Conflicting Needs – Mr. Pig’s Party

I was having a rough day.  My husband, Dove, was having to work long hours, leaving me with a greater share of the childcare and housework than usual.  We were getting over being sick. I was not completely sure how I was going to complete everything on my long to-do list for the day.  But … Continue reading “Conflicting Needs – Mr. Pig’s Party”

I teach (if I have to)

Before I studied education, I rarely (if ever) gave any thought to educational philosophy. Teachers teach, students learn.  It’s simple. It’s like a math equation. Teaching equals learning. If I want my child to learn things, someone will need to teach her those things. I never questioned my belief in how it important it is … Continue reading “I teach (if I have to)”

Worth the Risk

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to say about risk.  About why I wholly embrace risky play for my child, and frequently encourage other parents to do the same. Risk, particularly risk to children, is a complicated and controversial topic in our society.  None of us want to see children come to … Continue reading “Worth the Risk”

Volcanoes!

While studying education I was taught how important it is that we teach children ideas in a connected way.  Children learn so much better when what their learning is connected to something they already know, and have been thinking about.  Also, it’s best to connect ideas across the different areas of development. If you’re doing … Continue reading “Volcanoes!”

Why Should I Worry?

My daughter is a late talker.   Way late.  As she grew and developed, I watched in bemusement as younger babies and toddlers blew past her in verbal milestones.  But I didn’t worry. Since preschool teachers are often the first to recognize developmental delays, I was taught when to worry. Or at least, when to … Continue reading “Why Should I Worry?”

Dealing with Feelings

Feelings are difficult.  My own feelings are difficult enough.  But when I started working in childcare I suddenly became responsible for helping little, emotionally immature people handle their massive emotions.  And that was way, way more difficult.  It is quite a trick to maintain composure when a intense ball of rage trapped in a 2-year-old … Continue reading “Dealing with Feelings”