Building Relationships

It starts with the Parents

In the RIE® foundations course I learned that when caregiving, the relationship doesn’t start with the child, it starts with the parents. The parent is trusting you with their child, their child that they love so much, that they would do anything for, that means the world to them. They are trusting a stranger, or… Continue reading It starts with the Parents

Building Relationships · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

Art and the Power of Observation

  Last week I shared that I presented with a co-worker on Graphic representation and Sensitive observation. For me to prepare for the presentation I needed to collect data. So a few weeks before the conference I started putting out more drawing experiences for the children. In the afternoons, I would sit down at a… Continue reading Art and the Power of Observation

Building Relationships · Improving my Teaching Practice

A Gentle Reminder: Giving Our Full Attention

I have posted on giving children 100% of our attention before. Giving a child all of our attention tells them that they are important to us, what they are doing is important and that we appreciate what they are able to do right now. Even though I talk and think about this idea a lot… Continue reading A Gentle Reminder: Giving Our Full Attention

Building Relationships · Improving my Teaching Practice

Give and take of Negotiation

Right before the winter break all of the teachers who work with one year olds in our school, along with our wonderful supervisor, got to meet with Polly (a RIE associate and a really great person!). If you ever get the chance to hear her speak, DON’T pass it up. Polly said many great things… Continue reading Give and take of Negotiation

Building Relationships · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

Observation: how we learn who a child really is

   “Our method, guided by respect for the infant’s competence, is observation. We observe carefully to understand the infant’s communications and his needs. The more we observe, the more we understand and appreciate the enormous amount and speed of learning that happens during the first two or three years of life. We become more humble,… Continue reading Observation: how we learn who a child really is

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