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…

How Learning Environments Enable Play

I first heard the term ‘enabling environment’ applied to child care classrooms in some of the UK early learning and care circles I frequent on social media. Curious about the meaning I did a little Googling (which is of course a verb now) and I learned that the phrase ‘enabling environment’ originates in the Early…

It Feels Like Autumn

One of my child care little ones is dozing on the couch, snuggled in a blanket that has followed me from home to home since college. She has an early start and I’m glad she can have some rest before the business of our day begins. My son is happily chomping a cheese stick and…