Category Archives: For Early Childhood Directors

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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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

One of the most delightful and inspirational writers about life is Robert Fulghum. He writes with wit and wisdom – you will smile and nod as you read . Enjoy this excerpt from one of his most popular books, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, published in 1989. It begins – “Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there, in the sandbox at preschool.” Enjoy!
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Plotting the Course …

“How do you know when you’ve arrived, if you don’t know where you’re going?”
A good question, particularly for the one-in-charge – the director, the manager, the leader of the organization. But, unfortunately, a question not often asked. Sadly, many of us squander our precious time, energy, and resources spinning our wheels – just going through the motions of dealing with those things that demand our immediate attention. This will get us through the moment and perhaps the day, but there is no real feeling of satisfaction or accomplishment. We feel pushed and pulled in many directions, and no longer in control. Reactive! Playing defense!
There is another way. Continue reading

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Beginnings – A Shared Vision …

A good question to reflect upon at the beginning of each school year is this: What is important to us in our work with young children, their families, and one another?
Because, ultimately, shouldn’t we see evidence of what matters, what is important – in the child care center, and in each classroom? Shouldn’t the words in our philosophy, our mission statement, our goals, come to life? Shouldn’t we see, hear, and feel the reality of our conceptual thoughts and ideas?
Yes! Yes! And, yes! Continue reading

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