About Jacki Leader

Jacki Leader has been involved in the field of Early Childhood Education for many years and in many different positions. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and her Masters in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University. She has been an adjunct instructor for University of Cincinnati’s online ECE program since 2002 and currently works with student teachers. She also teaches at Cincinnati State. She is a consulting trainer for 4Cs as well as a private early childhood consultant. Previously, she was the director and lead preschool teacher at Miami University Hamilton’s Campus Kids for over 11 years. Jacki is also the accreditation and quality chair for Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children.

Fall is in the Air: Observe, Explore, Document

The change in the temperature has signified that fall is upon us.  The crisp air and cooler temperatures bring significant observable changes outside.  A wonderful and common activity to do with children in the fall is to observe the changing … READ MORE

Explore Musical Intelligence

“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”  – Jules Combarieu Many years ago, I had a boy in my program who loved to dump out the toys in the bins, turn the bins over, and drum to his heart’s … READ MORE

Explore Existential Intelligence and Nature

  One of my favorite nature advocates, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, explains the importance of children’s connections to nature below:   “Wonder is when you are 3-4 years old, you go out in your backyard, … READ MORE

5 Best Ways to Welcome Spring with Your Senses

Spring is upon us, and our senses will be barraged with the sights and sounds of the changing season. What a great time to explore the emergence of spring through our 5 senses!  Consider what spring opportunities you can offer … READ MORE

What Can Children Learn from Animal Tracks?

It is a special thrill when a child finds an animal track outside.  When you happen upon one, you realize you have discovered a visible clue: who came before us? where did they go? will they return? If you are … READ MORE