Normally I post education related things, but that isn't the case with this post. I haven't posted anything in a very long time because I confess, my life is insane. So insane, that I don't even want to go into it. What I do want to talk about is how I'm coping with all of … Continue reading Prickles
"Are you ok?!" an outside teacher said when she saw the chaos of my classroom yesterday. I was kind of taken aback by the true concern in her voice. "Yes, I'm fine," I responded with a smile. "Ok, it just looks a little crazy in here," was her cautious response. Truth be told, I had … Continue reading Graceful Chaos
I'd rather send the message loud and clear that we must embrace our diversity like we embrace the many colors in a bouquet of mixed flowers. There is no right or wrong color for flowers. They are just different. All are beautiful, and we call them the color that they are.
I shared last week that the school where I work fully believes in the concept of play-based, child-led education. To the extent that we teachers are required to document what we do at the end of each day, rather than turn in lesson plans before hand. The supporting idea is that if we are truly … Continue reading Planning For Play: Lesson Plans in a Child Led Preschool
As an early education major, it was drilled into my head that play is what young children should be doing. I heard things like, "It is the work of children to play," and, "Play is the child's best teacher". All. The. Time. As a student of education, I thought it was great! I bought into … Continue reading The Journey into Play Based Education
Today was a big day for preschool at Discovery Schoolhouse! Last week the yellow team teacher and I decided that, different as it may be, Blue and Yellow teams needed to part ways. As in, not even in the same room! That's a tall order for a school that only has one licensed preschool room, … Continue reading Morning Meeting and Fresh Starts!
This morning I watched my son and two other boys play pretend Star Wars during free play. One of the boys threw himself down on the floor and lay still as he enacted his heroic Jedi death. The other boys must have thought it looked fun, because they promptly threw themselves down on top of … Continue reading Jedis, Death, and Life – Wisdom in a 5 year old
My feed is blown up with feminist and anti-feminist rhetoric, and I find that I can no longer sit in the middle of so much controversy without pointing out what everyone seems to be missing. We're all so busy arguing about whether gender equality is still an issue, but I don't think we're focusing on the … Continue reading On The Issue of Feminism
I write because words are alive to me. They give shape to the world and to life. They are strong and weak, soft and hard. Words are like dancing, but still. Like singing, but quiet. When I have nothing else open to me, I still have words. Even when I can't write, I can compose … Continue reading Why I Write.
One of my favorite things about our home is that we have our own little beach at the end of the street. Marsh might be a better word for it. It used to be a mud flat, but the last few years a combination of mysteriously appearing sand and an increase of marsh grass has … Continue reading When your world is rocked