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Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore



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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


Dr. Gloria Needlman discusses her book, "It's Not Forsythia, It's for Me: My Years Teaching Young Children," at the Co-op, located across the street from the former home of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Nursery School, where she taught for 17 years.

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About the book: "It's Not Forsythia, It's for Me: My Years Teaching Young Children" is a book for anyone involved in the lives of young children. Dr. Gloria Needlman, a 34 year, award winning nursery-kindergarten teacher, from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, shares insightful, innovative experiences that took place as, over the years, her hundreds of children played and learned about numbers, science, music, art and literature. Read about exposing youngsters to human rights, empathy, and fun cleaning up. Her creative projects are described, through stories and photographs, to motivate and to incorporate, as adults interact with youngsters at home or in schools. These inspired ideas should be reused for many more children than those who called the author, Mrs. Needlman.

About the author: Dr. Gloria Needlman, an award winning early childhood teacher has captured, through stories and photographs, her thirty four years of insightful, creative experiences that she developed with and for her hundreds of youngsters over the years in her classrooms at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Her teaching at Lab began as a Student Teacher in her senior undergraduate year at Roosevelt College (before it became a University) she was certified and taught in the Chicago Public Schools, and in a Hyde Park Coop Nursery School. Bringing her experienced background she was hired to be a Lab School teacher—her dream position. She taught for 18 years in the wonderful Woodlawn houses, then moved to teach third grade in what is now the historic Campus, formerly Blaine Hall, and had her nursery/kindergarten years in a spacious room which was hers until retirement. In the corner outside her room 110 she had had her Science Center which today is situated in the Earl Shapiro Early Childhood Center of Lab.

"It’s Not Forsythia It’s For Me: My Years Teaching Young Children" was written for teachers and parents so her innovative curriculum and passion for teaching would be available for parents, teachers and other adults who are fortunate enough to interact with nursery, kindergarten children in the future.

Over 50 of Needlman’s articles have been appeared in educational journals and teacher publications. She presented workshops across this country and in Canada, and continues to be in contact with many of the now adults who once sat on her lap, laughed and cried during those years in her classrooms.