How Preschool Teachers Do It

How Preschool Teachers Do It
A podcast about best approaches with young children for teachers, family and anyone who impacts the lives of early learners.

83: Coming Soon-TREES (Temporary Rules for Emergency Education)
Jul 6 • 22 min
We haven’t reached the end to see what life will be and we can’t go back. Buildings may open but COVID19 is still here. Join Cindy and Alison as they talk about the weird limbo of educational settings heading to the 2020-2021 school year.
82: An Unusual 4th of July
Jul 2 • 16 min
What can you do to make this unusual 4th of July a way to move to the new normal?
81: Supporting the Kids’ Positive Reentry
Jun 29 • 19 min
School, camp, and other activities will not look the same. Cindy and Alison discuss how we can support kids, acknowledge their feelings but not dump our own on them.
80: Things We Will Never Do Again-Lessons Learned
Jun 25 • 22 min
Cindy and Alison continue Lessons Learned with an episode about what we will never do again. Thought it would be funny….and then it took a turn. Tune in!
79: Things We Will Always Do Now-Lessons Learned
Jun 22 • 22 min
During hard times, we can learn the most. Cindy and Alison talk about what they will always do as early childhood professionals. What will you pledge to always do?
78: Questions from the Reopening Vault: Staff Sick Days
Jun 18 • 20 min
Cindy and Alison have questions. The first question from the vault: How will additional needs for school staff sick days be handled?
77: Put Down the Flashcards!
Jun 15 • 24 min
Worried about “catching them up?”Memorization is the lowest rung on the ladder of learning. Cindy and Alison talk about how to teach your children in more meaningful ways so they can reach higher.
76: The Kids Who Are Thriving - Planning for Them Too
Jun 11 • 20 min
Some children are learning and thriving at home. Should we ignore that and just make them go back to our educational systems? Should we consider a different partnership with their families? Cindy and Alison discuss the possibilities.
75: Young Kids and Race - Let’s Raise Them Better
Jun 8 • 35 min
What do children see when they look at others? Cindy and Alison share the facts and what we need to do to raise children to build a better world. Thanks to The Children’s Community School of Philadelphia for permission to share their work. Find it here:…
74: Education Budgets: Real Talk
Jun 4 • 28 min
Put aside the social distancing, masks and other new requirements - how will they make education budgets work in a COVID and post-COVID world? Money is tight and expenses will be high. Cindy and Alison ponder the budget with some real talk.
73: Do We Need an Entirely New System for Kids?
Jun 1 • 21 min
Once upon a time, we outgrew one-room schoolhouses. Have we outgrown the current system, too? Cindy and Alison talk about an entirely new approach to education from early childhood through school-age programs.
72: Will the Kids Catch Up
May 28 • 21 min
Is there an expectation that 6 months of school closures will be erased like they never happened? Will the kids actually catch up? Cindy and Alison discuss their take on what to expect and what educational systems need to do.
71: Teaching Kids About Acceptance During COVID19
May 25 • 23 min
Is this time an opportunity to teach children about accepting what they cannot control and making good decisions? Alison and Cindy discuss the important lessons that can be learned if we are aware and model them.
70: Is Anyone Discussing the Teachers’ Safety?
May 21 • 16 min
Do you see anyone discussing safety for teachers, admins, or support staff in all the social media posts? Cindy and Alison discuss the questions that seem to be missing.
69: COVID-19 and the Tough Decisions
May 18 • 20 min
Will COVID-19 teach us a lesson about listening to our inner voice and not the opinions of others? Alison and Cindy talk about some of the tough decisions we will need to make as individuals.
68: Who Should Be Advising About Education?
May 14 • 19 min
There are many decisions about education looming and who makes those decisions will impact children for years. Cindy and Alison discuss who should be involved. Listen and submit ideas for the challenge they put out to their Preschool Peeps!
67: How Might Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Impact Decisions?
May 11 • 20 min
Cindy and Alison talk about the illness in children, its connection to COVID-19, and how decisions about schools might be impacted.
66: Should Family Child Care Take Center Stage?
May 7 • 20 min
Having preschoolers adhere to social distancing, making class sizes smaller and other directives seem so impossible to achieve. Perhaps, we need to restart differently while Covid-19 is still among us. Check out the discussion on this episode of the…
65: How Do We End This Crazy Covid-19 School Year?
May 4 • 26 min
Should we provide closure to the school year and what does that even mean? How do we conclude the school year in a time of distance learning? Cindy and Alison have some ideas for you to think about in this episode.
64: Is Your Child’s Behavior Changing As COVID-19 Shelter in Place Continues?
Apr 30 • 23 min
Is your child becoming more highly emotional or shutting down? Is your child less able to cope with the COVID-19 distance learning and quarantine? Cindy and Alison discuss why and what strategies might work to help them self-regulate.
63: Teacher Appreciation Week is Coming - Ideas to Make Teachers Smile During COVID-19
Apr 27 • 19 min
Was there ever a time when educators could use appreciation more than during the coronavirus emergency distance teaching days? Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. Cindy and Alison share simple ideas for saying, “Thank you” to teachers.
62: Our Fantasy Post Covid-19 School
Apr 23 • 27 min
Cindy and Alison envision what school could be like after the hard reset caused by COVID-19. Check out the episode and let us know what you would like to see in post COVID-19 schools.
61: Learning Is Not Closed, Just the Building Is
Apr 20 • 17 min
Children may not be going to school during the COVID-19 crisis but they are still learning. Cindy and Alison discuss the different ways and what children are learning.
60: A New Normal - Can We Keep the Good?
Apr 16 • 22 min
Cindy and Alison talk about the good that may come from this difficult time and how we can help children grasp the positive now and in the future. Watch this episode and see if you agree with positives that may come from the lessons of COVID-19.
59: Heroes Wear Masks - Explaining COVID19 Masks to Children
Apr 13 • 15 min
Now that masks are being worn by more people and mandated in more places because of COVID-19, we need to help young children understand. Cindy and Alison discuss how to frame this new reality for young children.
58: Kids Need to Move and Shout
Apr 9 • 19 min
With families working at home or overwhelmed by sudden changes, children may be spending more time being told to sit down and be quiet. Cindy and Alison discuss setting up a routine that allows them to move and shout.
57: Kids Tired of Online Preschool or Can’t Afford It?
Apr 6 • 21 min
Online preschool isn’t such a novelty for kids anymore. Some families may not be able to afford it now. Watch Cindy & Alison discuss the importance of keeping kids connected to the concept of school.
56: Your Emergency COVID-19 One Room Schoolhouse - Advocate for Your Situation
Apr 2 • 19 min
Families suddenly find themselves thrust into being a 1-room schoolhouse. As you prioritize and make decisions, families, and teachers need to advocate for realistic expectations. Listen to Alison and Cindy discuss your right to give feedback and stand…
55: Shelter in Place - Helping Children Understand
Mar 30 • 19 min
How can we help young children to understand the sudden changes in their lives? Listen to Alison and Cindy discuss the importance of opening the door to communication and helping children to understand why they have to stay home.
54: Preschool Distance Learning-When Families Don’t or Can’t
Mar 26 • 30 min
What should our expectations be for families as they have suddenly become teachers in their own one-room schoolhouses, remote workers, financial navigators and more? Listen to Alison and Cindy discuss what we should do about early childhood distance…
53: Children Are Playing Coronavirus - How to Respond
Mar 23 • 23 min
Children are using games, dramatic play, and other creative arts to process the sudden changes caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19). Cindy and Alison discuss what that means and how to respond.
52: Podcast AND YouTube -Not Business as Usual at the Podcast
Mar 18 • 29 min
The popular podcast for early childhood professionals and families is now on YouTube! In this episode, Cindy and Alison grapple with what’s happening with early learners, workers & families during COVID-19 isolation, regulations and other changes.
51: Crisscross Applesauce and Other Preschool Absurdities
Mar 16 • 14 min
Sometimes, we say the craziest things to children because it’s always been done that way. Cindy and Alison discuss feet falling asleep and children holding their breath because of what they are asked to do. They also discuss other meaningless commands so…
50: SPECIAL EPISODE: Coronavirus Closings - Staying Connected with Students
Mar 9 • 24 min
As schools plan for potential closings due to the Coronavirus, we need to consider how to stay connected with early learners. Worksheets are not developmentally appropriate so what CAN we do? Listen to our ideas and recommendations…
49: Quiet Aggression Needs Attention, Too
Mar 2 • 20 min
Not all aggression is physical aggression. Are children being hurt and we don’t notice? Listen to learn about different types of aggression that are taking place right in front of us.
48: Praise the Process
Feb 24 • 17 min
Today’s episode of the podcast examines meaningful acknowledgment rather than vague praise. What do children learn when feedback is meaningful? Listen and learn.
47: Oh no! The kids are swearing again!
Feb 17 • 18 min
How do you react when children use inappropriate language? How can we discourage swearing without drawing too much attention to it? Listen to this episode of the podcast to learn about children and swearing.
46: Do Name Brands Belong in Preschool Classrooms?
Feb 10 • 17 min
A debate about name brands in the classroom has started thanks to the emphasis on using logos to teach children about letters and words. Listen to Cindy and Alison debate it and then go to the How Preschool Teachers Do It Facebook page to cast your vote!
45: Men in Early Childhood
Feb 3 • 22 min
Why is there such a stigma about men working in early childhood settings? Cindy and Alison discuss the stigma, the messages children get and what they are missing out on.
44: Stereotype Busting Has to Happen at Home and at School
Jan 27 • 19 min
Schools and families can’t depend on each other to bust stereotypes. Learn how we all have to participate in raising an accepting generation.
43: TIme Out By Any Other Name is Still Time Out
Jan 20 • 16 min
Is your thinking chair, peace place or cozy corner actually being used to isolate and punish children? Listen to learn if you are doing time out but calling it something else.
42: Help Us Know Your Child
Jan 13 • 19 min
The more we know about your children, the better we can teach them. Listen to find out what teachers need to know to develop a trusting, responsive relationship with your child.
41: Plants, Pets and Preschoolers
Jan 6 • 20 min
Plants or pets are social-emotional skill builders. Listen to find out how Cindy’s new pets and Alison’s dog inspired an episode with important information about all children can learn from living things.
40: Is “No Thank You” Positive Discipline?
Dec 30, 2019 • 17 min
Everywhere we look, people are saying, “No thank you” to children who behave inappropriately. Is tacking the words “Thank you” onto the word “No” really a good way to deal with behaviors? Listen and find out.
39: That Fake Crying Isn’t So Fake After All
Dec 16, 2019 • 18 min
Why do children do that “fake crying” and how can we respond in a way that supports rather than demeans children? Learn about that emoting and how to handle it.
38: Behavioral Rewards As They Should Be Done
Dec 2, 2019 • 19 min
Children should be acknowledged for their good behavior but how can we do that without teaching to expect prizes? How can we do it without shaming children who struggle? Listen for ideas that encourage good behavior.
37: Preschool Curriculum: What You Need to Know
Nov 18, 2019 • 17 min
High quality preschools in today’s world use research based curricular methods that have been shown to teach using developmentally appropriate methods. Listen to learn about preschool curriculum that allows children to be children while they deeply learn.
36: Teaching Vocabulary to Young Children
Nov 4, 2019 • 16 min
Don’t limit your use of words because you are speaking with young children. There is no word too hard for them to learn! Learn how to lift your child’s vocabulary on this episode of the podcast.
35: Biting Basics
Oct 21, 2019 • 15 min
Young children may bite for a variety of reasons. Adults struggle with how to teach children not to bite. Listen to this episode for a discussion about a topic that is one of the most widely reported frustrations of parents and teachers.
34: Culture and a Child’s Need to Belong
Oct 7, 2019 • 16 min
Belonging is an essential component of developing a healthy sense of self. Preschoolers all must feel they belong. Listen for a discussion about culture, children and belonging.
33: To Perform or Not to Perform: The Holiday Shows
Sep 23, 2019 • 16 min
Do you know how much time is taken away from education and socialization to organize elaborate preschool holidays shows? A lot. Listen as you reconsider how your preschool should approach the holidays.
32: Breathe! and Other Techniques to Teach Upset Children
Sep 9, 2019 • 16 min
Children are not born knowing how to calm themselves. When children are upset, they need to know how to calm their bodies. Listen to learn techniques you can teach (and use yourself!)
31: Educational Errands - You Run Them All The Time
Aug 26, 2019 • 15 min
Errands seem so mundane but they are actually quiet educational. Discover what your children can learn if you take them with you (at least sometimes).
30: Preparing for Back to School
Aug 12, 2019 • 15 min
What should you say and do with your preschooler to prepare for going back to school? Listen to learn how to make this more exciting and less anxiety filled.
29: Schools and Families - We Are On The Same Side.
Jul 29, 2019 • 16 min
It is important that schools and families always seek to partner. The children depend on it. Listen for tips and important information about the impact of family/school relationships.
28: No Letter of the Week? Now what?
Jul 15, 2019 • 15 min
Teaching letters in isolation is becoming a thing of the past. Listen to learn how children learn letters and words in more meaningful ways.
LIVE - Special Podcast Anniversary Episode
Jul 1, 2019 • 59 min
Answering Listeners Questions
Live Episode Details - Where and When to Listen
Jun 20, 2019 • 2 min
Listen for the details about the timing of the July 1 live episode and where you can listen to us live.
27: Social Media and Young Children’s Privacy
Jun 17, 2019 • 14 min
Do you know people who are “sharenting” (oversharing about their children on social media)? Children need privacy for healthy development. When is sharing okay and when is it too much? Listen to consider social media and children’s need for privacy.
26: When Children Feel Hurt
Jun 3, 2019 • 15 min
Help young children to accept their feelings and consider their reactions when someone has hurt them. Learn what to say that empowers children instead of making them feel wrong for having feelings.
25: Pt 2 What To Do In Circle Time Instead
May 20, 2019 • 15 min
Now that you’ve listened to what to take out of circle time during our last episode, find out what you should be doing instead.
24: Pt 1 The Mess That Is Circle Time
May 6, 2019 • 15 min
Wondering how to update your circle time activities? We know more now than we did in the past about how this time can be better spent. When you know better, you do better.
23: Mixed Messages About Strangers
Apr 22, 2019 • 15 min
We send very mixed messages to children about strangers. We tell them to stay away from strangers but then they see us talk to strangers all the time. How can you teach young children about strangers more clearly? Listen to find out.
22: What’s Your Bias? We all have them.
Apr 8, 2019 • 16 min
We all have biases that we are not aware of and they can impact our interactions with children. Listen to this episode to learn about discovering your biases and how we can lessen their impact on children.
21: The Impact of Your Child’s Coach, Dance Teacher, Scout Leader …..
Mar 25, 2019 • 13 min
Everyone who interacts with your child has an impact on their self-worth. What should you ask, look for and advocate for when enrolling your children in activities? Listen to find out!
20: Recharge, Families and Teachers! Making Me Time Happen
Mar 11, 2019 • 15 min
Taking time to recharge is important when you work with or are raising young children. Recharge, laugh and get some ideas from Cindy and Alison for taking me time.
19: Talking About Hard Topics with Children
Feb 25, 2019 • 14 min
Hard topics - death, serious illness, separation, divorce and more - challenge us when we have to talk to young children. Listen for information about how to approach the children when tough things happen.
18: Myth-busting Part 2 - Kindergarten Readiness
Feb 11, 2019 • 14 min
What do children actually need to know to be kindergarten ready? Listen to this myth-busting episode
17: Myth-busting Part 1 - What Is and Isn’t Deep Learning? You May Be Surprised!
Jan 28, 2019 • 15 min
Learning to be a learner is a foundational lesson for preschoolers. There are so many myths about what is actual evidence of learning. Listen to find out what your children should be doing in preschool to reach their full potential.
16: Potty Talk! Toilet Training Basics
Jan 14, 2019 • 15 min
Worried about potty training? Frustrated with the process? Find out how preschool teachers do it!
15: Fear Not! You Can Navigate Kids Fears
Dec 31, 2018 • 15 min
What do you do when children are afraid? Does their fear make you uncomfortable and not the best guide of their emotions? Listen for tips about handling children’s fears and still helping them to feel safe and secure.
14: Is Your Expert Really An Expert?
Dec 17, 2018 • 15 min
How do you know the person giving you advice about children is actually an expert? Listen and find out how you can be more sure.
13: Teaching Independence Skills to Early Learners
Dec 3, 2018 • 14 min
How can you send the message to your children that you believe in them and they are capable? Listen to Alison and Cindy to find out.
12: Gender Roles and Pretend Play in Early Childhood
Nov 19, 2018 • 12 min
Cindy and Alison tackle a sensitive topic on today’s podcast. Sensitive but necessary ….
11: Part 2 Project vs Art vs Craft - Are they wasting your child’s time?
Nov 5, 2018 • 13 min
Do your children learn more when doing a project, art or a craft? They are not the same and they are not all a good use of education time. Cindy & Alison dive into this topic in 2 episodes so you know what to look for in a preschool.
10: Part 1 Project vs Art vs Craft - Are they wasting your child’s time?
Oct 22, 2018 • 14 min
Do your children learn more when doing a project, art or a craft? They are not the same and they are not all a good use of education time. Cindy & Alison dive into this topic in 2 episodes so you know what to look for in a preschool.
9: When Children Say “No!”
Oct 8, 2018 • 14 min
“No!” It is so often a young child’s favorite word. Why and what should you do? Cindy and Alison talk about “No!” in this episode.
8: Can Children Express Meaningful Apologies?
Sep 24, 2018 • 14 min
“Say You’re Sorry!” That doesn’t teach young children anything meaningful. Listen as Alison and Cindy talk about teaching children when they’ve hurt someone.
7: Should Children Be Forced to Hug and Kiss Relatives?
Sep 10, 2018 • 13 min
You know your child is uncomfortable so what should you do? Here’s a podcast to share with those relatives who insist on hugging and kissing children who are strangers to them.
6: To Time Out or Not to Time Out? That is the Question.
Aug 27, 2018 • 12 min
Is time out a thing of the past? If it is, what now? Listen to Alison and Cindy to find out.
5: Childrens Emotions - How to Validate Their Feelings
Aug 13, 2018 • 13 min
Validating feelings and teaching emotional intelligence is new in this generation of parents. We weren’t raised this way, but we can do it right. Listen for thought provoking info about dealing with the big emotions of small children.
4: Part 2 - Setting Boundaries for Young Children
Jul 30, 2018 • 13 min
Do you have trouble setting boundaries and having children understand rules? Cindy & Alison tackle this topic in 2 episodes of the podcast.
3: Part 1 Setting Boundaries for Young Children
Jul 16, 2018 • 13 min
Do you have trouble setting boundaries and having children understand rules? Cindy & Alison tackle this topic in 2 episodes of the podcast.
2: Separation Anxiety
Jul 2, 2018 • 12 min
Separation Anxiety is tough on children and families. Listen for information about how to teach children to separate and trust.
1: Modeling Literacy Skills for Young Children
Jun 28, 2018 • 14 min
Do you want young children to embrace reading and writing? Listen to expert tips about how to model literacy skills for the early learners in your life.