SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

Toddlers and Sunscreen: who knew it could be a great combo?!

After taking the RIE foundations course (if you’re interested in learning more about it or taking the course check out the website for more information) a saying that played over and over in my brain was SLOW DOWN. There are days and times when I listen and I do slow down but then there are… Continue reading Toddlers and Sunscreen: who knew it could be a great combo?!

Improving my Teaching Practice

Check in #1: responding to testing behaviors

Last week I posted about a new self talk strategy I’ve been trying out. If you haven’t read my post yet, check it out! Before I let you know how it’s been going, here is a little more information about where I got the phrase “limit, acknowledge, follow through” from. Steps I Recommend 1. Clearly… Continue reading Check in #1: responding to testing behaviors

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Attention span: have you thought about it lately?

I learned so much from taking the RIE foundations course. There were so many things I did not know before the course or did not think about that much. One piece of information I didn’t think enough about before was an infant’s attention span. Magda Gerber states “It’s a misconception that babies have short attention… Continue reading Attention span: have you thought about it lately?

Improving my Teaching Practice

My new self talk when responding to testing toddlers

  Today I read Janet’s latest post, Don’t leave a testing toddler hanging, she could not have written this at a better time (at least for me!). I have to say this week was a little tricky in my classroom, a LOT of testing behavior was happening. In times like these, when the testing behavior… Continue reading My new self talk when responding to testing toddlers

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Boredom: is this baby bored or am I?

As I said in my last post (open ended materials), I’m a firm believer that young children do not get bored. I believe boredom can be taught but, that naturally babies do not get bored. Magda Gerber states, “I think what is typically called boredom is tiredness, lack of interest in what is present, or… Continue reading Boredom: is this baby bored or am I?

Classroom Environment

Open Ended Materials

One thing that I am very proud of is how intentional I am about choosing materials for the classroom. This is something I fully credit to the RIE foundations course and to a great support system around me; I have several people (including my wonderful co-teachers) that help me think about what I should bring… Continue reading Open Ended Materials

Building Relationships

Connections and Acknowledgements

As you can tell, I’ve been thinking a lot about acknowledgment. This is something that I struggle with, especially in the moments when a child gets upset about something I believe is silly. Thanks to great books, Magda Gerber’s work, and the wonderful people around me I have been able to work on acknowledging child’s… Continue reading Connections and Acknowledgements