self-esteem

I Think I Can! I Think I Can! Nurturing Children’s Self-Esteem

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Probably one of the best predictors of a child’s success in life is strong self-confidence and self-esteem. They will set high goals for themselves and believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to. This is an outcome we all want for our children, but for some, it may not come so easy. High […]

Emergent Learning: Antidote to the Push-Down Approach

The topic for my last Art, Music and Movement for Young Children class was Emergent Curriculum. I showed a video from Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education showcasing a project on balls. You can watch it here. Emergent Curriculum is a way of teaching through student interests. Suppose a group of toddlers […]

You’re Not As Good As You Think You Should Be

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Why would an educator make a statement like this? Especially one who proclaims to be positive and has even written a post or two on the subject. Because I am tired of beating myself up and watching others do the same. We are causing ourselves too much stress by basing our self-worth on best moments. […]

The Tragedy of Emotionally Abandoned Children: What They Grow Up Believing about Themselves

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Living in a neglectful home can have devastating effects on a child. The way he is treated, responded to, or ignored provides a strong undercurrent of messages that become part of his identity. He will lack self-confidence, self-esteem, and a basic understanding of himself. What this child has learned will follow him throughout his life, […]

Sensei!

Champions in school, champions at life. Respect. Thank you to our Sensei, master teacher for teaching us never-ending, continual improvement. “Kai Zen!” Karate classes, taught by Sensei, extraordinary meshing of kids and Instructor. Listen to the children with me, powering up their spirits with the sound of “Kiai”, sounds like kee-eye. Here we go! Outfits […]

Good Enough

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She was running late as it was, so there was no way that Jordan was going to be able to do her hair the way she had planned. As it was, there was barely enough time for her to throw her outfit in the dryer to try and get the wrinkles out. Why did Picture […]

Bringing Up Strong, Self-Reliant Girls

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I was one of the lucky ones. I had a mother who was strong, self-reliant, and compassionate. I watched her and what I learned has helped me in my life, my career, and my relationships with others. I don’t have any daughters to pay it forward, but there are elements of what I took from […]

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