Eat, Drink, and Breathe … Early Childhood is in my blood. I don’t know why I don’t just consider it a job and decide to find avenues that are more lucrative. It has never been about the money for me, always the cause. I guess the way I look at it is I love what I do, I know I make a difference, and I want my children to have the opportunity to attend places that provide quality care, play, and constructive learning. The truth is that this is becoming harder and harder to find these days. The top down, academic driven world is leaving all of the children behind despite NCLB efforts or non-efforts I would like to say. The main point is I keep trekking on because I know it is the right thing to do… I see it coming, change! But, change comes with a movement and a movement is started by sharing. So on my mission for change I am working towards spending more effort in training and sharing progressive ideas. My first project is sharing some great literacy and garden trainings with other EC people back in my home town. I just feel like I have gained so much by growing up there and finding my way in the EC world that I need to share what I know. I am not an expert, I think I share that a lot. I have great ideas to share that are top notch and I know that there is more out there for me to learn too. Now I can invite people to the table but the fact is that setting the table cost money. I am not in this to fill my pockets but I do need to put food on the table (as the saying goes). Really when I drive for funds the funds are to support the costs of training, to make it possible and to do it the right way – with quality materials. So here is a call out – support would be greatly appreciated. Please check out my link: http://www.gofundme.com/2rvm3k Every bit helps and is greatly appreciated. The perk is that if you are an EC person your donation gets you a seat at the literacy training, if you happen to be in the area at the time (Chautauqua County, August). So check out the link and look for future updates.
I know, I know! All of a sudden this blog was on fire and then it seemed to just freeze! It is called the end of the year race.
First it was the slam of the end of the year and then it was recovery mode. We do summer programming at my school so one door closed and another opened – suddenly I found myself with no time or energy to post. Like a mini-episode of teacher burn out! But there is nothing better to cure teacher burn out then the children doing amazing things – just revives the soul! So!!!! I am finally back in the swing of things – always busy but now ready to get back into posting. Sorry for the hiatus – but back into full swing we go!
For starters catch a few sensory-sational newbies on the sensory-sational tab! How do you salt? Yep – check under S for salt and then scroll down to T for Tempera Ice Cubes (not your average adventure because this simple cube is being added to a EC favorite – shaving cream!). That should keep you recharged for your tables and messy play for a day or two.
Let’s talk about politics! I know, yes it is not what I want to really talk about but the reality is that as advocates we have to be on the up and up with this. I am not going to say that I am great on this front but I try to stay a bit in the loop. Here are a few things to check up on:
Support the Rally for Babies – advocate for early learning initiatives:
Follow the public policy world for EC by becoming a children’s champion. Join the email list to get updates on what is happening with policy, funding, and impacts on the EC community. Help be a decision maker! – http://www.naeyc.org/policy
Explore Children’s Rights and how to get involved (The links below are related to big picture advocacy efforts but there are many local ways to advocate for children as well – PTA, Board of Ed, Public Policy groups through NAEYC affiliates, and list goes on…) Check these out and then find your niche:
Have you heard of TED talks? I am in love with a few progressive education ones and had to share them:
(Click above! This guy is spot on and funny! Plus you have to fall in love with the accent.)
Alright, did I give you enough to keep you busy? Be sure to link up to the Facebook page for mini updates on the blog. Every once and awhile I post something up there that I do not blog about. https://www.facebook.com/NoProProgressiveEducation
Until Next Time,