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Empowering Young Children: Confronting Fears with Confidence

Empowering Young Children: Confronting Fears with Confidence

Introduction Fear is a natural and essential emotion that helps us stay safe in potentially dangerous situations. When our children are small, we have so much control over their environment and the world they are exposed to. But as they grow, their world grows too and...

Rough & Tumble Superhero Play: An exploration of preschool play urges

Rough & Tumble Superhero Play: An exploration of preschool play urges

My Son the Superhero: An Intro “Here’s your super power toothpaste!” “Ok Mom, this will give me the power of Venom’s tentacles, Zurg’s head & rocket boots, Spin’s cloaking power, and Captain America’s shield!”He brushes his teeth with enthusiasm and then runs laps...

“The Messy Teacher”

“The Messy Teacher”

I remember a great compliment I received when I was teaching preschool in a Head Start program. The maintenance worker came into my classroom carrying a large tarp. He said “we found an extra one of these in the shed and I thought you might want it.” Not an intended...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As an educator, I love opportunities for reflection. What I love about New Year’s reflection, is not the pressure of total reinvention of self, but rather the idea that there are tiny shifts I can be making mid school year to lean into the educator, parent, and school...

Exploring the holiday season with a sense of WONDER

Exploring the holiday season with a sense of WONDER

The holiday season is upon us, and it is often a time of joy and wonder in early childhood.  Gathering with family and friends, engaging in traditions and rituals, the practice of gift-giving and gratitude, cooking and feasts, and the magical transformation of our...

Pumpkin Play

Pumpkin Play

Many play-based approaches, most prominently the Reggio Emilia inspired approach, honor the environment as a major player in children’s early learning and development. Often referred to as the child’s “third teacher” (after their parents and classroom educators),...

Curating environments for early childhood

Curating environments for early childhood

Many play-based approaches, most prominently the Reggio Emilia inspired approach, honor the environment as a major player in children’s early learning and development. Often referred to as the child’s “third teacher” (after their parents and classroom educators),...