Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: What are benefits of Outings?
Rene Hackney: Outings help with building early language by giving children a wider of variety of language. When you go out to the Pumpkin Patch with a 16-month old you are giving them language like pumpkins and corn and cows, where they ve maybe not heard some of those words before. This is a benefit that seems throughout childhood, not just in the earlier years.
I thought about this when we took our own girls who were six and nine Loray Caverns, they were hearing about the stalactites and stalagmites and cave words some spelunking, things that they would never have heard other places. So, those outings tend to just expand their language. So, when children are really young, it means taking them to the grocery stores and to the farmer s market, to the bank and just talking to them about all that they are seeing and doing.