May 10, 2020

Shakin Bones Time… My friend and mentor Bev Bos helped me create a welcoming to all children that I use.   “I Have Been Waiting for You”.  One time Arick arrived in the morning and I greeted him with, “I have been waiting for you Arick”.  Arick asked, “How long would y...

April 13, 2020

Shakin Bones Time… A child who has witnessed a traumatic event will reenact the event until it is no longer so traumatic.  During these scary and traumatic times it is important to remember that adults often talk to each other about their fears.  Young children often d...

March 10, 2020

Shakin Bones Time… if you believe, and I hope you do, that you are responsible for “accepting every child that shows up at your door. ” That means:

  • I accept children who need to run both indoors and outdoors

  • I accept children who need to push, shove and hit

  • ...

February 6, 2020

Shakin Bones Time…  Almost every place I travel too there seems to be a requirement of a weekly “lesson plan”.  What the HELL!?!  How is it possible that we can predict what a child is going to need or want on Friday?  Because of this requirement many early childhood p...

January 7, 2020

Shakin Bones Time…There are many types of surveys, questionnaires, documents, that attempt to help people in the field of early childhood operate a quality program.  It is not in these resources that make quality it is in the actions towards PLAY.  Quality is not in ho...

December 11, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…There is so much “crap” out there for a young
child that is being promoted as appropriate gifts. Many are high tech,
battery operated, and frequently don’t last very long. My measurement
for a good “gift” is that it is real, authentic and hooked to an...

October 10, 2019

Shakin Bones Time...Leo Topin wrote a quote that I keep with me everyday.  “When a child is placed in failure experiences he/she will do anything to avoid it.   Even if that means getting hurt or hurting someone else.  Failure adds so much stress to the brain.”  When c...

September 1, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…. Loose Parts Play is not a new thing, it has been around forever.  All of a sudden Loose Parts Play has taken on a new “status”.  People are debating over its definition, what can and cannot be classified as Loose Parts, and creating environments tha...

July 30, 2019

Shakin Bones Time… David Elkind has written, “Teachers have been reported to spend 71% of the day teaching information that is not relevant.”  What the Hell? That means that children are in settings, where adults waste almost three fourths of the children’s day. 

W...

July 7, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…the other day I visited a program and the teacher said, “Don’t forget boys and girls to use your “inside voices”.  What the Hell is an “inside voice”?  Can you imagine going to a restaurant and asking the host, “Could I have a table that I can use my...

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