Childhood Amnesia

What is early childhood amnesia, and what does it mean for educators?

Back to School- Adjustment Models

It’s back to school time!  For early childhood teachers, this inevitably means inconsolable crying for some or most of their students as they experience separation anxiety being away from their parents.  It’s a very difficult time for young children and parents, and just as painful for the teacher.   Last year I was made aware…

Mindful Minute- Metta

For the youngest children, we know sitting still is an inappropriate expectation.  What then about finding stillness in mindful meditation? If you follow my posts, you’ll find a number of activities to promote mindfulness in young children. I also am presently finding outstanding results meditating with ‘metta’- unconditional loving kindness & good will.   Burmese…

Forest School

This year I’ve started a new job at a school blessed with a beautiful and vast forest outside our front door.  One day a week we spend the whole morning playing out in the forest.  In these forest school sessions, I’ve watched the children develop resilience, gross motor coordination, camaraderie, and connection to and love…

Nothing Without Joy

Loris Malaguzzi,  pioneer of the Reggio Emilia approach,  is oft quoted asserting in early childhood settings there should be, “nothing without joy”.   How can educators find joy in challenging times?  This year has been unbelievably challenging, upsetting, and unprecedented.  I made it my goal this year to find and cultivate joy.   But what…

Set for Success

Setting the foundation stone upon which each student will build future success.