Category Archives: Early Childhood Curriculum

Beyond the Book—Creating Your Vision

So, how do we directors begin? With the end in mind. We visualize what our programs will be like when they are running the way we would like them to run – in as much detail as we can dream up. We really see the end result of our work. We sketch, write – whatever gets our creativity going. We take our time and think about everything that matters in the course of a day, week, month, year. For example …. Continue reading

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Beyond the Book …

With the publication and release of my early childhood leadership book, “Beginning to End” – the life cycle of a child care center, these next posts will share a bit more information, tips, strategies … beyond the book. Continue reading

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“Beginning to End”—The Life Cycle of a Child Care Center

After 40+ years in the field of Early Childhood Education – from teacher to director to consultant to author, I am so pleased to introduce my new book to you! “Beginning to End” is the book I needed when I accepted my first position as Director of a hospital child development center. I could have used a roadmap to help me navigate the ins and outs of being a leader and of building an education organization. This is that book! Continue reading

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My New Adventure …

From early childhood teacher to director, to consultant, to published author – writing, in order to share what I have learned during my 40+ year career, has become my new adventure. This is my first book! Continue reading

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Planting Your Garden …

I don’t know who originally created the following “garden”, but beyond the play on words that brings a smile, there is wisdom and guidance here for all of us. Continue reading

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Keys to Success … Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the tremendous impact of attitude in a work environment. Hard work and knowledge will get you close, but a positive attitude will get you to the top!

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Keys to Quality …

Every now and then I come across an article that fits beautifully with our work toward quality early education and care. Here, then, are the twelve characteristics of effective early childhood teachers. When one combines these characteristics with both knowledge and skill, you have the makings of an excellent teacher. Continue reading

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Working Together: Building a Team

I love to watch flocks of geese flying over my house in their familiar “V” formation. Graceful. Perfectly spaced. And honking. Within this post, I’ll share what some believe about why geese fly the way they do. And then, and more importantly, what we can learn from them. Enjoy the quick read! Continue reading

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The Delicate Balance Between Work and Life …

How do we balance the demands of our work and our life? Strategies, tips, short-cuts, realistic expectations, setting priorities, managing stress, and cutting ourselves some slack in the process of living and working help greatly. Here are some resources … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings …

I love both endings and beginnings!
Both give me an opportunity to take stock of my Life. Both give me an opportunity to begin again – to take from last year what I now want in my Life. To remember those things that went especially well. And yes, to reflect upon those things that didn’t go as well as I had thought. To end and then begin again is energizing! And, it makes my Life interesting! Continue reading

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