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From Us vs. Them to We: Fostering Collaboration in Shared Church Spaces

Hey Reader! So many of us work in churches where our classrooms are shared with Sunday School, Wednesday night and other church programming. It can be a challenge to share spaces when you feel like you’re in that room so many more hours than “they” are. Would you allow me to give you a gentle reminder today? “They” (church ministry leaders, church volunteers, even paid childcare workers) are actually on the same team as “us”. We are all called to minister to young families by caring for their…

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Navigating Tantrums: The Science Behind Meltdowns

Hey Reader! First…would you pause and pray for us? We are headed to Georgetown today to setup for our Central State Conference tomorrow and Friday! Thank you! Now…let’s get into some brain science! Have you ever tried to reason with a three-year-old who is having a melt-down? How did that go for you? Probably not well! There is some amazing brain research that actually helps us explain why that is and what we can do instead! First, let’s talk about the fact that we have “upstairs brain”,…

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I’ve got the joy, joy, joy…

Hey Reader! As an adult with a type A personality who is very performance and productivity-driven, I actually have to be intentional about bringing some playful fun into my life! Can you relate to that? Many of us live such busy lives that we have forgotten what “play” for adults actually looks like. If I asked you “What would you like to do for fun?” many of you would reply “nothing” or “sleep” or “rest” or “take a nap”. At least that’s been my experience when I’ve talked about this topic to…

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Splish, Splash, Learn! Engaging Water Play Ideas for Every Age

Hey Reader! Splish, Splash! It’s the perfect time of year to add in a little water play to your plans for the day/week/month! Whether you’re at home with young children or still in the classroom this summer, let’s explore a couple of fun ways to add water play to your day – and, as always, let’s explore what children are actually learning from these FUN, open-ended activities. **Obviously, NEVER allow young children to participate in water play without supervision. Young children can drown in…

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Celebrating Your Daily Impact: The Unseen Roles of Early Educators

Hey Reader! Today I just want to acknowledge the hard work that you do every day as an early educator. You serve in so many roles each day that there is no degree or training class that could prepare and equip you for what you are responsible for each day! You carry a lot of weight, a lot of responsibility, a lot of burden. On most days, you might find yourself as A teacher – I mean, I hope that you’re teaching these littles something! A coach – you’re coaching them along to better language,…

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School Readiness: Fostering a Love of Learning and Discovery

Hey Reader! In a recent podcast interview with Stacy Benge, we had a great conversation around the focus on school readiness for parents, legislators and even many early childhood teachers. Listen HERE for the full conversation. I want to share briefly about one comment she made at the very beginning of the episode that just keeps rolling around in my mind. “If we change our mindset from asking ‘What do I need to teach children to get ready?’, but instead ask ‘What needs to be developed for…

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