New Book by Peggy Broadbent Offers Early Childhood Educators Programs that Parallel Opportunities for Healthy Cognitive Growth.

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Peggy Broadbent's new book, Early Childhood Programs: Opportunities for Academic, Cognitive, and Personal Success, includes self-initiated learning through exploration, discovery and experimentation, and motivating academic programs

Peggy’s book describes programs designed to address a wide range of ages, intellectual levels, and abilities without limits for achievement. The programs she created and taught for many years were for first and second grade classes, the basis for this book written during her retirement. Many programs, with a different level of achievement, are appropriate for younger, older, and gifted students. A companion web site is included for observation and/or copying the materials discussed in the book. Upon reading Peggy’s book, another teacher may either adapt all or part of these programs as written or using the design of these programs, create one’s own. Peggy may be reached at: info(at)peggybroadbent(dot)com

Her programs include:

  • a daily Choice Time discussing how cognitive gains formed are the tools required for successful achievement in all academic areas.
  • how each beginning reader read her own book, and after supplying enough materials, guidance, and support each child taught herself to read
  • two language experience approaches for those in greatest need
  • a literature study with questions incorporating six levels of thinking with aspects of literature
  • building a town or a city providing the basis for learning reading skills through discussion and writing.
  • a writing program beginning with story writing and then including how writing is incorporated in many areas throughout the year
  • stimulating supplementary activities in the Math Program with problem solving, strategies, patterning, visual data, and fun games and activities
  • an extensive experiment with lima beans in the Science Program
  • for Social Studies an emphasis upon personal development, social interaction, and cultural awareness
  • a study of drama was learned after the class visited a professional theatre, then returned to the classroom to create and perform their own plays

Peggy Broadbent has a BS degree from Wheelock College in Boston and an MS degree from Syracuse University both majoring in Early Childhood Education. Throughout the years, she has taught all ages from nursery school through fourth grade. She also studied English Education at the Froebel Institute in London, England; presented numerous invited talks in courses at Syracuse University and at meetings of the New York State Reading Association; given workshops for teachers; and was accepted twice in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

Her daughter, Susan Broadbent the illustrator, has a BFA degree in illustration from Syracuse University. You can view her work at

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