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Ready for Preschool? Ready, Set, Yes or No?

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A rainy Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Memorial Day weekend 2019. Family reflection. If you are a preschool, kindergarten teacher, aide, parent, grandparent, everybody, this blog is for you! Never did I think I would round out my teaching career in preschool, but I did. The kids taught me so much, a world of hand washing, […]

What If Early Childhood Professionals Pushed Back?

Recently I wrote about the uphill battle of advocating for children – especially around the topic of play. But, as you know, our battles these days concern not just play, but also developmentally appropriate practice in general! Sad but true. This hit home recently, when I was conducting my third professional development training for a […]

The 7 Voices of CJ EQ Pilot Program

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Last winter and Spring, I had the privilege of piloting my EQ program in a North Jersey preschool. The pilot is a great success and we have begun our 2nd year. Teachers love it, the children love being Creators of Joy (CJs). They could recite CJs 7 voices and how they made them feel, for […]

Life Lessons from Littles!

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How do you spell love? Literacy on little angel wings. Such joy, the most amazing learning experience of my life. Here’s my update, year two preschool, teaching kiddos emergent skills of reading and writing, well, a lot more than that. Never sure who’s teaching whom. A day in the passionate life, so to speak. Since […]

Teaching Littlest Kids To Read, Or Not?

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Littles say the funniest things. The other day I asked “What’s your Mommy’s name?” Reply- Mommy.” Get what you ask for, right? Childhood is a precious time. What’s the rush? I’m back at school, year two, one week in, hired under a Literacy Grant, a good thing and not so good. What’s great is I […]

Helping Young Children Deal with Disturbing News Coverage

It’s right in your face, 24/7… terrorist attacks, shootings, disasters, accidents, and violence. This can be upsetting for adults, not to mention children. Last week I couldn’t turn on any screen without seeing the eye-witness phone video of a state fair ride in a neighboring state, breaking apart and hurling riders to the ground. I […]

So…Outdoor Play at Child Care Centers Is Optional? Huh?

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On my way to work, I pass no fewer than 6 child care centers. As my life revolves around Early Childhood and young children, I am always interested in seeing what’s happening in programs in the community. It had been puzzling to me, no matter the weather or time of day, how few children I […]

4 Things I’m NOT Saying When I Speak About Developmentally Appropriate Practice

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When I get the chance to speak to groups about DAP I cover a lot of ground. I talk about things like: The importance of respecting childhood, the developmental process, and individual learners. The critical nature of appropriate, foundational early learning experiences. The danger of shifting perceptions and expectations for children in early childhood, in […]

Redshirting K: Yay or Nay?

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What’s the rush? Childhood is a precious time! “Redshirting”, not just in athletics. The competition is fierce. In Kindergarten! Mixed emotions. Interesting articles lately about redshirting. It’s way more common than I thought and it actually affects all of us, all grade levels. What a big decision. It’s more than birthday cut-off dates, or ‘maturity’. […]

Are You Listening? Preschool Matters!

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I just returned from our state’s annual Early Childhood Higher Education Summit feeling a mix of angry and frustrated. Our NAEYC state affiliate maintains a staff of attorneys and advocates who actively participate in legislative conversations and hearings dealing with early childhood education. This month, a bill comes up for a vote on whether or […]

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