Archive for October 2008

Jeanne Tsai: We’re All Pursuing Happiness. But What Kind? Food for Lifelong Thought at the 2008 Bing Distinguished Lecture

By Simon Firth, Writer and Bing Parent
Scholars have ruminated on what makes us happy and why since at least the time of Aristotle. “But it’s only been in the last two decades that psychologists have begun to study well-being and happiness,”…

Linda Darling-Hammond’s Visit to Bing

By Todd Erickson, Teacher
U.S. education policymakers would benefit from a visit to Bing, said Linda Darling-Hammond, PhD, Stanford’s Charles E. Ducommun Professor in the School of Education…

Researcher in Profile: Inbal Arnon

By Chia-wa Yeh, Head Teacher and Research Coordinator
How do children learn that more than one mouse is “mice,” not “mouses”? Or for that matter, that more than one tooth is “teeth,” not “tooths”? Inbal Arnon, a fourth-year graduate student in the Linguistics Department at Stanford,…

Children’s Play is More Than “Child’s Play”

By Adrienne Lomangino, Head Teacher
Bing was founded over 40 years ago as a play-based program. The founding director, Dr. Edith Dowley, held a strong belief in the value of play. To fully appreciate the Bing Nursery School approach to early childhood education,…

2008 Parent Seminars Work and Play: One and the Same?

By Betsy Koning, Teacher
Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning,” Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood once said. “They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and …

Art in Nature

By Beverley Hartman, Head Teacher
Inspired this year by our natural setting and the works of artist Andy Goldsworthy, the teachers in the East Mornings classroom led a project we called Art in Nature. We sought to guide children in an exploration…

Mud Pies to Apple Pies: Cooking in West AM

By Peckie Peters, Head Teacher
In the Back 40, the large outdoor space in West room, Harlan and Kristopher are bent over a pot filled with pinecones, pine needles, grass and water. Paolo is standing close by,…

The Importance of Musical Play

By Nancy Howe, Matt Linden, and Kitti Pecka, Two’s Head Teachers
Music brings pleasure. Music fosters play. So it’s no surprise that musical play figures largely into the activities at Bing, where play ranks as one of our highest priorities…

I’m Going to Mail Myself to You: The Mail Project

By Parul Chandra, Head Teacher
Reading the book A Letter to Amy at story-time sparked the children’s interest about mail and its workings. The teachers decided to support this curiosity by providing an assortment of paper, envelopes, stamps and…

The Tool Project

By Nancy Howe, Head Teacher
From the beginning of the year, teachers in the Center PM classroom noticed that many of the children were curious about the tools around them. Simple hand tools play an important role in all Bing Nursery School classrooms,…

Counting Our Chickens Before They Hatch

By Adrienne Lomangino, Head Teacher
We waited, and waited, and waited. Day after day, we crossed off another number on the chicken calendar in East PM. This year our patience certainly was rewarded! We hatched 31 chicks…

Exploring Paper

By Karen Robinette, Head Teacher
The children in the West room afternoon program explored paper. The exploration began during the winter quarter when one of the teachers brought in…

Songs of a Community

By Beth Wise, Music Resource Specialist and Head Teacher
For a week in July, the multi-purpose room at Bing School was once again transformed into a recording studio, as we recorded our third CD,…

Winter Staff Development Day

By Katie Smartt, Assistant Teacher
What’s going on at Bing? Each quarter, one day is set aside to further staff development, and this year’s winter staff development day took place on Februrary 17…

Spring Staff Development Day

By Liz Prives, Assistant Teacher
If there’s one thing Bing Nursery School teachers take very seriously, it’s play. So the spring staff development day was serious stuff for the teachers, especially since it went beyond theory to actual practice…

NAEYC Conference 2007

By Seyon Verdtzabella, Teacher
More than 20,000 early childhood professionals from around the world gathered in Chicago last November for the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC),…

CAEYC Conference

By Lars Gustafson, Teacher
A fear of nature is hazardous to children’s health, said child advocate and journalist Richard Louv, the keynote speaker at this year’s conference for the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)…

SCBWI Winter Conference

By Todd Erickson, Teacher
Educators of young children often read and reflect upon children’s literature. Given the vastness of the children’s literature world and, more specifically, its wide range of quality,…

A City That Values Its Children

By Svetlana Stanislavskaya, Enrollment Administrator
In the middle of July, Parul Chandra, Karen Robinette, Chia-wa Yeh and I traveled to Massachusetts to a conference about the extraordinary childhood education program in a city in Tuscany…

Dialogues for Quality in Education: The School as a Place of Research | Report of NAREA Conference

By Mary Munday, Teacher
Viewing the ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ exhibit is like going to the Grand Canyon,” began the opening speaker, Beth MacDonald, former co-chair of North American Reggio Emilia Alliance,…

Learning & the Brain Conference

By Beverley Hartman, Head Teacher
A conference on applying brain research to education inspired and invigorated the Bing teachers who attended. The conference, organized by the online academic community Learning & the Brain,…

Kindergarten Information Night

By Lars Gustafson, Teacher
The transition from preschool to kindergarten can be a challenging process for families. Parents want to make sure their children attend the right school and children worry about the difficulties of making new friends…

Teacher in Profile: Andrea Rees

By Karen Robinette, Head Teacher
Many people know Andrea Rees as a dedicated teacher at Bing Nursery School. But few know about her contributions to the local early childhood education community…

Harvest Moon Auction 2007

By Jennifer Winters, Assistant Director
Bing Nursery School’s annual Harvest Moon Auction raised $280,000 for the Bing Nursery School Scholarship and Enrichment Fund this past year. And once again, Helen and Peter Bing made a generous gift…