11 Aug

How To Complete an EYM: Beyond The Pages Online, Self-Study Book Study

EYM BeyondthePages
This is the newest feature on my blog. Beyond the Pages (BTP) is an innovative online book study. This feature takes you ‘beyond the pages’ and creates group dialogue. Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood education to engage in “conversations with intent” and I believe that this is one method to do that. What makes it unique? It’s open to teachers, providers, parents, lawmakers, and anyone whose decisions impact young children. There are also guest content experts who will lend their voices to facilitate each week’s discussion! It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.


The book studies were originally released LIVE and therefore have correlating dates, etc. in the timeline. That being said, they’re now self-study, meaning that participants can complete them at their convenience and on their own schedule. It is recommended that participants read the chapter(s) that correlate with the guest content expert commentary.


Example: Akilah is going to get started on Sat. She sees on the EYM blog that the first reading for the Beyond The Pages Goffin book study is for Chapter 1. She reads that chapter on Sat. evening. On Sunday, Akilah goes to the EYM blog BTP book study and under Timeline, she clicks on Chapter 1 which takes her to the guest expert commentary (by Kyra). She considers both the chapter read and the expert commentary, linking it to her previous experiences and knowledge. She then provides personal reflection in the Comments section (Leave a Reply- under Comments) of the blog. She also has access to other participant comments and can respond to them as well. Akilah has flexibility in completing the remaining sessions of the study. If she is seeking a certificate, Akilah needs to provide reflective thoughts and ideas for each session/week of the study, responding to chapters and guest experts under the Comments area of each expert blog post. See the seeking a certificate link above for full details. After full participation, payment, and verification, Akilah will be emailed a certificate of completion (MN participants entered into Develop)…all from the comfort and ease of her home.



4 Aug

TBT: Yoga For Children

This post is a throw-back of mine from August 2009.

Exercise is very important for adults and children alike. Many children get exercise naturally by playing outside, running, riding bike, and playing sports. However, with video games, computers, etc. some physical activities are becoming less and less of a priority.

It is recommended that children over age 2 engage in moderate to vigorous activity 60-90 minutes, every day.  There are many benefits of exercising: stronger muscles and bones, lean muscle, confidence, sleep better, and lower chance of developing diabetes.

Adults and children can have fun together while exercising. Have you tried YOGA play with a child? It’s not vigorous, but is important for flexibility and toning of the muscles. You don’t have to be a yoga pro either. Watch the video below to see how easy it can be!

2 Aug

Mondays with M.E: Children and Nature



LouvRichard_book3-213x300 natureTen years ago, with his bestselling book Last Child in the Woods as a springboard, San Diego journalist Richard Louv and a handful of colleagues (including Mom Enough’s host Marti) founded the Children & Nature Network (C&NN). That organization has been a major leader in the movement to connect children and nature, a go-to place for information on research, community resources and opportunities to share ideas with people around the world. Now Rich has written a follow-up book, Vitamin N, zeroing in on concrete strategies for families, schools, healthcare organizations and communities. Tune into Rich’s conversation with Marti & Erin for inspiration and tips on what you can do to make sure your children and others in your community get the “vitamin N” they need! TUNE IN to the show HERE!

In a typical week, how much time do your children spend outside and in what kinds of activities? Based on what you’ve heard from Richard Louv about the importance of “vitamin N,” do you think your children should spend more time connecting with nature? What would help?

For the C&NN Research Library, click here.
To take the Vitamin N Challenge, click here.
For Family Nature Clubs and a free tool kit, click here.
For a community forum to connect directly with other Family Nature Club families, click here.
For the Every Kid in a Park program, click here.
For Together in Nature: Pathways to a Strong, Closer Family, click here.

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18 Jul




RickordKate_hsWhether it’s news accounts of natural disasters or terrorism, sexually loaded images on TV or marital conflict in our own homes, many things in our children’s daily lives compel us to have uncomfortable or difficult conversations. What can children manage or comprehend at different ages? What words should we use – and what tone should we strive for – when children ask questions that make us squirm? How do we help children feel safe and secure while still being honest about the hard things that can and do happen in the real world? Psychologist Kate Rickord from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development joins Marti & Erin for a thoughtful conversation about addressing tough topics and having difficult conversations with your children, whatever their ages. >>TUNE IN HERE<<

What topics do you find most uncomfortable to discuss with your children? What did you find helpful in this Mom Enough discussion?

For 4 Tips on How to Talk with Your Child about Difficult Topics, click here.
For St. David’s Center, click here.
For St. David’s Center’s Mental Health Services, click here.


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11 Jul




JensenBelinda_books-248x300It’s common for children (and adults, for that matter) to worry about the dangers of tornadoes, blizzards and other major weather events. And, worried or not, we and our children may wonder about the meaning of different kinds of clouds or how a hail storm happens on a hot summer day. Belinda Jensen turned her own childhood curiosity into a career as a popular meteorologist on KARE-TV (NBC). Now she has written a 6-book children’s series that is sure to fuel fascination with the weather and, as she discusses with Marti & Erin, also help more girls and boys discover the excitement of learning about science. >>TUNE IN HERE<<

What questions or concerns do your children have about the weather? What helpful ideas did you get from this Mom Enough show with Belinda Jensen for addressing children’s worries and promoting their curiosity and learning?

To learn more about Belinda’s books, click here.
For Bel the Weather Girl experiments you can try at home, click here.


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8 Jul

Bam!Radio: Are You Close to Burnout?

How To Avoid Going Over the Edge

Shelly Sanchez Terrell with Tyson Seburnpic

Virtually every teacher will encounter burnout at some time in his or her career.  In this episode, we look at the signs and offer a challenge to help you avoid  going over the edge.

Follow:@ShellTerrell@seburnt @bamradionetwork



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7 Jul

Second Chance Summer Book Study

The spring months always seem to be jam-packed. Perhaps you missed out on my spring book study for that very reason. It was focused on Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. “The conversations from this book are intended to shape the field’s future. Don’t sit back and listen; be part of this important conversation.” Here’s your second chance opportunity!

BeyondthePages.Goffin.2015[1]How are we going to think together in conversations with intent and unite as a field of practice, when we are spread across the nation engaged in varied areas of the workforce? I thought about this very question for nearly two years after I met Stacie. Beyond The Pages (BTP) was launched in August, 2015, as a vehicle to promote conversations with intent and inspire a passion for change. BTP is an innovative online book study. This online feature takes you ‘beyond the pages’ and creates group dialogue. What makes it unique? The group dialogue is prompted and informed by content experts who bring their voices to each week’s discussion.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Lilian Katz to discuss her thoughts on our profession’s future. She said that “we need to come to an agreement on the body of principles…to sit down and agree on principles of practice for early childhood educators.” I told her about BTP and waited for her response. “I’d say the blog book study is worth trying…to develop more insight and interaction between practitioners. You see, when practitioners come together and exchange information, they deepen their insight, understanding, and awareness of complexities in the field.” I whole-heartedly agree Dr. Katz!

Together, we can help ECE realize its potential! It is with that in mind that I invite YOU to participate in my Beyond The Pages blog book study. Since the live study is over, you can complete it at your own pace, in the comfort of your home! Visit the following link to learn more about this fantastic way to get involved. http://goo.gl/m3u5qo

This is an approved course through the MN Center for Professional Development! This course applies towards the Core Competency Area of VIII. Professional Development and the CDA Content Area of Maintaining Professionalism.

It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.

Click HERE to get started!


7 Jul

Bam!Radio: Student Behavior

Is Challenging Student Behavior on the Rise? Or Is It Just Me?

Rae Pica with Barbara Kaiser & Amanda Morgan

Join us as we explore the apparent increase in challenging student behaviors. Is the rise real or imagined? What is the most current thinking on handling troubling student behavior?

Follow: @bamradionetwork @raepica1 @notjustcute
#edchat #edreform #ece #earlyed #AskingWhatIf



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