Outside!

I love when the weather changes and it allows us to spend more time outside. Kids love to play outside! And teachers love outdoor time too. It’s a relaxing, stress reducing, tension relieving part of the day and the time in which development and learning takes place. Physical development is evident outdoors as children learn […]

One of these things

One of these things is not like the other. I have been given opportunity this year for many grants. Two of them came with the materials already picked out. I am not going to get on here sounding all ungrateful but my materials in my family child care home are unique. The first box of […]

Looking for Learners

Today was much like every other day. I spent sone of my morning doing observations and taking notes. You don’t have to look far to see the learning taking place. Like here where Josseline was mixing paints in a bowl and each time got excited when a new color appeared. She kept exclaiming “ I […]

Outside Anyone?

After my Facebook post “defending play” conversation yesterday I felt empowered to honor my kids today by letting them have extra outside time. Isn’t it crazy that anyone would have to argue that 3-5 year olds should be allowed to play and enjoy their childhood instead of learn all the skills they will need in […]

Why Not Suess?

Most of you have been with me for a while but some of you were here when I used to celebrate every holiday that came around in such a big way. There’s the old saying that says “ when you know better you do better.” And now that I know better and know more about […]

On the road again

Have you ever thought about how much time you and your child spend in transit each day? What do you do when you drive a car and you and your child are together during that time? With a little planning, your journeys can become shared moments of fun. Before you go to the store, for […]

The gift of laughter

Humor is an important lives. As a form of intellectual play, it grows more sophisticated with age. The kind of humor children express depends, in part, on the level of cognitive development they have achieved. A child’s first experiences humor in the second year of life in the context of playing with objects. A three-year-old […]

The Rewarding Ritual of Reading Aloud

Parents are children’s first and most influential teachers. Reading together is one of the earliest shared experiences of parents and children. When you read a story to a child, you are her reading teacher. Children learn to read by being read to. Research shows that early and good readers come from homes where reading is […]

Legos and Playdough

Children are not born with fine motor control. The process does being early, when infants and toddlers reach for and grasp objects. But development and coordination of wrist and finger muscles – necessary for hand writing later – Come slowly and require lots of practice. Adults can help develop fine motor control by providing appropriate […]

Teaching What Love Is

Children are born without biases about other people of any race, culture, gender, or disability. We sometimes wonder if we can raise children without prejudices just by leaving well enough alone and making sure not to pass on the negative attitudes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way; societies messages are too pervasive. As parents and […]