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You know what developmentally appropriate practice looks like in early childhood! But you may have found it challenging to describe it to parents. Or perhaps your words fell on deaf ears. That’s where it helps to call on an outside source. Like those of a mom, a teacher’s words often go unheeded…until the same words are spoken by someone else!

That’s why, by popular request, Rae has created letters you can share with families. Written on a variety of topics suggested by early childhood educators, you can either copy these one-page communiqués and send them home, or you can share them electronically. And you can do so over and over again, for years to come!

Parent communication is a requirement of licensing in many states, of QRIS, and of Head Start. But even if it isn’t a requirement for your early childhood setting, research shows that family engagement benefits the children. And that’s what we all want! Unfortunately, much of the information parents receive these days is inaccurate, based on parenting myths circulating throughout our competitive society. These letters debunk such false beliefs!

For the price of $9.99 each, 2 for $17.99 (a 10% discount), 3 for $25.49 (a 15% discount), 6 for $47.95 (a 20% discount), or all 7 for just $52.45 (a 25% discount), you’ll have immediate access to the letters, which are in PDF form. You’re just moments away from sharing these powerful messages with your families!

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Earlier Isn’t Better


Whether we’re talking about academics or athletics (or walking or talking), the idea that earlier is better has become deeply ingrained in our society. But the truth is that it’s unhealthy for your child to be prodded to complete tasks before he or she is developmentally ready. Child development cannot be accelerated. Furthermore, there’s no reason to try to accelerate it.

Things You Should Know About Screen Time


What are the myths and realities as they relate to children and screen time? This letter explores them both and helps parents understand why the “good, old-fashioned” stuff is more beneficial to their children than digital devices.

Why Recess (Outdoors!) Matters!


These days, amid the clamor for more “academics” and accountability, recess is too often seen as a frill. This letter offers seven contradictions to that belief.

Sitting Does Not Equal Learning!


This letter, which is a great companion piece for “Why We Don’t Use Worksheets,” takes a look at the research demonstrating why sitting does not lend itself to optimal learning. Presented simply and in bullet form, the research proves one teacher’s contention that “When the bum is numb, the mind is dumb.”

Why We Don’t Use Worksheets


Parents often want to see “evidence” of their children’s learning and incorrectly believe that worksheets provide that evidence. But young children are experiential learners who acquire knowledge through all of their senses. This letter defends the need for active learning in the early childhood setting.

Why Hands and Fingers Need Attention


There is more and more evidence that today’s children seriously lack fine motor skills, and it’s impacting not just such tasks as handwriting and using utensils but also a child’s choice of professions. Becoming a surgeon, a sports star, or a celebrity chef will not be options for the child without the tactile control required of these jobs.


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