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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How Can Mindfulness Improve Our Practice?

How Can Mindfulness Improve Our Practice?

At a recent training on observation, educators shared their practice for observing, collecting, organizing, and displaying the work they do with children. A common thread that tied all of the work together was mindfulness. 

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Preparing for Children

Preparing for Children

Each day in the life of an educator is a day of preparation. The day offers us the opportunity to prepare and create environments for children to explore their wonderings. Our actions with children have more impact than any learning environment we create.

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The Role of Play in Adult Lives and Fostering Creativity in Ourselves and Children

The Role of Play in Adult Lives and Fostering Creativity in Ourselves and Children

How does the lack of play affect us? As we think about the role of play in adult lives, we often wonder, who has time to play. Research shows that adults are often play deprived. Why is play important for healthy relationships with children?

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