Category Archives: Early Childhood Teachers

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
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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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A Look Back …

As Director of an early childhood program, are you creating a environment for magic? Continue reading

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The Image of a Child

In Reggio Emilia there is much discussion around the principle – The Image of the Child. For it is the point from which all teaching and learning begin. How much time have we spent thinking about our image of the child? And, do our early childhood settings reflect the image we hold? Continue reading

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Building a Team: The Developmental Stages of a Teacher

When designing staff development opportunities, directors of early childhood programs must know the individual members of their teams. And, if developmental events are to really make a positive impact, they must, as a first step in assessing training needs, observe and reflect upon the ages and stages of these teachers. Continue reading

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Building a Team: The First Days – Orientation

When it comes to building a team and adding to our staff, I put a lot of effort into the “new” teacher’s first week. When people know what is expected of them, when they know who, what, where, when, why, and how about the child care center, they begin their work more confidently. Continue reading

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Building a Team

All this summer, I watched many flock of geese fly over my house in their familiar “V” formation. Consider what some believe about why geese fly the way they do. And then, consider what we can learn from them … Continue reading

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Building a Team: First Things First …

When it comes to hiring, leave no stone unturned – look everywhere! Continue reading

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