Social Media + Early Childhood Education = Magic

Not “techie”?  Me neither, but I am fearless, and curious. I began to dabble in social media forums, the possibilities & opportunities for our organization invigorated me and its impacts have positively changed my daily practice. 5 reasons to use Social Media in Early Childhood settings 1.Advertising:                                                                                                                       It is a far more cost effective…

Lost Mitten, Found Joy

We just opened a new child care centre, with two GTFRC immigrants, one former staff, and the remaining new hires. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but the “culture” of the centre didn’t feel like Growing Together. I was confused because all of these professionals were well qualified and versed in our philosophy of an “Emergent…

Got any spare Change?

I am still surprised by the impact change has on each of us. Looking at huge organizational changes last summer, I had an epiphany as I was leading our monthly staff meeting, and put my arms out, bent my knees, planted my feet and squinted out to the horizon and said “We are going to…

It’s a Tradition!!!

“But mom you have to do it, it’s a tradition”. The mere phase “it’s a tradition” in our household makes whatever that action might be, special & sacred. My daughters are especially fervent in preserving “traditions”. Some of these, actually many of them, I had no idea were traditions! Having just gone through Christmas, I…

Bread sticks & Fancy glasses

My daughter (second year ECE student) is so lucky to be mentoring under our Literacy Specialist Carrie Myers.  I was sharing this with a friend and added, “She empowers women”.  I explained how she holds a metaphorical mirror and reflects back to them the worth in what they do and the difference they are making…

Frogger Blogger

Frogger blogger, like “Frogger” jumping in and out of traffic, it’s like my blog has taken a life of its own as it is exciting but exposed and that feels dangerous. I almost threw my last blog in the virtual trash as it just was not coming together.  I was so frustrated.  My “critical friends”…

I forgive you.

I’m sorry, sorry, oops excuse me, sorry.That was me this weekend getting through the crowd at Edcamp Southwestern Ontario conference. It’s said we Canadian’s are some of the most polite people in the world.I know saying I’m sorry in that context is just good manners, but it made me reflect on apologies and forgiveness. I’m…

Whistle While You Work

I don’t speak Dutch! At least not very well, but I can sing two little songs in Dutch, because my grandmother taught them to me as a child. Music flowed throughout my childhood, whether it was singing at church, listening to live classical music, or singing campfire songs with my cousins, using my voice to…

Risky Business

Attending a local literacy conference with Lisa Murphy (Oooey Gooey Lady) as the keynote speaker my soul was stirred, but as my preacher says my heart was also pricked. YouTube her, she’s amazing. I sent her a thank you message with the closing salutation “Wishing you peace and play”. As a child of the 70’s…

Good for you!

I was observing one of our superstar ECE’s interacting at the lunch table with a group of seven children. One little guy jumping in and out of his seat asked politely for food. The staff responded, “Nice manners” and scooped some pasta on his plate. He poured himself some milk and passed it to the…

Follow the leader.

Over the past number of years I have felt like a mother hen trying to keep all my chicks (cute, fluffy yellow ones) under my wing and not let them be snatched or wander away.  This has taken the form of workshops on; how to attract and retain staff, how to motivate staff, how to…

It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.

As I walked up the sidewalk to our childcare’s front door, I noticed one of our staff’s children crying.  Her little fingers curled around the chain link fence, peering through.  I knelt down, saw the tears rolling down her face and spoke softly to her.  Within minutes her Early Childhood Educator came over, and scooped…