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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...

January 7, 2019

Shakin Bones Time... Reflecting on 2019, I am hoping that we will begin to look at working with children in a way to give them ownership to their life.   Rather then focusing on how many “Stars” I can receive? How many indicators of quality exist in my space? How much money I will receive for achieving a goal? The focu...

November 30, 2018

Shakin Bones Time…I have been in the field of Early Childhood for over 36 years.  Each year I have attempted to get people in the field to stop doing “Teacher Crap” with children.  It still has not happened so therefore my annual “Teacher Crap” Holiday Rant.  If you believe that Process is more important than Product;...

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