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Teach Your Child That Mistakes Are Their Helpers

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Teaching children that mistakes are a vital part of the learning process helps to build confidence, resilience and creativity in children. If children are allowed and actually encouraged to make mistakes they will learn to not take things personally and are willing to explore and try new things. They will receive valuable and necessary information about themselves and the world that they live in. Most importantly they will learn what works and doesn’t work and develop a mind that is open,  flexible and learn to tolerate when things don’t go their way more.

ENCOURAGE POSSIBILITY THINKING

As educators, caregivers and parents we want our children to confidently and boldly learn about the world around them and how they fit in it. We want them to be willing to take risks, make a mess, explore and discover. When we box children into only right or wrong answers or only a certain way to perform a task we are limiting their learning potential and minimizing their learning experiences. Instead we want our children to learn to think about what else is possible? What other ways can a task be successfully completed?

I totally understand that they are right and wrong ways to do things and children definitely should be taught this. What I am talking about are areas where they are no right or wrong answers, but sometimes teachers and parents make it that way.

CHILDREN NEED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING TOO

A perfect example of this is when teachers don’t allow children to do their own art work. They are usually well meaning in that they want the class to have beautiful art hung around the room and in the school. What they fail to realize is that things like art, music, painting and building with blocks or legos  or anything else, is not about perfection or right or wrong but are merely for the expression and exploration of those mediums.

Some teachers and parents understand this but do not want to deal with the mess or noise that these activities create. Once in one of my classes we were having such a blast that the noise level had reached a high pitched scream. We were in an area where we were the only ones using that area and the teacher jumps up with this frown on her face and screams “BE QUIET!!!!!!!”

We quickly took a rest period with a magic number( a game that I play with the children to get them to be still, listen and focus) to quiet the kids. It wasn’t the worst thing because we had been running around so it was time to take a rest anyway. After class I spoke with the teacher to explain that noise is to be expected when kids are having fun and the class is designed to allow for this and also help them to calm down also.

I hope you get my point, in that we should make allowances for and encourage the best way that children will learn and express themselves. We should also take care of ourselves so that we can allow for those methods and facilitate the learning process of children. How have you managed to do this for your children? What has worked for you either in your home or classroom. Please share your thoughts with us in the form of a comment. Also share this with your family and friends either online or off. Have a great day! :-)

Tweet for Preschool For Preschool Day

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Today is “Tweet for Preschool Day” in New Jersey. It is being held by the ACNJ( Advocates for Children of New Jersey) and the New Jersey Chapter of the National Association for the Education of the Young Child. The tweeting will be going on before and during the New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate. The two candidates Chris Christie and Barbara Buono will have their second debate live at Montclair State University at 8 pm EST. Check the listings in your area to see where it is on television. It will also be online at MyFoxPhilly: http://www.myfoxphilly.com/category/272076/new-jersey-gubernatorial-debate-live-stream .

Let’s show the candidates that we care about providing quality education for our children and all children throughout New Jersey. You can go to the ACNJ’s site :  http://www.acnj.org/ , and look under the In the Spotlight area,  there are a number of tweets to choose from if you have a twitter account. If not you can easily set one up at http://www.twitter.com and follow the prompts there.

Have a great day! :-)

Movement and Play Two Essential Elements To Healthy Babies

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Movement and play are essential  for all babies to grow up healthy and achieve optimal development. I was reading several comments to an article written by an occupational therapist, a mother or three and has a PhD in Educational Psychology. This article was on crawling and the therapist and PhD gave her expert opinion on the fact that she felt it was instrumental in a child’s development. She also acknowledged that there are some babies that never crawled and were fine.

I couldn’t believe all of the argumentative and upset comments she got in response. Many people seem to get so defensive and wanted to slice the woman in two it seemed. To be fair not all of the comments were like this, there were many people who thanked her for the information and also agreed with her. What she was sharing was from her experience and training and she wanted parents to be safe rather than take any chances with their children’s growth and development.

To my surprise I read a comment from a mother whose son didn’t start crawling until he was a year old. He didn’t move  in any way or even  roll over until Read more »

Why Bouncing Babies Is Good For Them

When I teach my infants we have this song called “Bouncing Baby”. This is one of their favorite songs. I use it for children from around six to seven months up to two years old. I think one of the reasons that they love it so much is babies love to bounce. Bouncing, clapping and tapping are all very important to babies’ growth and development. These three things help babies with rhythm and timing.

Helping children with rhythm and timing is important. It helps them with Read more »

My Wish For Everyone

 

May-all-beings-be-happyThis is my wish for everyone including myself, that we all be happy and free. When it comes right down to it, when you get to the heart of the matter being happy and free are two things that we really want.  When we are free to be who and what we are whatever that may be we are happy. I would say that we want these two things even more than money. When we are free, to me this means that we are free from worry, fear of being judged or unaccepted and we have freedom of expression, which is very important to me.

Artistic and creative expressions are two things that help me to feel free and happy. Whether I am creating a dance, workshop or a curriculum I am so happy and free. I used to think that artistic expression were things like drawing, or painting and things like that. I have finally come to realize that the real payoff for me is that I create something from nothing and I get to share it and express it. I always hope that it brings value to the people that I share it with whether they are children are adults, and I am very happy when it does.

What makes you feel happy and free. Have you ever thought about it? What makes you feel like you are laying on the beach  or at the park lying in the grass or even in your own backyard looking at the clouds as they float by on a beautiful day. Make a promise to yourself that you will set aside time to do this either today or tomorrow. A lot of us have a lot more freedom and happiness in our lives than we realize. It’s time to start acknowledging it and appreciating it. That way we will have more of it. Wishing you a wonderful and amazing day full of happiness and freedom to be.

Please share this post with your family and friends online and off, through social media or word of mouth. I’d also like you to share what makes you feel happy and free in a comment below. Have a great day.:-)