Learning Environments & Curriculum

It’s Dragon Appreciation Day!

Do you like dragons? I do – and I haven’t met a child that didn’t! Today is a day to celebrate the Dragon! So just how DO you appreciate a dragon? Start the day with your morning circle and ask the children, who likes dragons? Ask them to tell you what a dragon is – … Continue reading It’s Dragon Appreciation Day!

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Child Directed Play

My office was next to the playground. I could look out the window and watch the kids play. One day a couple of months ago I happened to look out and saw a toddler picking up leaves and moving them to a pile she had started in the corner of the play yard. I watched… Continue reading Child Directed Play

Human Growth & Development

What do you need? A trainer’s quest…

I wrote a similar post in August, 2018 – but it’s amazing to me how many people simply don’t understand. I still keeping hearing many misconceptions! So here it is again – different words, same idea.  Developmentally Appropriate! I’m poling as many people and groups as I can to find out what kind of training… Continue reading What do you need? A trainer’s quest…

Human Growth & Development

How do You Listen?

Did you know the day after Thanksgiving is the National Day of Listening? I didn’t know either. In 2008, an organization called StoryCorp launched a day set aside for families to take time to tell and record their stories. It’s a day to interview each other and share a family history. But when I first… Continue reading How do You Listen?

Celebrations

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving   May your home be filled with love and blessings.   Thanksgiving is the day to relax with family, revel in the blessings we have and partake of food together. I have so many blessing in my life – A close knit family that genuinely cares about each other A roof over my… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrations · Learning Environments & Curriculum

Thanksgiving Activities (and books!)

Thanksgiving is almost here! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I’m sure most everyone already has most of their activities planned for this holiday and here are some more ideas!       Have a family potluck – Invite families to bring a dish to share with your class that is… Continue reading Thanksgiving Activities (and books!)

Inspiration

Up and Running

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

Learning Environments & Curriculum

International Talk like a Pirate Day

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