15 Jan

Adventures In Eating: Culture Recipe #1

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup is part of my culture. I remember eating it as a child and now prepare it for my children. It’s a great meal on a cold day!

Culture Recipe #1

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Mary SchroederMary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.  Specifically the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community professionals.  You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/health/

Mary Schroeder, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Educator
Health and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
Email:  hedin007@umn.edu
Website:  www.extension.umn.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UMNExtSimplyGoodEating

14 Jan

Adventures in Eating: Cultural Food Tour

cultural food tourGet your passport for flavor ready as you are about to embark on a cultural food tour! Over the next few months, “Adventures in Eating” will be exploring different cultures with a focus on food. By learning more about common foods and food traditions in different cultures, you will be better prepared to meet the needs of students in your classroom or in your care. You can also use the information to introduce children to other parts of the world and traditions outside of their own.

Our “tour guides” will be University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed Educators from the Latino, Hmong, Somali, and Native American cultures. SNAP-Ed Educators help Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy. They often work with Head Start teachers or parents with young children.  Each month a different educator will share the following:

  • Foods common to their culture
  • The top 3 things an early childhood educators should know about their culture
  • An easy food or recipe that can be made and eaten by children in the classroom
  • A fun activity or game from their culture
  • A favorite cultural recipes you can prepare at home or share with students’ families.

You can begin the adventure today by thinking about culture. Culture is a way of life of a group of people – their foods, beliefs, values and symbols usually passed on from one generation to the next. What foods and activities are traditional in your culture? How are you introducing different cultures to young children?

Everyone likes to have their culture recognized. One way you can do that is by making parent handouts available in their language. Did you know that the MyPlate Tips for Healthy Eating is available in 19 languages? This is a great resource to share with families when teaching children about healthy eating.

Let the adventure begin!!!

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Mary SchroederMary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.  Specifically the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community professionals.  You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/health/

Mary Schroeder, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Educator
Health and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
Email:  hedin007@umn.edu
Website:  www.extension.umn.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UMNExtSimplyGoodEating

12 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #4 Announced!

The fourth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

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Jill Bella!

Jill BellaJill Bella, Ed.D., is Director of Quality Supports for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University (NLU). In these roles she coordinates and conducts research, training, and consultation for local and state initiatives on the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES) and the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Dr. Bella is a national reliability anchor for the PAS and BAS. She holds a doctorate degree in Adult and Continuing Education from NLU. Dr. Bella also has both a master’s degree in special education/early intervention and a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to joining the Center, she worked at several child care centers and Akron Children’s Hospital as an early intervention specialist and training associate. Dr. Bella’s research interests include organizational climate, advocacy for the early childhood workforce, systems thinking, and early childhood leadership. She is co-author of A Great Place to Work, Inspiring Peak Performance, and Zoom: The Impact of Early Childhood Leadership Training on Role Perceptions, Job Performance, and Career Decisions.

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(800) 443-5522, Ext. 5059
jill.bella@nl.edu
@JillMBella

Jill will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 16th, 2016, regarding chapter 2 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


7 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Special Guests #2 & #3 Announced!

The second guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

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Roseann Murphy!

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Roseann Murphy’s early childhood profession spans nearly four decades. Her extensive resume includes positions as a Child Care Advocate, Owner and Director of Infant/Toddler/Preschool Centers, Private In-Home Teacher, Resource and Referral Coordinator, Family Child Care Educator, and trainer. As an Infant Care Specialist  her work includes, Parenting Coach, Early Childhood Teacher, Workshop Leader, and Infant Nutrition Adviser.

Roseann was inspired by the work of Infant Specialist Magda Gerber. She attended the very first RIE trainings in Los Angeles and was a panel presenter at the International Infant Conference presented by Resources for Infant Educarers® Conference held at UCLA Los Angeles in 1979. She is the founder/owner/director of Malibu Infant Toddler Child Development Center and Little River School working with children from infancy through kindergarten. Roseann studied early childhood development at Pacific Oaks in Pasadena and University of California in Los Angeles.

After spending most of her ECE career in Southern California, Roseann now resides in Northern Illinois where she continues her work as a parenting coach, early childhood education consultant, board President of a child development center, foster parent and adoptive parent.

Roseann Murphy provides support and guidance to professionals and parents through private consultations, workshops, classes and through her online collection of written works both by herself and guest writers. Roseann connects with professionals and parents through Essence of Child Caring’s website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest board, and YouTube channel. Roseann Murphy does private parent and early childhood consulting. You can reach Roseann by email at EssenceOfChildCaring@gmail.com. Blog https://essenceofchildcaring.edublogs.org

Roseann is also an artist who loves nature, enjoys organic gardening, caring for her many rescue animals and anything Shabby Chic.

“Pretty much everything this woman, Roseann Murphy, posts about infants and children is worth the time to read. Roseannis an expert in infant and child development. I love that I have such an amazing friend in her. Rock on Roseann” – Lee AnnLang

Roseann will be co-leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

The third guest expert participating in this book study is…

Magdalena Palencia!

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Magdalena S. Palencia has worked extensively in all areas of education. Early in her career Magdalena taught history, Spanish grammar, and geography at some of the most prestigious schools in Argentina, including Escuela de Educacion Tecnica SEGBA, The Catholic University of Argentina, and Instituto 25 de Mayo. As co-founder and director of The Century of the XXI non-profit cultural association, Magdalena worked in conjunction with the Santa Monica Library to elevate cultural awareness of Latin America. As head teacher of Little River School in Malibu, Magdalena applied her expertise in early childhood education to create an innovative curriculum for fostering early development incorporating the latest research and findings in the field.

Apart from personal consulting for parents and educators alike, Magdalena shares her expertise and the latest developments in early childhood education through her blog, A Bilingual Childhood Education Blog by Magdalena S. Palencia. Currently, Magdalena is a Spanish literature and Geography teacher at La Escuela Argentina en Los Angeles, where she is also the acting Vice Principal.

Magdalena will be co-leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

Magdalena’s email is Magdalena.palencia@gmail.com
Blog: http://magdalenaspalencia.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/magdapalencia/

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the free book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


5 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Special Guest #1 Announced!

The first guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

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Kyra Ostendorf!

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Kyra Ostendorf is Vice President of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development at Kaplan Early Learning Company. In this role, she is responsible for supporting Kaplan’s internal teams and external partners and customers with regard to the curriculums and assessments that Kaplan publishes and sells. She also oversees Kaplan’s professional development offerings. Kyra’s most recent project at Kaplan has been to bring Connect4Learning: The Pre-K Curriculum to market after its years in development with a leading team of content experts through funding from the National Science Foundation.

Before joining Kaplan, Kyra was the acquiring editor at Redleaf Press for seven years. There she identified and developed prospective authors to add to the Redleaf portfolio resulting in over 200 publications, including:

  • Giants in the Nursery: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice by David Elkind, PhD (2015);
  • Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership by Maurice Sykes (2014);
  • Learning from the Bumps in the Road: Insights from Early Childhood Leaders by Holly Elisa Bruno, Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan, Janet Gonzalez-Mena, and Luis Hernandez (2013);
  • Winning Ways for Early Childhood Professionals series by Gigi Schweikert (2012, 2013, and 2014); and
  • Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 by Brian Puerling (2012).

Kyra was a classroom teacher at the University of Minnesota’s Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School—this foundational experience continues to inform her roles as an editor and provider of content and services.

For the past five years, Kyra has been actively involved with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) National Dialogue. In 2016, Kyra will serve as Chair of the new Affiliate Advisory Council that was formed from the recommendations she helped write while serving on the committee that crafted the recommendations to the governing board for the new NAEYC mission, affiliate structure, and increased member voice.

In addition, Kyra recently completed her tenure on the board of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA), where she was instrumental in leading the two organizations into their collaboration of sharing an executive director and having a joint board of directors.

In 2015, Kyra was named an Emerging Leader by Exchange magazine.

Kyra holds an MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two sons, ages 13 and 9.

@KyraOstendorf

Kyra will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 2nd, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


4 Jan

ECE Book Study GIVEAWAY from Redleaf Press!

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Exciting news! As an Enhancing Young Minds partner for the Beyond The Pages book study, Redleaf Press is graciously donating TWO Professionalizing Early Childhood As a Field of Practice books! I hope you’ll enter the giveaway and participate in this innovative book study event. The more participants involved, the more perspective and insight shared! Click on the book image for a sneak peek inside! See below for the book description:

book study image“For many years people have thought about how to bring more professional structure to the early childhood education field. Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era is a tool to help everyone in early childhood education engage in serious discussions about professionalizing the field. Author and thought leader Stacie G. Goffin has written a book that contains an overview of the topic, a participant guide, a conversation workbook, and a facilitator guide. Each section supports deep thought and creative discussions about how early childhood education can move toward being a professional field of practice. 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.”

You have an opportunity to participate in this book study as we go through the book together, becoming an online learning community. Learn about the book study and how to register HERE. Scroll down to enter the giveaway. . .Did I mention you have 11+ possible entries? See below for details.

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Enter below for your chance to win. Each task you do is another entry for yourself in the drawing! Complete the task and then click that you did it. Tweeting on Twitter and sharing on Facebook can be done DAILY. Other entries are once per giveaway. *NOTE* This giveaway runs from 1/4/16 until 1/20/16 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

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4 Jan

Mondays with M.E.: UNLEASHING THE INSTINCT TO PLAY

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PATHWAYS TO JOY, COMPETENCE, AND CREATIVITY

Gray,Peter_bookPsychologist and research professor Peter Gray had spent years studying the biological foundations of emotions in rats and other mammals. But when his 9-year-old son had an angry outburst in the principal’s office, Peter was moved to tears and soon found himself shifting his research focus to studying education from a biological perspective. His conclusions about what is missing from children’s lives are addressed in a powerful way in his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life. Whatever the age of your children, Peter’s conversation with Marti & Erin will lead you to careful reflection on how to support your child’s success and happiness. TUNE IN HERE!

Think about the past week. How much time has your child spent playing without adult direction? How about doing pretend play (dramatic play) with other children? What did you learn in this Mom Enough interview with Peter Gray about the benefits of this kind of play? How can you create more opportunities for your child to exercise creativity through free play? Leave a reply below.

For Peter’s Psychology Today blog, click here.

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3 Jan

Who Are These ECE Guest Experts?

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I’m excited to announce a super lineup of 9 content experts who will provide commentary for my next early childhood blog book study! Who are they? Stay tuned…starting on Tuesday, I will begin releasing the names of our guest experts. One name will be released each day (T & TH) during the month of January!

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join in for this epic online event beginning Feb. 1st!

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31 Dec

TBT: Talk About Frustrating!

This frustrating post is a throw-back of mine from February 2011.

On Saturday I attended the Hooked on Books event in my town with my son. It was phenomenal! There were so many hands-on activities for children to experience and enjoy, including a few ‘meet and greet’ opportunities with authors.

We spent the full amount of time allotted at the event – 3 hours. We raced minnows, said hello to the “reading dogs”, decorated (and ate) a cupcake, while reading the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, watched dancers from the adaptive dancing program, had a free lunch/snack, made Oobleck while listening to the story Bartholomew and the Oobleck, chose a free book to keep, did some weaving on a large loom, and much more!

One of the highlights of the day for my son, was by far the “author and illustrate your own book room”. It was enjoyable for me to watch patiently as he made decisions about his creation. He learned so many concepts (ON HIS OWN) during the 45 minute process. The end result – a beaming young boy, proud of his accomplishment and very excited to read ‘his book.’ In case you’re curious, he entitled it “All About Me”, in which he discusses his favorite things. I’ve included a pic below.
All About Me- my not so frustrating experienceYou may be wondering…what was so frustrating? The people (mom) sitting directly across from us. Her poor daughter (I’d guess about 5 or 6 yrs old) had a very different experience. Her mom started out well, allowing her daughter to talk about ideas for her book. The girl decided on the front page she wanted a house and began drawing a house. Her mom stepped in and said, “Oh, but don’t you want your house to be made from one of these pretty papers? You could cut out a house.” “Okay,” said the girl. “How about a red house?” “Okay,” said the girl as she continued on to draw a door in the red house, talking about all the people that could/would come through that door. “But don’t you want a purple door?” Asked the mom, handing her some purple paper. “Yeah.”

Once the house was finished, the little girl lit up as she talked about the princess that would live in the house. “I’m going to put her in a pretty blue dress!” She exclaimed with excitement. The mom said, “First, you need to cut out the girl.” “Nah, I’m cutting out the pretty blue dress first.” “No, you need to cut out the girl first.” The girl began to cut out her ‘pretty blue princess dress’. The mom actually grabbed the scissors from her hand as she said, “How will you know how big to cut the dress if you don’t yet have the girl cut out?” With a defeated look, the young child began to cut out a little girl. The mom continued to interject her opinion about the child’s progress. Finally, the girl said, “Mom, can you just do it for me? You do it better.” And so it went, with each page, the mother choosing/doing her entire book.

Meanwhile, the child was getting more and more frustrated. At the very end she said, “I can’t do it” in reply to her mom who said, “You do it. You’re doing just fine.” I had forced myself to keep quiet throughout the entire process, although it was painstakingly frustrating for me.

When the child threw down the scissors in utter frustration, I had had enough. I spoke to the mom in a joking (but not really) manner. “Mom, it’s my book”, I said. “I know”, she replied, but it didn’t seem to help. She continued to dictate each and every flower and did most of the work herself until the book was finished.

The mom held up the book and proceeded to say, “Wow! It’s absolutely perfect!” What did the child learn from that experience? Ugh…so frustrating! Why do some people assume that children can’t do their own work? Please remember that it’s about the process, not the product (end result).

I’d love to hear about similar experiences that YOU have had. Would you have intervened? How can we support these children when they’re in our care and want us to do things for them because of experiences like this? Comment/Reply below.