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 […]

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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. […]

When Young Children Don’t Want to Wear Costumes

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Involving our children in holiday traditions is arguably one of the most anticipated things about having children. Ornaments painted with endearing sayings about our “Baby’s First Christmas,” and bibs with witty holiday related sayings are a way to share what we know to be the memory making moments of our lives.   There can be […]