Friends

Friends

Educators in early education and school age care often utilize the word “friends” to describe an entire class or group of children. All persons in the learning community have the potential to be a friend. Children learn about friendship from a young age as they move away from parallel play and into more complex play situations.

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The Possibilities of Our Practice

The Possibilities of Our Practice

In early education we often talk about the children’s learning journey, but what is the journey of learning for educators? How do we incorporate the educational concepts and philosophies we find appealing into our program and still remain authentic to the school and culture we live in? 

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Time to Think and Be

Time to Think and Be

In early childhood education, we work in an environment of emotional labor. This is an environment that is always stimulating and busy with many demands on our emotions and energy. Educators rarely have a time when we are removed from demands on our attention. One solution to this condition is to take a break from our busyness and practice being in solitude.

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The Emotional Lives of Early Childhood Educators

The Emotional Lives of Early Childhood Educators

At a recent conference, a group of educators came together to discuss self-care. During the discussion one area of concern was the emotional labor involved in our work. This interaction started me on a journey in thinking about the emotions involved in my work with children. What did I discover?

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What is a Learning Experience?

What is a Learning Experience?

The following are the seven main actions I observed as children were engaged in the learning experience. This is a unique journey for each child and is not as programmed and standardized as we may be led to believe.

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The Cardboard Sculpture

The Cardboard Sculpture

This is a story about how one educator created an invitation with recycled materials and how the children turned what was thought to be an art installation into a scientific investigation. 

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Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Lifelong Lessons in Learner Centered Education

Here are the concepts that I have continually practiced during my career with school age children. These practices have worked wonderfully, supported the children, their education, the parents, and the entire learning community.

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Digital Landscapes

Digital Landscapes

There are many strengths and concerns about how we offer these digital provocations and the impact on young children. So, I have been spending time thinking about a theoretical framework for the digital environment.

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Group Sculpture

Group Sculpture

We were invited to participate in a group sculpture challenge. What happened when we proposed this idea to the children? What were the challenges of engaging in this type of work? What did we learn by observing the collaboration between children and educators?

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Freeze Dance

Freeze Dance

Lately, the children have been playing a game that has been around since I was a child and has stood the test of time. A simple game that brings the children together each afternoon to enjoy each other’s company and play for the joy that it brings to life. 

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The Benefits of Free Play

The Benefits of Free Play

What are the benefits of free play? How often do children participate in free play versus organized activities? I discovered an interesting article and study and wanted to share a few thoughts in hope of creating more understanding.

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