Category Archives: Early Childhood Teachers

Through a New Lens …

We have family living in Japan. We travel there, and when they come here to the states, they stay with us. It is a time of bridging two cultures, two languages, two ways of living – and in the process, building relationships.
And along the way, I have begun to see my home, my ways of doing things, my culture, my language, and my life through another’s eyes. More and more I am looking at everything around me through a news lens. And as I reflect, my personal experience mirrors my professional experience – what are my young children seeing, hearing, feeling, as I introduce them to new experiences in the classroom? Am I focused on ‘what I am doing’ or am I focused on ‘what the children are receiving’? I hope the latter … Continue reading

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Holidays as Early Childhood Curriculum …

From my vantage point as teacher, then director, and consultant to many, many early childhood programs, I often wonder why we use holidays as our curriculum with very young children … Continue reading

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Spaces and Places for Young Children—Thoughtfully Designed

I love creating aesthetically pleasing environments for children! I love the possibilities within each space! I love moving furniture to get just the right placement! I love finding the perfect container for our nature walk treasures! I love adding unique materials to the shelves! And, I love to watch the children discover all that is waiting to be discovered! Continue reading

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What’s the Hurry …

More than twenty-five years ago, I had the privilege of speaking with a professor from Tufts University. He had written a book, and was at our AEYC meeting. Little did I know then that my work with young children would be shaped by this chance discussion with David Elkind, author of “The Hurried Child”. Continue reading

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“Read the Air …”

We, in early childhood education, can also tap into this practice. “Reading the air” easily applies to the way we enter a classroom of young children; how we join a group of preschoolers already at play; and how we enter a conversation between colleagues. Do we enter quietly, respectfully, and take in all that is happening within the space? Do we observe and listen first? And then, do we enter in a way that “fits” with what is already happening? Do we “read the air?” Continue reading

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Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

Reading aloud to children before they start school is a win/win situation for all concerned. The research is in. There are huge gains to be made—for children and adults alike. I’ll spend the next few minutes hopefully inspiring you to read, read, read aloud to the young children in your life and, as Mem Fox says, “change the world one page at a time.” Continue reading

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Helping Children Make Friends

A preschool classroom isn’t a community unless every child has at least one friend.
We have found that children need three types of skills to make and keep friends. They must be able to establish contact with another child; they must be able to maintain a positive relationship; and they must be able to negotiate when a conflict arises.
And, this is where we teachers come in. By coaching and teaching, we can help children practice the skills they need to make friends.
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Make Time to Talk with Children

Talking with children makes a difference! “The more that adults intentionally make time for talking and sharing experiences, the more support there is for children’s language development and later reading comprehension success.” from the National Institute for Literacy
Are you making time to talk? Continue reading

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Let them be Little…

The longer I live, the less I understand the rationale behind the “rushing,” the “hurriedness,” the “sense of urgency” that accompanies everything we do today. Why the fast lane? Where are we going? What are we racing to? Continue reading

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The 20th Reunion at the John Hancock Child Care Center

It has been eight years since our John Hancock Child Care Center in Boston closed. As we were all saddened by the corporate decision, we were determined to make our last months memorable. The following is from my journal entry of June, 2010.
“On a recent summer afternoon—a Saturday—when so many other events are planned, they came to ours! Hundreds of people attended. Unbelievable! The line to the front door stretched down the block! The perfect celebration for our 20 years as the John Hancock Child Care Center. And, it was quite the party! Continue reading

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