October 25, 2019

Do Kids Need Preschool?

The child is the father of the man, noted poet William Wordsworth. While that 19th century observation may sound sexist, what Wordsworth meant remains true. What happens in childhood has a huge influence on the man or woman that youngster […]
October 11, 2019

Play That Supports Children’s Development

An infant is smiling and looking up at a mobile. A toddler is playing with building blocks. A child is participating in his first little league game. All of these things have one thing in common: a child at play. […]
August 26, 2019

A Comparison of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Montessori

Three psychologists of the 19th century developed three different theories of child and cognitive development. Two of these (Montessori and Piaget) said that children learn and develop in sequence. Vygotsky said that children learn using their social environment. He believed […]
August 22, 2019

Lev Vygotsky’s Social Development Theory

Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky developed the Social Development Theory at about the same time Jean Piaget developed his Theory of Cognitive Development. Vygotsky died when he was just 37, which was at least partially responsible for his Social Development Theory […]
August 6, 2019

Applying Piaget’s Stages of Development in the Classroom

Jean Piaget proposed four stages of cognitive development. These stages help teachers assess and best serve students in the classroom. That is, if we can discern that a student is significantly over or under-developed with regard…
August 1, 2019

Philosophically Alternative Classroom Teaching Methods

While most public schooling programs follow the same style of teaching and trust in the same learning theories, there are alternative options for schooling which focus on slightly different styles of teaching and learning. These programs focus on children’s social […]