Parents as First Teachers

Parents as First Teachers

R.R.P. Real Responsive Practice: The definition of the word responsive is “reacting quickly and positively”. In the moment, authentically positive responses towards families are paramount to the healthy growth and development of the child. “Students show up with incredible strengths and assets. Kids are capable of much more than we think.” –Gloria Ladson-Billings Parents as First Teachers I chose Gloria...
Too Busy to Play

Too Busy to Play

L.L.L.N. Life Long Learner Note: Retaining a respect for play in the lives of children and adults is crucial to great practice with young children. Tales from Higher Education… I am genuinely concerned whenever my undergraduate early childhood education majors display resistance towards playing. I set up aesthetically pleasing workshop spaces, create playlists of music from their requests, and provide class-time...
Waiting is Not Easy

Waiting is Not Easy

Patience is difficult. Managing our reactions, or being patient, is a developing approach to learning skill for young children.  Many families and toddler teachers struggle to address building patience skill building in the heat of a toddler’s frustration.  This recipe for connection sets the stage for a casual and even humorous exchange about the sensation of and strategies for waiting. Patience: Waiting is...