I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted anything here! But I have been busy. The training sessions are up and running with four ready to go. I’ve been at the ORAEYC (the Oregon branch of the National Association for the Education of Young Children) fall conference, I’ll be doing a session in… Continue reading Up and Running
So how do pirates talk? Today is a day to have fun with the kids and the other teachers. Let parents know ahead of time and dress up like a pirate. Practice your pirate vocabulary ahead of time so you can teach your class, Pirate Speak. Here are some words with their translations: Ahoy –… Continue reading International Talk like a Pirate Day
The Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children is registering for the fall conference now! Click here to go to their website to register. ORAEYC Fall Conference 2018 In Partnershp with the CCR&R of Multnomah County October 12 & 13 at Mt. Hood Community College
When I started this journey to do training, I joined several facebook groups for preschool teachers. I wanted to get an idea of what things they were interested in and what questions they might have. I am so surprised at how many posts ask questions like, “What’s the best way to teach two-year olds the… Continue reading What is Developmentally Appropriate? DAP
I belong to several facebook groups for preschool and child care. I’ve read things about behavior and “following my directions” or “stopping bad choices”. And if the children don’t comply, they are sent to the “quiet” area or the director’s office until they are willing to do so. It makes me sad that so many… Continue reading “Bad Choices” – What does behavior mean?
As the director of a center, I get to do a lot of watching. The last few weeks I’ve seen some things that disturb me. So many adults treat children disrespectfully. And I wonder why that is.
Young children need to run. They need to play. They need to cooperate. So how do we meet all these needs and still promote positive development in our kids? Organized sports are OK. They do teach cooperation. But they also lead to frustration (I’m not good enough) and they put a lot of pressure on… Continue reading Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports
Watching the metamorphosis of butterflies is fascinating! Every spring we purchase painted lady butterfly larva (another word for caterpillars) from InsectLore. They come in a little cup with the food in the bottom. We place the cup on the front counter with information about the caterpillars and what’s going on in there. With each stage… Continue reading Growing Butterflies
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a good time to show your child’s teachers how much they matter. These are the people we trust to care for your children while we are away at work and to impart knowledge. We expect them to be well-educated at what they do, have immeasurable patience, and always be cheerful… Continue reading National Teacher Appreciation Week
Boy there’s a day for everything! A Picnic day! But its fun to create small celebrations that just happen to celebrate our daily life. Our children learn from our own behavior and if we are excited about all the small things in life, they will be too! I don’t know about where you live, but… Continue reading National Picnic Day