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The Purple Bucket

I’m working on some research on how trauma effects children. It is easy to get caught up in the “big” traumas. Abuse, neglect, separation from family. In our adult eyes those are the ones that matter, while things like a … Continue reading

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Sandbox Heretic

Last week I reflected on “rule breaking” in early childhood. To prove I’m not all talk I wanted to share this story… “Keep the sand in the sandbox!” An adult voice called out. It was the rule, it had been … Continue reading

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“Hands On” Art

The first child picked up the brush and dunked it in the paint. As the paint dripped off onto her hand she ran the brush back and forth spreading a thick coat all over her hand and arm. She was … Continue reading

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Setting Expectations

  “Setting expectations” is part of classroom management 101. What they mean is, getting the kids comfortable with the routines and with how they are supposed to behave at various points in the day. What I think is often left … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

Young children can do amazing things when they have the time. You’ll read article after article talking about how we over schedule our kids and we need to slow down and simplify. However, I think it goes even farther then … Continue reading

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You Should Make Him Share

“You should make him share” It was said  in a stage whisper, so that I could hear it but also so the little boy’s caregiver could hear it. I understood her reasoning. He had mounds of clay, a mountain of … Continue reading

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What do YOU think?

“Look Mama, the water is going down the drain” “Oh yeah, you are making a channel for the water” “What is a channel?” “What do you think it is?” “Hm, it is like a long conveyor belt for water!” And … Continue reading

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STEAM in Action

“Mama look!” My son called to my excitedly “I built a truck with stabilizers!” Sure enough, out of his magnet blocks he had constructed a perfect replica of a truck he had seen on a favorite TV show. “Those help … Continue reading

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But When Will They WRITE?!?

The picture is a little blurry, but let me see if I can “set the scene” for you. In the bath the other night my 3.5 year old was playing with a squirt bottle. “LOOK Mama!” He shouted excitedly “I … Continue reading

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Nature Walk Made Simple

Getting children outside to experience and learn from nature doesn’t take a lot of tools or preparation…it doesn’t even take a lot of nature. It mostly takes time, questions and a willingness to get a little messy. What shouldn’t stop … Continue reading

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