30 Mar

I Have…Who Has…?

ihavenumbersWrap Around Games are one of my all-time favorite games for children. Why? They encourage social interaction and reinforce critical thinking skills. I have made many different games for toddlers to school-agers (colors, shapes, dinosaurs, etc.)

How does the game work? Pass out all the cards, one to each child. One child begins by saying, “I Have…Who Has…?” The child that has that item says, “I Have…Who Has…?” The game continues until all of the children have gone. You’ll know the game was played correctly when the game ends with the same person that began – hence the name Wrap Around Games.

PreKinders has a *FREE* printable NUMBERS WRAP AROUND GAME. Check it out! Want the SHAPE GAME too? You can grab it HERE.  There is a Fact or Fiction *FREE* game online through Lakeshore Learning (for school-age children).


30 Mar

Book Inspired Lessons

Books are wonderful tools for engaging and motivating children. They also naturally inspire children through vocabulary and illustrations. Here’s a great example of how teachers can begin with a story and then branch off into activities in different developmental areas.

How can YOU incorporate more book inspired lessons into YOUR program? If you already do this, tell us which books are your favorite and what curriculum ideas you use for them. Feel free to send pictures (no children please).

Get your copy of the Lines that Wiggle book!


27 Mar

MONDAYS WITH ME: REFLECTIVE PARENTING

HOW REFLECTING ON YOUR FEELINGS AND YOUR CHILD’S CAN TURN EVERYDAY CHALLENGES INTO BREAKTHROUGH MOMENTS

book image for ME's reflective parenting guest, Dr. Regina PallyWhen our child misbehaves, we often react quickly with a lecture, a consequence or an angry outburst. But what if we paused to see through our child’s eyes and understand what motivated his or her behavior? What if we took a moment to assess our own feelings and how they are colored by stress or life experiences, past and present? This is reflective parenting, as psychiatrist Regina Pally discusses with Marti & Erin, and it can transform our relationships and the way we help our children learn to understand their own emotions and behavior.

TUNE IN HERE

Think of a recent difficult situation with your child and how you handled it. What do you think might have been the purpose or meaning of your child’s behavior? What were your feelings at the time? Were your figures triggered only by your child’s behavior or did other factors enter in? Using these reflections, what, if anything, would you do differently in that situation?


20 Mar

MONDAYS WITH ME: REPEATED CONCUSSIONS

A CONVERSATION WITH AN EXPERT FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

It’s great for kids (and adults, for that matter) to be active and involved in vigorous sports. However, some activities put participants at particular risk for repeated concussions, with potentially life-long consequences. But information is power and this week’s Mom Enough show is packed with information about how to recognize and respond to concussions and, most important how to prevent concussions in your young athletes. Don’t miss this important discussion with Jon Roesler, Epidemiologist Supervisor with the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. TUNE IN HERE!

What new things did you learn in the Mom Enough discussion about the causes and consequences of concussions? What steps will you take to prevent your children from suffering concussions, especially repeated concussions, which do great harm?

For a checklist of symptoms that may help your doctor in diagnosing a concussion, click here.
For Minnesota Medicine’s “This is Your Brain on Sports” article, click here.
For the MN Department of Health’s Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury information, click here.
For the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota, click here.


16 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 7 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Seven: Reenvisioning the Response: Where We Go from Here
By Robert Gundling, Ed.D.

I want to thank Dawn for the opportunity to participate in this book study on such an important topic related to the social emotional development of young children, their families and those who work with them. I found the information in the book helpful to me as an Early Care and Education Practitioner. It seems to me the information was presented in a clear, concise, and objective manner. This helped me develop a better understanding of how to support young children and the adults who care for and about them in developing relationships, grounded in trust, along with respect for each other in a caring environment. I believe relationships are at the core of a high quality learning environment for human beings.

Chapter 7 of this book maintained my interest because of its focus on those of us who work with young children and their families. During the past eight years, I had the good fortune to work with an organization in the most under resourced area of Washington, DC. I saw and felt the effects of violence in the neighborhood on the children and the teachers. One example etched in my mind is a four year old child in the Pre-k program who witnessed her father…

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15 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 6 (LANGWORTHY) *Limited*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Six: When Those Who Love Us Leave Us
By Rebecca Shlafer

I’m excited to participate in this book study! Chapter 6 addresses the complex challenges that children face when they lose a parent. For me, this chapter leaves me reflecting on the similarities and differences between a parent dying and the loss of a parent for other reasons. My research focuses on children’s outcomes when a parent is incarcerated, so I find the connections in this chapter between parent death, deployment, and incarceration to be really valuable. As the author notes, the loss of a parent can trigger… Read More


7 Mar

BEYOND THE PAGES BOOK STUDY: CHAPTER 5 (LANGWORTHY) *LIMITED*

Bridging the Relationship Gap
Chapter Five: When Those Who Love Us Hurt Us
By Chelsea Hetherington

In Chapter 5, Dr. Langworthy discusses the impact that maltreatment and other traumatic experiences can have on a young child’s development. The idea that an early childhood care provider might be one of the few consistent, positive relationships in a child’s life is tragic, but it is also powerful. By fostering meaningful relationships with children who have faced extreme adversity, early childhood professionals have the power to support their development and foster resiliency in the face of adversity. Early childhood care providers, as well as the care environment itself, can be the emotional rock for children facing adversity, serving as a solid foundation from which they can learn and grow. By fostering positive connections, those of you who work directly with young children can buffer some of the negative effects of the trauma that children have experienced.

Below I’ve outlined my takeaways from Chapter 5…  Read More