Monthly Archives: November 2022

My Teacher Lightbulb Moment – Part 2

In Part 1 I wrote about the moment a child and I smiled together, and how that was the start of my becoming a ‘real teacher’. Part 2 is how I continued, and how my teaching grew. I became ‘one’ … Continue reading

Posted in Early Education, Expressing words and feelings, Inspiration, Jim Trelease, joy, Love, preschool, quilting, reading aloud, School, Teaching young children | Tagged , , | 104 Comments

Education Quotations

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”                                                                               Margaret Mead ( “The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”                                                                               Thomas Paine ( “Do not train…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Our gigantic turkey From my school to your house, may you enjoy a turkey dinner with family and friends. Most importantly, may you enjoy loved ones and the many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for … Continue reading

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My Teacher Lightbulb Moment – Part 1

Fellow blogger Don at Don Ostertag: Off Stage recently commented, “If only other teachers were children at heart.” It hit home with me, because that is when I became a ‘real’ teacher.  That’s when I found my heart.  No, that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Early Education, Expressing words and feelings, Giving, Inspiration, joy, preschool, Teaching young children, wonder, young children | Tagged , , | 98 Comments

The Most Important Lessons in School

Originally posted on Pete Springer:
The Dalai Lama (Photo from Pixabay) One of the first pieces of advice I offer new teachers is never to lose focus on the universal lessons they want their students to learn. The primary role…

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Never Underestimate Children’s Creativity

I am still learning.  After 39 years of teaching preschool, I still learn from children.  Thank goodness!  Today was one of those days, or I should say one of those ‘moments’. It happened like this… We’re learning about woodland animals.  … Continue reading

Posted in art, Diversity, Imagination, Inspiration, preschool, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , , | 71 Comments

An Oxymoron Sky

Bright sun, black sky late this afternoon. An oxymoron, Mother Nature’s playful way. Did she want us to look up? Take in the last color of fall? I was captivated. People walked by, never looking. I was the winner, others … Continue reading

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Showing An Act of Kindness: You Never Know!

Originally posted on My Good Time Stories:
The great Chinese movie actor, Jackie Chan, once said, “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life”. It is so true! The great thing about showing…

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Veterans Day at School

Today children thanked a veteran.  That in itself is a big deal, because the children are preschoolers.  In order to thank a veteran, I need to give children a context of understanding.  That starts with songs, and my preschoolers love … Continue reading

Posted in America, American flag, Early Education, Expressing words and feelings, Giving thanks, Inspiration, military, patriotism, picture books, preschool, Singing, Teaching young children | Tagged , , , | 66 Comments

A Few Quotations On Books

Originally posted on charles french words reading and writing:
( “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”                              Marcus Tullius Cicero ( “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar…

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