Facilitating the Learning Process

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Right around mid-May, I started to get anxious. There were only a few more weeks left of school, and I was worried about how we would all adjust to this change in our routine. The girls (3 and 4 years old) attend preschool twice a week for four hours each day. It’s not a lot, […]

Inspired by Paint

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    Brand new jars . . .   Red, yellow, and blue paint mixed in several combinations.         Newly mixed paint means newly inspired children.     Lots of ideas!     The colors were named green-blue, purple, dark purple, purple, blue-yellow and so on.     I think we need […]

Storytelling With Child-Created Puppets

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  “What would you like to play?” Me to the girls.   Without a moment’s hesitation, Greysen says, “I want to sew a puppet.”   Since my sewing knowledge is limited, I grabbed felt (my go-to material), and a small sewing kit that I put together when Greysen worked on her first such project.   […]

Why I Think There is No Place for Coloring Pages in ECE

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    One of the things I miss most about being a curriculum coordinator is the direct impact I could have on ECE practice.  If such a thing existed, my ECE rule book would firmly state, no coloring pages allowed.   My opinion of coloring pages is not about what coloring pages are, but rather […]

The Relationships of Childhood

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When I look back through the blog, I notice how much my early posts focused on the girls’ individual experiences – what they did and how they did it. Now that they are older, I can more easily see how their world has grown. Their relationships now extend beyond our immediate family.   The relationship […]

A Waldorf Inspired Birthday

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  When you were one, you explored.                   I was getting to know you.    When you were two, you became passionate.                  I started to know myself as a mama.   When you were three, you became aware of being empowered.                  I began to understand how to flexibly partner with you.     […]

A Peaceful Toddlerhood

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  The outdoors are immeasurably valuable to young children’s growth and development. Developing a connection and awareness of nature and wildlife is a priority for my daughters’ childhood.   When my daughters and I go outdoors, I have no intentions for “education” to happen, though it always does.   This week the lesson was for […]

The Distress of the Dress

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  It is so easy to say I don’t care about my daughters’ clothes when their preferences match my ideas of what is important.   Unfettered play, climbing trees, and canals built in the sand or mud is how I dreamt of my children playing. And they do. They do play that way, I just […]

November to Today

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  The last two months went something like this . . .   Thanksgiving. Sold our house. Christmas. New Years. The Flu. Pneumonia and moving out of our house but not yet into our new one.     But we are healthier . . .     and happier.     The girls are feeling […]

The Critical Step of Acknowledgement

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My path to understanding how to acknowledge my children’s emotions has been a long one. I don’t know why something so simple was SO hard for me to incorporate into my parenting practices.   Acknowledging children’s emotions as I learned in my RIE 1 class felt uncomfortable and unresolved. I felt like I wasn’t helping. […]