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...
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;...
Shakin Bones Time – where did we get the idea that reading a book should be at (“circle time “ or “group time”) I call it gathering time? I read every night before I go to sleep and I don’t call my neighbors up and tell them I am reading and come get into bed with me while I read to them. It’s
SHAKIN BONES TIME – a major study by the National
Children’s Bureau found that 50% of all children have been
stopped from climbing trees, 21% have been banned from
running on the playground and 17% have been told they
cannot take part in games of tag or chase. I am very scared that
PLAY is on the Extinction List….
Shakin Bones Time – the other day I received a general flyer, from a school district, titled “Getting Kids Ready for Kindergarten” it was a pamphlet that listed activities to get young children “ready” for their Kindergarten experience. It included counting activities, scissor-cutting experiences, learning the alphab...
Shakin Bones Time…. as I get older and more seasoned as an early
childhood specialist I can’t help reflect on my practices with young
children. Where did these ideas come from? Why do I think they are
best for children? So the What If questions begin to consume my
(You are not going to like some of...
Shakin Bones Time: During times when adults are fearful they often resort to tightening experiences with young children. Creating Zero Tolerance policies, telling children that pretend gunplay hurts people's feelings, forbidding gunplay at all.
Children Process the Violence Around Them Through Play.