I know I post A LOT about staying unruffled with toddlers and how I’m always trying to keep my cool. This is by far the hardest part of my job. I know that toddlers test the people they have the strongest connection with, I know it’s a sign of feeling safe, I know that testing… Continue reading Testing Behavior, Asking for help and How we respond
On Monday I put water in the sensory table with a large strainer, some small bowls and two scoops. I put in enough water so the children could easily pour and scoop the water. I had just read the post by Janet Lansbury, 9 Best Ways to Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers , so I… Continue reading Water table: staying unruffled and a little negotiation
A majority of my posts last year were categorized under improving my teaching practice. One thing I will always love about being a teacher is that you can always be better, you are always learning new ways of teaching and you truly are a lifelong learner. I embrace this part of teaching. Along with this… Continue reading No Turning Back
As you can tell from my last post, I’ve been thinking a lot about sharing. I don’t believe in forcing children to share; I believe in protecting a child’s right to play. I try to handle struggles over toys through sports casting. This is where you stay close to the children and state exactly what… Continue reading Toy struggles and developing mutual respect
I recently read the chapter called “it’s ok not to share” in the book It’s OK not to share by Heather Shumaker. I already have a strong view point about sharing. I think that young children shouldn’t be expected to share. It’s such a big idea to understand and I think that children don’t fully… Continue reading Sharing starts with understanding Ownership
Ice is a hot thing in our classroom; I mean a REALLY hot thing. You can’t say the word ice without at least 3 children asking for it. We give ice to the children when they get a bump that swells almost instantly, when they bite their lip or bump it and it starts to… Continue reading Ice cubes: determined children and creative thinkers
I’ve been thinking a lot about how we share our own emotions with children, especially our big emotions like frustration, anger, over excitement, sadness and so on. I know as educators we are asked to leave our emotions at the door but this is so hard to do! I agree with this idea but at… Continue reading How do we share OUR feelings with children?
I’m continuing my reading in “it’s OK not to share” by Heather Shumaker. I recently read the chapter titled “Let kids hit and kick.” It really got me thinking about how we support children in expressing their anger. I strongly believe in helping children through their emotions rather than trying to fix them. Every child… Continue reading How do we support children in expressing their anger?
I dressed up as a salmon for Halloween and my boyfriend was a fisherman. He’s an avid angler in real life and mostly fishes for salmon, so I thought it was pretty funny. I worked really hard cutting out felt scales and gluing them onto the t-shirt I got. After I finished my project, I… Continue reading What does our touch say?
I’m still working on using our sensory table and not letting it become a wasted space. I have to say I feel pretty proud of myself! With the help of my co-teacher, we have had the sensory table filled with explorations just about every morning. I will admit that I have been slacking on letting… Continue reading My sensory table mission: check in #1