Monday, Monday

Today was a really good day.   It didn’t seem like a Monday at all.  ( Whatever that means.)   A chunk of my morning was spent doing this little guys Dial 3 developmental assessment.  Assessments are required within 45 days of enrollment .  The good news is  .. he is as smart as a […]

Winter seems like a time that our littles are more tired. I feel like (  Not a researched proven theory… this is a Debbie thought ) that the weather just entices them to slow down and cuddle and rest more.  As much as we can we give extra time for that .  This is a […]

Winding Down Assessments

Today , with the exception of one child who was absent , we COMPLETED our Dial 3 assessments ! We will use the data collected at parent conferences next month.  I will also take some of my findings to make sure there are specific experiences that ” teach ” concepts that might be missing . […]

Can you place this UNDER the HOUSE ?

No, we aren’t really putting anything under the REAL house. It’s a small block.  It’s yet another piece of our assessment puzzle.  Specifically today while two children were sorting colored shapes one made minnie mouse and another …. Made houses ! !   It is so much more fun to pretend play instead of sort […]

Dial 3 Assessments

Each year within 45 days of enrollment I an required  to do a developmental assessment.  The Dial 3 is my tool.  We look at motor skills, language and concepts.  I asked them do do things like hop on one foot and catch and bean bag.  I ask them if they are a boy or a […]

Why School Family Jobs Are Important

Another crucial part of the Conscious Discipline system is a structure of school family jobs.  We are getting in a pretty good routine now ( That was QUICK! This group is awesome !)  so I decided this is the week we would add our school family jobs. I have tried over the years to make […]


While we played outside today we continued to trudge along and get these assessments completed.  Sometimes its exciting to see how much the littles have learned.  Sometimes they are interested in everything BUT playing a game with me and the assessment score is skewed.  I honestly don’t take a lot of stock in these kinds […]


I have a love/ hate relationship with assessments.   A developmental assessment is required of all children enrolled in an ABC program within 45 days of enrollment.  I do another assessment at the end of the year because what good is the assessment without something to compare it to ?   So , I hate […]

Do You See What I See

  “Children learn about their environment through their senses. They come to understand concepts through their sense of sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. Children understand “soft” when they touch a kitten’s fur. They notice colors when they see a beautiful rainbow. They know what “loud” means when they hear a clap of thunder. They […]

Smorgasbord of Learning

Today we have hopped all over the place learning.  Ideally, that is what will happen as we look for ways to teach children where they are. Remember we do continual online assessments but observations that we make . Sometimes that is just text as  we record a conversation or explain in detail something that took […]