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
I hate when my room or any other part of our apartment is dirty. I can’t stand clutter and I start to lose my mind. I’m the same way with the classroom. I like the books to be lined in a certain way, the kitchen materials to be put away nicely and the cloth napkins… Continue reading Cleaning up: a child’s right to be reflective
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
Last week I talked a little bit about the RIE® conference in my post. Along with learning about my oh-hum mode I also learned about helping children regulate their aggression. I got the privilege to hear Ruth Anne Hammond speak on Regulating aggression in young children: working with their instincts, not against them. One of… Continue reading Self-regulation: Is it really about self?
My mom and I had a long car ride this weekend, she is a teacher also (first grade), so we got to talking about behaviors in the classroom. We have quite a few friends that are teachers or work in a school setting and if feels like everyone has been talking about how behavior problems… Continue reading How much is too much?….control
I’ve been thinking about art experiences with toddlers a lot recently. In my class (children 21 months- 2.5 years) we have been offering more painting experiences lately. Something that really bothers me is writing or drawing on children’s work. I’m not really sure why it bothers me so much but it does! I think of… Continue reading Sharing one of my pet peeves
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
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?!
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
One of the reasons I started this blog is because I feel that I’m called to make an impact in how infants and toddlers are cared for. I’m not sure what this impact is and I was hoping that the blog would help me figure it out. Over the weekend I presented at my first… Continue reading A little bit about me