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Romp n’ Roll Kicks Off “Week of the Young Child” With Music Monday!

Enjoying music during Babies Class at Romp n' RollThis week Romp n’ Roll is celebrating the Week of the Young Child! The annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Today is Music Monday!

What we know is that music is the result of movement, therefore, music is movement – they go hand in hand! How may times have you seen someone driving down the highway with their head moving up and down and their hands tapping the steering wheel? How many times have you been somewhere with your child when a song comes on and causes he or she to bend their knees, bob their head, or shake their hips? Playing the drums at Romp n' Roll!This happens all of the time and that is because music is a physical event! Read more

Learn a Lot vs. Have Fun

I remember when I was a kid, each day as I would be leaving for school, my father would say, “Learn a lot.”  Meanwhile, my mother, who was a teacher, would send me off by saying, “Have fun.”  While these instructions may seem contradictory, they actually are totally in sync with one another.
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The Key to Happiness

I’ve always said that it takes very little to make a child happy.  Unfortunately, finding out what it is can take all day.  Furthermore, when you finally discover something that brings your little one tremendous delight, the next day she may very well declare she wants something different. Read more

Making Multiculturalism Meaningful

As I’m sure you are well aware, there currently is an enormous emphasis on “multiculturalism” in education, even at the preschool level.  Consequently, everywhere you look, early educators are conducting “multicultural” activities for young children.  Unfortunately, when I ask these people what they hope the children will learn as a result, I’m typically met with blank stares.  They may mumble something about teaching “tolerance” or “acceptance,” but the fact is that they are engaging in “exposure” without a clear educational purpose. Read more