to others, and also help provide feedback to teachers as well. They can also stay up to date with homework assignments they may have forgotten to write down, or have forgotten at home. I think these apps also help young children get used to experimenting with use of computers by being able to type about certain opinions that they may have about new materials brought up in class.

Today’s guest blogger is Ms. Davis

“I have been working with children ever since I was 16 years old, working in preschools, as a nanny for families with special needs children, and at summer camps. I really enjoy finding resources and new technology that can help teachers implement material in new and creative ways. I am a big advocate for incorporating UDL into classrooms as well, and I hope I can provide you with many useful resources.”

Wooden toy that teaches toddlers the basics of coding.

by Jaclyn Soldinger


This wooden toy teaches toddlers how to code in a way that they think that they are playing a game. It is made of entirely of wood and it moves around based on the code that the child created. The sole purpose of this toy is to teach young children how to code without looking at screen. This is extremely innovative since most coding programs for children require them to look at a screen.

This will affect young children because they will be comfortable with the concept of cubettocoding at a young age. This is something to consider since coding may become a part of the curriculum in an elementary school. This would affect families because this toy robot costs a ton of money. It is in the $200 range. Therefore, I could see parents wanting to donate money to a school towards the toy rather than buy one for home since the schools may be able to keep it safer.

This will influence Early childhood education because the educator should incorporate this toy in the pre-kindergarten classroom to teach their students about coding without a screen. This would be effective for this especially, since many schools are using computers in elementary schools so it would be a useful skill. However, it costs a lot of money therefore, it is not ideal for a pre-kindergarten classroom because children could break it unless the school has a safe place to store the toy.

Today’s guest blogger is Jaclyn Soldinger

Early Childhood Education major who is interested in English Language Learning and Special Education.

The Future of Preschool

by Katie Kojan


The article is about how legislators in Indiana are considering an investment in early education software that would be free to families in the state. The software is dedicated to kindergarten prep that uses technology to ensure free access to early childhood education to every student in the state.

This software would be a huge benefit for low-income families who can’t afford preschool. It will give students ahead start right before entering kindergarten. This software can eliminate the achievement gap between students who went to preschool and those who didn’t.junk

If this investment is fulfilled and is successful it will be a huge step forward in terms of early childhood education. If this were to be implemented in every state children coming into kindergarten will be entering close to the same education level. Preschool is currently a privilege for children as they have an advantage when they come into kindergarten. This software can boost a child’s cognitive development before they enter grade school.

Today’s guest blogger is Katie Kojan

I’m in my third year at Towson University pursuing Early Childhood Education.”


Make STEM Social to Motivate Preschoolers

by Victoria Mosley


This news article discussed the importance of STEM activities for young students. There was a description of a case study of two sets of preschoolers who work on two different STEM activities in different environments. One group was told to work independently and the other was assigned to a  color group and were placed in a social environment. The students were observed while doing the math and puzzle activity. They concluded that the students who were socializing during the activity developed a better understanding and were more interested in this STEM assignment. The article also gave some tips for teachers to use when encouraging STEM use. Teachers should use social language when talking about STEM activities. For example,teachers should use words such as “us”, “together”, and“group” to make all the students feel equal and confident int heir learning. Overall, this article explains the importance of early STEM use in a classroom.

This news, hopefully, will positively affect young children and their families. It gives information about the importance of early STEM learning through social interactions. Families can work on these types of activities at home so the student can become fluent in STEM. This article also discusses the stereotypes of STEM such as the idea that boys are better at STEM than IMG_9351girls are. Then the article states ways to ignore the stereotype and negative opinions by using social language. If parents and teachers use this social language it can help students feel confident in their work and confident in STEM.

This article will influence Early Childhood Education greatly. The more teachers and caregivers expose STEM to young children, the better the child will understand these categories. This article and others related to STEM could create a huge impact on education. For example, in the future classroom there could be a block of time during the day for students to work on STEM work. This should be implemented in young grades as well as older grades. If STEM does eventually receive its own block for younger students, it will give them a great amount of time to work at this area and become fluent as they advance by grade.

Today’s guest blogger is Victoria Mosley

Using Timely Text Messages To Curb Missed Assignments and Class

by Abbey Groft


This news article was about sending text messages to parents when children were to miss class or miss an assignment. The statistics from the article stated that this strategy reduced course failure by 39% and increased class attendance by 17%. Because the parents were getting involved in their child’s education, the children are more likely to want to do better. The message consists of what that child missed and a link to log online for more information.They were able to do this by building software that communicated with the teacher’s electronic grade book. For a parent to receive one of these texts it is just a fraction of a cent per text message. However, the author feels that the text message is a solution, but that it is a huge piece of the puzzle. This technology will help improve school performance in the future.

This strategy will affect young children and their families in a positive way. For example, having text messages sent out to the parents about their child’s academic standing will help to keep the parents involved. The article states, “students succeed when parents get involved.” Therefore, children are going to be more likely to have academic success. This will also help the children because it will help to keep them motivated to do assignments and go to school so that their parents do not have to get text messages.text-helper

This will influence Early Childhood Education because this could create a new system in which teachers communicate assignment or news to parents. Children come home with folders and paper or news can get lost in translation, so having a text message sent to the parents could be more beneficial. This strategy will also help to keep young children on track and motivated to work hard especially later in their education. For example, when children get older they may tend to lose the motivation to do well in school, so having this system start out while they are younger could really help.


Today’s guest blogger is Abbey Groft

“I am a junior at Towson University in the Early Childhood Education program pursuing my dream of becoming a teacher. Growing up I always knew that teaching was the job for me, so being able to live my dream out would be so fulfilling. I enjoy helping people out and making an impact in peoples lives.”


The T in STEM: Creating Play-Based Experiences That Support Children’s Learning of Coding and Higher Order Thinking

by Megan Andersen


Researchers and many others want to further develop children’s higher order thinking skills in early childhood by introducing technology tools and coding when appropriate. high-orderWith technology becoming more and more popular, even in schools, those who are knowledgeable with technology and coding are in demand and have more opportunities in their future careers. Developing higher order thinking skills in the classroom does not require much change in the classroom activities because most of the tips for developing these skills are already being implemented. These skills can be practiced through play-based experiences. Some of the tips include block play, read-alouds, storytelling, art, and game design. Game design is not a typical activity that takes place in an early childhood setting, but the other tips do. Adding game design activities is not difficult because it can be a continuation of an art activity that can be related to the development of game design. All of these activities help children reason, think critically, and problem solve which are essential skills that are needed throughout life.
This news will affect young children because they will be developing higher order thinking skills through play-based experiences in early childhood settings. Children will create meaningful experiences through coding by developing these foundational skills and have the support of their family. They will be engaging in activities that are going to deepen these skills. The children might not realize that they are building these skills or the purpose of participating in activities that help develop higher order thinking skills, but it will help children become more successful in their future. Families will become mentors and role models to support their children in developing these skills. Due to the rise in popularity and usefulness of technology families will also be learning along with their children. Families can also implement activities and purchase technology toys that are aimed at parents to help their children develop these skills.
This news will influence Early Childhood Education because developing higher order thinking skills will start in the early childhood classrooms and settings. Educators will need to introduce coding and become familiar with helping children code. They will also need to design lesson plans and activities that will help children develop the higher order thinking skills that are required for building the foundational skills for coding. Children will be building essential skills that are needed throughout their life and be a continuation of developing main skills on a deeper level that are needed to succeed in their educational careers.

Today’s guest blogger is Megan Andersen