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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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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Being Thankful

Being Thankful

In this time of celebration and gathering of friends and family, it is also time to be thankful and reflect on our other family, our learning community. This is a short story about our role as an educator and how we have so much to be thankful for. 

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Setting Priorities

Setting Priorities

At a recent professional development conference there was much discussion about the challenge of setting priorities when working in an early childhood environment. Looking into this subject further I found some universal suggestions that may help us understand the subject a little more.

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Embracing Free Play for Self Care

Embracing Free Play for Self Care

As an educator we give time to others. We give selflessly to our schools, community, and the children. The demands of serving others often takes precedent over developing a rejuvenating self-care practice. Incorporating more free play into our lives will support our growth and well being as educators.

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Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

Curating Mindful Inquiry - Part One

As humans, we are all invested in discovering our world. The practices of discovery allow us to test ideas of what might be happening, to draw conclusion, and to create a construct that explains and categorizes as a ‘truth’ from our discovery.

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Drawing Animated Characters

Drawing Animated Characters

Drawing and other activities that children choose contain elements of both work and pleasure. Children’s work has a higher purpose and deeper meaning, as the work children choose is a path to exploring subjects of deep interest.

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Drawing With Numbers

Drawing With Numbers

Introducing children to new ways of thinking and experimenting with known objects invites exploration of other known materials in the future. By opening up the possibilities of number we open the possibilities of all things.

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Observation and Children's Actions

Observation and Children's Actions

Children’s actions appear simple but in reality are very complex, because children experience many variables in their daily walk of life, making decisions how they are going to respond to these experiences.

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The Collision of Work Life and Real Life

The Collision of Work Life and Real Life

Being an educator is hard work. Our days are busy and filled with learning, laughter, and an enormous amount of tasks. The work is all encompassing and keeps us at school for more hours than we would like to admit. Being an educator is a labor of love, but how can educators keep a balance between our work life and our other life outside of work?

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