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Mollie H.M. Willis

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Raise Your Play IQ™ is written by Mollie H.M. Willis, M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, an early learning consultant to Dupage Children's Museum. Ms. Willis has more than ten years of experience in early learning including preschool administration and teaching. She can be reached through the museum at admin@dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

Raise Your Play IQ – Algebra at DCM?! Algebra at Home?!

Algebra in the early years establishes the necessary groundwork for ongoing and future mathematics learning. ~ Jennifer Taylor-Cox Author, Educator, and Curriculum Developer Jennifer Taylor-Cox offers...

Raise Your Play IQ – My Colorful Plate & Young Children: Encouraging Healthy Food...

In recent years the United States Department of Agriculture has moved from the Food Pyramid to MyPlate to help guide our portions and food...

Raise Your Play IQ – Emotional Intelligence

Almost 20 years ago, Daniel Goleman popularized the term Emotional Intelligence (EI). His best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Matters More than IQ, informed...

Raise Your Play IQ – Engaging the color of fall

It is October in Naperville. The temperatures fluctuate and the weather is inconsistent. What a great time to savor the colors of fall! Orange,...

Raise Your Play IQ – Transition Time! Tips for Parents and Caregivers

School is in session; fall schedules are in play, yet it is not too late to help your young ones adjust to all the...

Raise Your Play IQ – S.T.E.M.: Focus on Technology

Technological tools including phones, screens, tablets, and computers have become great resources for many of us in recent years. Technology connects us to people...

Raise Your Play IQ – Common Household Items = Tools for Learning?

Many of us are familiar with reduce, reuse, and recycle—but don’t forget repurpose! You might be surprised to know that many items you have...

Raise Your Play IQ – Incorporating the weather into early learning adventures

The weather can be a wonderful way to introduce children to many ideas and concepts. Children love to stomp in puddles, build snow forts,...

Raise Your Play IQ – 10 ways babies learn when we sing with them!

Bonding – When you sing to your baby, she/he bonds with you and your voice. Singing makes yours the first and most important voice...

Raise Your Play IQ – Dispositions to learning in young children

A disposition can be described as a habitual inclination or tendency. As it relates to learning, one might think about a child's inclination to...

Raise Your Play IQ – When the Weather Gives Us Cold Temperatures…Make Frozen Bubbles!

The weather this winter has indeed thrown us all into shoveling, staying warm, and survival mode! Rest assured, I am confident that spring is...

Raise Your Play IQ – Mirrors, Mirrors

For young children, mirrors can be truly magical. Whether children are discovering a reflection of themselves or seeing bright lights and colors bounce from...

Raise Your Play IQ – The Power of Movement

The New Year is here and many of us are talking about moving more—to reduce weight, to increase energy, and to take better care...

Raise Your Play IQ – Brain building through repeat experiences

Early experiences are incredibly valuable for a child! As a matter of fact, the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child at Harvard University...

Raise Your Play IQ – Make Way for Music

There has been much said about music and the effect on the brain. It was not so long ago that what many call Mozart...

Raise Your Play IQ – Texture Time: Using the senses to engage young...

What can you do with foil, crayons, fabrics, dough, or sand? Would the potential mess deter you from using these “tools”? What if learning...

Raise Your Play IQ – Toys & Household Items = Innovative Tools for...

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Our children know it. We are familiar with it. Reusing and repurposing household items is something many families find necessary and...

Raise Your Play IQ – Decisions, decisions!

We all make decisions each day. Some have become automatic and some take careful thought and planning—What will I wear today? What will I...

Raise Your Play IQ – Visual processing: Seeing is learning…or is it?

Do you ever wonder if children are affected by what they see? What are they really thinking? Getting to conclusive answers is difficult at...

Raise Your Play IQ – Encouraging young scientists

The scientific method is a process that scientists use to answer questions of all types. In its most basic sense, the scientific method involves...

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