Colors, Context and Cognition: Introducing My Son to Learning the Concept of Sequence

As a stay-at home Mom, I’ve recently been thinking on the best ways to support my youngest son’s cognitive and social development at home, particularly because of his recent diagnosis of Autism. With the help of a recent mentor, I am shaping a framework to use in support of his development that draws from a … Continue reading Colors, Context and Cognition: Introducing My Son to Learning the Concept of Sequence

Cookie Cutters on the Floor: Learning Vocabulary and Pronounciation through Objects Around the Home

From since being a crawling baby, Keith loves visiting his Godparents’ house. Specifically, he loves their kitchen. Wide floor area, slightly secluded from the rest of the house, it has become his favorite place to play. Whenever we visit, he launches straight for the kitchen, raids the bottom corner cabinet, pulling out a tub of … Continue reading Cookie Cutters on the Floor: Learning Vocabulary and Pronounciation through Objects Around the Home

Literacy Learning in the Kitchen: Building Vocabulary, Practicing Procedural Thinking, and Learning to Tell Time

        At ages 3 and 2, Keith and Maceo, respectively, have little patience for workbooks and sitting down for long lengths of time as a means to “practice” literacy skills. So at this stage, to grow their vocabulary, build skill in strategic thinking, and support their practice of various ways of learning, … Continue reading Literacy Learning in the Kitchen: Building Vocabulary, Practicing Procedural Thinking, and Learning to Tell Time

How to Find the Answer: A Crayon, an Inquiry Board, and a Pre-Schooler’s Journey

  An inquiry board helps our son to formulate and formalize creating questions and seeking answers. It’s also become a means through which we build a community invested in investigating both our interests and world.        Kids ask a lot of questions. From the abstract to concrete, their mind is always turning and … Continue reading How to Find the Answer: A Crayon, an Inquiry Board, and a Pre-Schooler’s Journey

Literacy as Social Action: A Familial Practice (An Introduction)

  As a mom of two toddler boys, I am trying to balance rearing them as both citizens of a global community, as well instill within them the knowledge and skills needed to interface with it. I constantly find myself vacillating between supporting their learning and understanding of how to interact with and treat others, … Continue reading Literacy as Social Action: A Familial Practice (An Introduction)

As Educational Frontiersman: One Man’s Calling to Make a Difference

On any given day, John R. Jenkins, Ed.D., can be found laboring in the fray, soldiering on the frontline of education. He is an irrepressible spirit who has embodied several educative incarnations.  As English/Language Arts teacher, teacher trainer, instructional coach, consultant, researcher, faculty member, administrator, and currently Vice President of Programs for the School Leaders … Continue reading As Educational Frontiersman: One Man’s Calling to Make a Difference