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Jody Martin

Jody Martin

Jody Martin has a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and 25 years of extensive and diverse experience in the early childhood field. She taught preschool, directed a childcare center and worked at the corporate offices of two national childcare companies. She has also authored articles for several early childhood publications and a book on health and safety. She is a dynamic presenter and recognized leader in the field of early childhood education with a commitment to providing quality programs for children.

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"The role of the teacher is to put the child upon the right road to his own perfection and encourage him to follow it, watching, suggesting, helping, but not imposing or interfering."

Kireet Joshi

 

The trend to consider the “whole” child when teaching has been at the forefront of early childhood education for years and is definitely making a positive impact on how early childhood professionals teach children and meet their needs. As I mentioned in my last post, if we truly want to meet all the needs of children, we need to take this trend one step further and look at helping children to be more “connected” and to nurture that feeling of being a part of something bigger. In order to prepare children for the future, we need to incorporate a philosophy that lets them know that there is interrelatedness, and that everything is intimately connected with everything else.

 

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In this day and age, when you hear the word "connected" or think about "being connected," you more than likely think about being connected online or to some kind of multi-media device. But if you are like me (a true technophobe—it stressed me out to create this blog), you will be relieved to know that I have no intention of going in that direction. Instead, what I'm referring to by "being connected" is that feeling of being a part of something bigger. I strongly feel that in order to prepare children for the future, we need to incorporate a philosophy that lets them know that there is an interrelatedness, and that everything is intimately connected with everything else.

 

In the early childhood industry, we talk a lot about educating the "whole" child and refer to the four developmental domains: physical, social/emotional, cognitive and communicative. I think we need to step it up and not only look at the body, emotions, and mind, but include soul and spirit as well. We need to somehow unite the ancient educational goal of self-knowledge with the modern-day goal of world knowledge.

I believe that every human being is essentially a spiritual being, or soul, who is born with a mind and body. I also believe that in order to help children realize their highest and true potential, we need to integrate these parts of human nature into the way we teach the children in our care. Miriam Mason Martineau, author and parent, raises the question, "Can we raise children that will not need to get over their childhoods?" I add to that question, “Can we raise children that will not need to get over their ‘school’ hood?”

 

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