It's almost August and millions of kids, teachers, and parents are preparing for back-to-school time. I'm an educator, but also a parent of six and a grandparent to five young girls. As a teacher, I strive to meet my students just where they are. Real connections with kids take time, energy, lots of patience, and great love. I've learned that passion and heartfelt care for kids go further toward … [Read more...] about Super Kids Movement: Embrace Every Kid’s Light in the World!
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The painting of the black and gold in the photo hangs in my office at home. My daughter, Christina, painted that canvas years ago. I've always thought it was unique, but I didn't really understand why she painted it or what she meant when she did, until recently. If you've read my book, Forever Namaste, you are aware that strange "coincidences" happen in my life after Christina died. I'm nudged or … [Read more...] about Kintsukuroi Art and Child Loss: Fusing a Broken Heart with Gold
Welcome to the Wednesday #TeachECE series. Each Wednesday throughout the year, we partner with other Early Childhood professionals to offer you tips, suggestions, and activities designed just for ECE. This week’s articles are centered around a BODY theme for use at home or in early childhood classrooms. Earlier this month, I had a chance to poll parents, childcare providers, and ECE … [Read more...] about Helping Kids Manage BIG Emotions in Preschool and Beyond!
If you are new to articles from The Early Childhood Education Team, you'll find tips, tricks, activities, and playful learning ideas centered around a changing weekly theme. Each Wednesday throughout the school year, we'll partner with some of the best educational bloggers to bring you, our valued readers, tools to use at home, in a childcare setting, or in the classroom! This week, the … [Read more...] about Teaching Responsibility in Preschool Through Practical Life Skills! #TeachECE
This week, The Early Childhood Education Team is offering tips and suggestions for MAKING FRIENDS in preschool! As an educator, I've had many conversations over the years with parents of children who are concerned their child may not know how (or are scared) to make friends with others. With a few suggestions and helpful advice, parents can encourage and guide their children to develop early … [Read more...] about Tips for Helping Preschoolers BE a Good Friend! #TeachECE
While many parents are glad that school time is just around the corner, it can be a bittersweet time too! The casual days of summer often give way to the hectic pace of lunches, homework, paperwork, backpacks, extra activities...the list goes on and on. Today, the Early Childhood Education Team is offering Back to School Tips, Tricks, and Activities to help get kids (and parents) off to a great … [Read more...] about Back to School Tips for Parents PLUS Printable Morning Chart!