I've spent the past few years working on the development of an exhibition about the science of early childhood development. It is called Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood Development . It has been a fascinating project to work on both as a mom and as a scientist. I've learned how important the first five years are and how it is the little things - interactions with my kids that really makes a difference. So it is really exciting to see that over the weekend Education Minnesota announced that Katy Smith, an early childhood family educator, is the newest teacher of the year. I enjoyed reading the interview with Katy Smith in MinnPost. She comments that,

"It is in the mind-numbingly bored, dull times of family life that you really get to know one another and crack jokes and figure out something to do together, because you don't know what to do when you're not so scheduled."

Thanks for the reminder. I think I'll go exploring in the yard with my kids after dinner tonight and look for signs of spring!

What will you do to enhance the development of a child today?

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Peggy Ashbrook's picture

Congratulations to 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Katy Smith, an Early Childhood Family Education/parent teacher! To find science activities for unstructured time with your children, or structured time with your preK-grade 2 class, visit the National Science Teachers Association's Early Years blog at www.nsta.org/earlyyears

posted on Mon, 05/09/2011 - 8:34am
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

Hey! No kidding, Laurie (pun intended): Those first couple of years are super important in the life of a child.

"A new University of Minnesota study shows that disadvantaged children who receive high-quality education between age 3 and third grade reap benefits to their economic and social well-being decades later, at age 28."

Fascinating! You can read the U's news release, if you're interested.

posted on Wed, 06/15/2011 - 11:49am

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