Encouraging Literacy

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Words are critical to communication, whether they are spoken, written, or read. With the beginning of the school year, parents and teachers are often wondering about and sometimes worried about children learning to read and write. In the next few blog posts I will share some super simple ways to encourage literacy in your homes…

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Using Picture Boards for Routines

The arrival of August means school will be starting soon. Back to school shopping is in full force, appointments for updated immunizations are scheduled, and new eyeglasses have been ordered. It also means a change in routines and expectations for many families. Let’s take advantage of the approaching transition from summer to school by preparing…

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Gender Stereotypes

Baby with Leo

This morning I saw an unusual sight on my way to an early morning appointment. As I approached an intersection with a large construction site, I noticed a construction worker bending to the side, stretching his hips. I immediately thought he must have had a rough night’s sleep. Then I noticed that he wasn’t alone.…

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Learning Something New

Learning a new skill can feel like writing your name while you hold a crayon with your toes--- awkward and frustrating!

Trying something new can seem daunting. I’m trying to learn some new skills on the computer and it makes me feel like a duck out of water. Many people have a lot of computer experience, so this might seem odd to them. Most kids grow up today learning to keyboard and have no trouble experimenting…

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The Hummingbird Egg

Hummingbird eggs are incredibly tiny!

One sunny morning, a student brought an amazing discovery to our preschool classroom: a real hummingbird egg. The egg was so tiny, about the size of an adult’s fingernail, and extremely fragile. Jessica and I discussed whether or not we should put it in a little magnifying display box. The clear cube would allow the…

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Polarizing Forces


I read an interesting article (Repukes and Democraps: A Nation Divided Part 1 by Faith Eden-Barre) the other day that got me thinking. The focus of the article was on the polarizing ideological divide in the U.S., mainly between Republicans and Democrats. What does this have to do with young kids? Keep reading and it…

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The Parenting with Presence Summit


  If you’re a parent, or grandparent, teacher, “auntie” or “uncle,” you know the beauty and blessings that children bring into your life. You also know the challenges that come with raising a child. The little bundle of joy that arrives in your world (without an owner’s manual!) magically—and much too quickly—transforms into a toddler,…

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An anthropologist proposed a game to children of an African Tribe. He put a basket of fruit near a tree and told the kids that the first one to reach the fruit would win them all. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying…

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Calling 911

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What do the follow things have in common: Families eating, parents working on the house, kids playing, and scrubbing up at bath time? Tons of opportunities for fun and a small risk of an emergency happening. One of the great things about children is that they are extremely curious and they love to learn about…

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Why Looking at Race Matters


I happened to read Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D. last week, the same week that Brad Paisley’s song “Accidental Racist” came out. I haven’t personally listened to the song, but I did feel compelled to read the lyrics after…

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