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Shakin Bones

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 how many “stars” you have earned, or in a “certificat...

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 emotion.
Here are some examples of gifts that fit...

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 challenging situations occur with children this remi...

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 that can be certified as a Loose Parts Centers.  What...

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. 

What’s not relevant?

  • Stop the Calendar, unless yo...

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 “inside voice”?  Young children often choose to be...

May 22, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…. Time for my annual rant about graduation ceremonies for young children.  It is that time of year when I need to ask the question, “Who are graduation programs, that involve young children for?”  Asking young children to get dressed up in caps and gowns and stand on stage to me is exploitation of chi...

April 17, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…”Stop Running, you’ll get hurt” “Use your inside voice” “We Don’t Hit Our Friends” are statements I often hear in early childhood settings I visit.  Where did these ideas come from?  Do they really support what children need and want?  My presentation recently at MiAEYC invited people to look at vario...

March 9, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…so many people say to me, “I believe in Play”, but when I visit their programs it is not something that I see practiced.  One of Peter Gray’s definition's of play is, “Self-Chosen, Self-Directed, and Players are free to quit”. What is Self-Chosen? Do children have to attend circle time? Do children ha...

February 5, 2019

Shakin Bones Time…Valentine’s Day... What the Hell is that?

Valentine’s Day for young children is so wrong for so many reasons:

  • Children are egocentric (which means they have difficulty recognizing that other children have the same needs and interests as themselves)

  • Children typically would not initiate this exp...

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