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?
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
Some years ago a theory popped up – the theory of loose parts. Although this concept has been around and used a lot longer than its name, it’s now a mainstream idea. The practice of providing children with movable materials that have no specific purpose; that can be taken from area to area and put… Continue reading Why Use Loose Parts?
It’s a difficult conversation to have. One of the hardest conversations I’ve had to have with parents is suggesting their child might have special needs. When a child is not within the typical range for development, it’s important that we start the conversation. And the best place to start is to refer them to an… Continue reading Special Needs and Parents
Those of us who have worked with toddlers know that they bite. Some of them seem to follow the other children just waiting for an opportunity to lock on. But they really aren’t. The first step in preventing biting is to understand it. Why do toddlers bite? One reason, they don’t have the words to… Continue reading Biting Hurts!
Art has the power to move us. It can bring a smile or reduce us to tears. Some art is disturbing while another is comforting. Today is a day to ponder art as a way to fill our souls with joy. And for children, that comes in the process, not the product. It is the… Continue reading National Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
I taught a workshop this weekend on Creative Curriculum and putting it all together. Overall I thought it went pretty well. It was a great, interactive group that had some great ideas and worked well together. As I went over the feedback the next day it was a pretty dominant theme – there was a… Continue reading The Very Youngest in Our Charge