Improving my Teaching Practice

Testing Behavior, Asking for help and How we respond

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

Classroom Environment · Improving my Teaching Practice

Water table: staying unruffled and a little negotiation

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

Improving my Teaching Practice

Toy struggles and developing mutual respect

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

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Sharing starts with understanding Ownership

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

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Ice cubes: determined children and creative thinkers

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

Children and Emotions · Improving my Teaching Practice

How do we share OUR feelings with children?

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?

Children and Emotions

How do we support children in expressing their anger?

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?

Improving my Teaching Practice · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

What does our touch say?

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?

Classroom Environment

My sensory table mission: check in #1

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