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 is extended learning?
Rene Hackney: Extended learning is taking what you read about in a book and then of using it in real life or extending it in some way to your days. So, let us say you have read the book Blueberries For Sal , you might then make blueberry muffins together or you might go get a teddy bear and have a teddy bear pick based on the bears in the book. Anything the Mouse Paint Book where it is all about mixing colors, you might then go to a paint mixing project or a construction paper project where you are mixing colors like they were in the book. It allows children to learn more in depth about what they just read and that makes reading much more interesting.