Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum

The Week of the Young Child

If you aren’t a member of NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children), I highly recommend you join. They have an abundance of resources and help to keep child care professionals updated on new research and laws. And every year they promote the Week of the Young Child #woyc19, “advocating for a… Continue reading The Week of the Young Child

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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…

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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?

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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

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Why Use Loose Parts?

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?

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Special Needs and Parents

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

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Biting Hurts!

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!