SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

The Two Most Important Words When Changing Diapers: SLOW DOWN

  Since my last post I have started working at a new childcare center. I’m a lead teacher in a classroom of 7, soon to be 9, infants that range in ages from 4 – 14 months. I work with four teaching assistants who come into and leave the class throughout the day. The center… Continue reading The Two Most Important Words When Changing Diapers: SLOW DOWN

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Respecting what a child wants/needs and myself

Wow it has been awhile since I have posted! And so much as had happened. In the first week of September our center shut down and all of the teachers came to work for a week of professional development. This week was spent listening to presentations and preparing our classrooms for a new year. This… Continue reading Respecting what a child wants/needs and myself

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Technology and tots: some ideas from Priceless Parenting

I thrive off of learning, I love learning and learning about learning. I don’t know why it took me this long, but this past weekend I attended a free class at the library. Kathy Slattengren creator of Priceless Parenting presented on Healthy use of Technology for Tots. This is something I’ve thought a lot about… Continue reading Technology and tots: some ideas from Priceless Parenting

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A lesson from baby turtles: interrupting and listening

I apologize for not posting the past few weeks, a lot has happened! I went on vacation, got an apartment and got engaged! Very exciting stuff and I’m feeling overwhelmed with blessings. We went to Mexico for vacation and got the privilege to see baby turtles making their journey to the ocean. I watched as… Continue reading A lesson from baby turtles: interrupting and listening

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Power in our words: what words we use to describe children

I believe that the words we use to describe children, their behaviors, personalities and their emotions dictate how we view the child, respond and interact with them. We have to be careful to avoid using “negative” words when talking about a child. I strongly believe that when we speak these words we give them life… Continue reading Power in our words: what words we use to describe children

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Pacifiers?!

Some children naturally find ways to self-soothe, sucking on their thumb, other fingers, maybe a favorite blanket or lovey, rubbing silky tags between their fingers. Children are very creative! Some children need a little support figuring out what works and feels good for them. Some children find great comfort in using a pacifier and some… Continue reading Pacifiers?!

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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