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Shakin Bones

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;...

October 14, 2018

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

not natural!  Readin...

September 3, 2018

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….
We h...

August 10, 2018


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...

July 3, 2018

Shakin Bones Time…People in the field of Early Childhood often say, “I accept all children in my program” Is that really put to practice?

I am still hearing the following statements:

  • “Use Your Inside Voice” This assumes that children who use their “inside voices” are better than children who do not?  If you are going...

May 30, 2018


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
thought processes.
(You are not going to like some of...

April 23, 2018

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. 

A...

March 21, 2018

Shakin Bones Time…I am on a campaign! I hope you will help me.  It is not a popular one, but by now you know that I often take on unpopular issues. 

I want to help people in the EC field, who should not be in the field, to find jobs outside the field.  There are many jobs outside the field that they could make more...

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