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?


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!)


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

Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum · Observation & Assessment

What is Developmentally Appropriate? DAP

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

Understanding & Guiding Behavior

“Bad Choices” – What does behavior mean?

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?