Seeds

While children are small every moment we spend with them we are planting seeds. We plant seeds of self-esteem when we share our love with them; seeds of confidence when we acknowledge their work; seeds of gentleness when we guide them through a tantrum or meltdown with kindness and understanding. Those wondrous little beings take…

Wouldn’t It Be Easier …

When the children and I are out on our adventures we occasionally need to stop to get our shoes on or take them off, to have our lunch, or wash our hands. These are things my little friends try to do on their own, some with complete independence, some with a little support, always within…

Winter Solstice Reflections

Winter brings with it the warm scents of sage and thyme in the kitchen, wool sweaters and comforting blankets with a weight that feels like a welcome embrace. The world sparkles as if the ground has been dusted with thousands of tiny, perfect jewels. There is magic in this season when all the plants slumber…

Authentic Learning & Authentic Learning Environments

A few weeks back a professional colleague asked what I thought an authentic learning environment looked like, this is my rather long winded answer ūüėä Authentic learning ‚Äú… is a pedagogical approach that allows for the construction of meaning grounded in real-life situations and the learners own personal experience‚ÄĚ (Authentic Learning Environments). An environment allows…

Learning Stories: My Favorite Method of Documentation

Learning stories are a type of pedagogical documentation that is particularly dear to my heart because it allows me to express how amazing it is to watch the children in my program learn and grow. What makes learning stories so wonderful is that they encompass not just the learning going on in the moment but…

Our children teach us what life is all about.

Yesterday morning as I was washing the hands and faces of the little ones who had finished their breakfasts my daughter leapt from her chair and shrieked, ‚ÄúSpider!‚ÄĚ I of course sprang into action to remove the eight legged invader from the table because spiders are a source of much fear for my eldest child…

Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day is set aside to acknowledge the huge difference ECEs make in the lives of families as well as the impact they have within the broader community. Early Childhood Educators are experts in child development. We are passionate professionals that assess children‚Äôs needs and design curriculum to scaffold and support children’s…

13 Signs That You Might Be a Crunchy Childcare Provider

I’ve been called crunchy a time or two as a parent and I’m also a bit “granola” in my practice as an early childhood educator. Now I can hear a few of you asking, “What does crunchy even mean?” Well,¬†¬†Wiktionary¬†defines crunchy as “Having sensibilities of a counter-culture nature lover or hippie; derived from the concept…

An Open Letter to Christine Blasey Ford

Dear Dr. Blasey Ford, I want to thank you for standing up, for telling your account of your assault at the hands of Judge Kavanaugh even though it was painful and terrifying. Your bravery amazes me. I want you to know that I stand with you and that I believe you. And I want to…

Moldable Beeswax

The days are growing shorter and though the leaves have just begun to show their autumn colors winter is already on my mind. As the weather begins to cool I find myself bringing more natural materials inside, preparing for the days when the cold is too much for the little ones to bear. I gather…