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  • 11 Apr

    Week of the Young Child: Make Time for Play in Early Childhood Education!

      Play in Early Childhood Education Develops Essential Skills More than ever, it is important to make time for play in the daily routine of the child. Providing time for open-ended play in early childhood education gives children the opportunity to use their imaginations, strengthen social skills, and practice problem solving. When a child is invited […]

  • 05 Apr

    5 Kids Light Table Accessories to Buy or DIY

    There are so many ways to use a light table! Kids light table products exist for every budget, and DIYers can easily make their own accessories with minimal cost and effort. Here are five of our favorite light table STEM investigations that are easy to source or create yourself. These work on any light table, […]

  • 22 Mar

    Kodo Awarded GEI Seal of Endorsement for Educational Products

    We are honored to announce that the Kodo Balance has earned the Global Educator Institute Seal of Endorsement, placing it among the best educational products available today! GEI recognizes the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-approved educational products using a vigorous assessment process. Products that earn the GEI Seal of Endorsement have been subjected to an in-depth […]

  • 18 Mar

    Raising Chickens Around Children: What’s the Real Risk?

    Raising chickens and ducks in classrooms is not a new trend – in fact, raising poultry in preschools has been going on for ages, as far as we can tell. A new state health rule in Colorado, however, bans poultry from classrooms with preschool aged children based on fear of communicable diseases, specifically salmonella. Just […]

  • 12 Mar

    15 Museums Supporting STEM for Preschool

    At Kodo, we believe the best learning happens through exploration and investigation. We also understand and value the importance of STEM in early childhood curriculum in order to build a future where today’s children become tomorrow’s leaders and problem-solvers.  These fifteen museums (with a bonus #16!) embrace both of these concepts by promoting playful, investigation-based learning and STEM for preschool. It’s time […]

  • 04 Mar

    Identifying Early Learning in the Daily Lives of Children: Airport Observations

    By Diane Spahn, Kodo Education Specialist If, in the theater, “all the world’s a stage…”, then it stands to reason that in education, “all the world’s a classroom.” For me this rings true as I travel about the country training and consulting with early childhood educators, but for less obvious reasons than one might think. […]

  • 18 Feb

    Snow Paintings: STEM Activities for Kids

    If you’re living in the United States, you are likely very aware that the middle of our country very recently got blanketed by lots and lots of snow! To be precise, 14” fell here at our office in Broomfield, Colorado just the other week. While some may see the snow as a barrier, we see […]

  • 05 Feb

    66 Essential STEM Preschool Books to Read This Year

    Including books in every day play is beneficial for both the associated literary skills and as a supplemental resource to many important teaching topics. At Kodo, we use books to help reinforce ideas about construction and engineering, wind science, systems thinking, physics, light and shadow play, sand and water sensory play, grinding tools, and studio art! When used in tandem, STEM […]

  • 25 Jan

    Failing as a Road to Success : A Kodo Philosophy of Education

    Click to download a printable PDF “Failure” – it’s the forbidden word that’s been shunned by many educators, parents, and child care providers alike. No one wants to see their children fail, of course. It is our love and concern for our children that cause us to enable their successes when they are headed on […]

  • 15 Jan

    20 Conversation Starting Early Childhood Conferences of 2016

    Each year, its important to take time to step out of the classroom and join forces with similar minds. Not only does it give us a chance to see outside the box of our normal teaching, learning, and creating routines, but we also get a broader scope of vision for the community working toward the same goal of improving education […]