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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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Little Pitchers Have Big Ears: Helping Children Deal with Tragedies

When there is a tragedy, those of us who have or work with young children have two simultaneous responses. We are personally reacting and grieving and we are also trying to plan for how to help the little people in … Continue reading

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Affection is Never Mandatory

“Mama! Look! She likes it!” I peek over the stroller to see my daughter sticking her foot in her brother’s face. He grabs it, tickles it, then she laughs and pulls it away before sticking it right out again. “Your … Continue reading

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First Day/Last Day

This picture is a reminder to myself that children develop in fast leaps and in slow and steady climbs. On the right it says “My Last Day of School” and is filled with the careful script of my almost-four-year-old.  On … 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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Purposeful Mess

“So, how do you feel about mess?” It’s a question I pose during my workshops on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for early childhood educators. I love it because you get an immediate visual reaction from everyone.  Some of … Continue reading

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