Category Archives: Early Childhood

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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Working Together: Attitude

One factor that has a tremendous impact on the ability of teams to work together is ATTITUDE! Continue reading

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Working Together: A Word About Expectations

How does a director or leader of an early childhood program cultivate a climate in which people consistently do their best? Continue reading

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Working Together: Characteristics of Effective Teachers

If we’re going to teach young children, our aim should be high! What does it take to become an effective early childhood teacher and to excel in our profession? Continue reading

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Make Time to Talk with Children

Young children need practice engaging in conversation with the important adults in their lives. A shared conversation – a two-way dialogue – a back-and-forth. By our talking with them, they build their speaking and listening skills. They build important language skills, necessary for later reading and comprehension. The question for us is, “How do we do this effectively?” Continue reading

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Let them be Little

The longer I live, the less I understand 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? Can’t we slow things down – for our children? Can’t we celebrate the ordinary moments – that, as we know, are anything but ordinary! Can’t we follow the children’s lead in this? And, can we let them be little? Continue reading

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