Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Today is Canada's Thanksgiving and we had our dinner/feast on Saturday in order to accommodate the two married kid's in-law schedules...that is what happens when you start planning the week before the big day! We should decide what time our Christmas meal will be so others can plan around us!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This sexualization of our girls is gone on too long and people, men, women, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, everyone MUST stand up and say "ENOUGH!" Let our children be children, they are not little adults...that thought was debunked in the late 19th Century. At least back then children were either ignored or put to work in factories or the family farm, not wholesaled off as mini-porn stars.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Private Campground near Prince George, B.C.
Canada Day 2011 in Hinton, Alberta:
It was a cool wet July with bursts of sun but the kids still were able to get out and play at a play yard built by the city of Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Families came to view and contemplate. And preserve memories of the visit.
Albert Einstein...a great man who as a child struggled to learn traditionally and then became a great scientist.
Make the most of what is left before formal schooling starts again (or continues for those who are doing a modified school calendar).
Friday, May 27, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
- Let children speak freely about what scares them or puzzles them.
- Encourage children to act out their fears through dramatic play [this is very important, as they play out their fears instead of talking about them]
- If they ask, “Are we going to have an earthquake?” Say,“You are scared that an earthquake is going to happen to you? It is not happening right now”. Keep it in present tense.
- Let children practice where to go in case a disaster was to occur, even if the chances are slim that it will not occur in your area. Children believe it is going to happen. So getting under tables, in door frames, all add to a sense of safety for them.
- Maintain consistent routines, it makes children feel safe
- Point out the acts of recovery rather than the gloom. A dog was found and given food, people are in the hospital getting better, the helicopters are ﬁnding people, etc.
- Remind them if there was an earthquake or other disaster that you, teacher, grandparent, etc. are there to help them.
- Keep the talk among adults away from children’s ears.
- Remind them if there was an earthquake or other disaster that you, teacher, grandparent, etc. are there to help them. (danieljhodgins.com)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
I'm into week
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
A couple of posts ago I talked about colouring outside the lines and how important it is to let children have that freedom. I'd like to expand that a bit with some ideas on how.
Have paper and wax & pencil crayons/felt pens/paint handy. Having a dedicated area/table with readily available encourages the child to explore those creative outlets when the mood/idea strikes him/her. Forcing or 'heartily encouraging' a child to do something is counterproductive. If it is something they don't want to do at that time it could stifle future desires and therefore reduce the pre-literacy skill development free art offers.
Don't tell the child what to create, giving suggestions is fine, but make it a short list of different topics. If they want to create and the material is available, then they won't need to have promptings. If they just want to slap paint or scribble, let them. Ask them to tell you about it, maybe it is just scribbles-"nothing" but still comment positively on it. Comment on the colours, the use of the space ("you covered this paper really well") and ask if they like it or don't like it. Post it up on the wall or fridge. When you want to take it down, put it in a box labeled with the child's name.
I know that the artwork can really pile up in a really short time, and the labeled box gives the child the sense that you value his effort even though it is not on display anymore. Every few months (or when the box becomes full) weed out the boxed work. Depending on the child's age, you can involve them in the weeding process, remembering to emphasize that everyone needs to get rid of stuff they like. With that in mind, involve him/her in weeding something of yours. They could place your unused articles in a box/bag for charity. Most people have 'stuff' they can weed out.
This example (them helping to declutter our 'junque') can also be applied to creativity, do paint, colour or draw with your child. The dust bunnies will wait but the child's moment at that age won't and you'll never be able to capture it again. It doesn't matter if you "can't" draw--it isn't about creating a fine art piece or saleable craft, it is about helping your child to develop those very important pre-literacy skills...and developing or strengthening a bond between yourself. You two just may create similar work...remember it isn't to be sold, but to be displayed in the home to say "look what I can create!" Everyone can do art, can create or move a crayon around on a piece of paper. Can't colour within the lines? Then don't restrict yourself. And don't restrict your child to only colouring books. They do have value, but free eye-hand movement is very important.
Let's colour outside of the lines...free our inner selves!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
The Alberta Family Child Care Association is having Dan Hodgins be a keynote speaker. I discovered him last year at a conference for the Canadian Association for Young Children. I was blown away with him and now follow him on Facebook and receive his newsletters. While I have some questions I need to ask him, overall his opinions and concepts are well worth listening too. He is very much into working within the child's frame of reference (within the child's abilities and knowledge of things). I especially appreciate his attitude towards boys. He really understands that boys and girls are different and in general need to be responded to in their own unique way. It is unique because active children are often told "shut up and do it my way", which is an adult's perspective. I read his book "Boys: Change the Environment and Not the Child" and found useful things that as a SAHM would've been really more supportive to my four kid's personal growth.
For events he'll be at (he does a lot in the States) in addition to getting onto his newsletter list: http://www.danieljhodgins.com
The Calgary brochure: http://calgarychildcare.org/uploads/2011_MADN_Brochure_and_Registration_Form_-_WAY3.pdf
There is another one that my alma mater is hosting but I cannot for the life of me find a link. I do have a completed proposal which does not help at all. But, it is "Celebrating Child Care Conference" and is only one day, April 6, 2011 at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. The organizers are on the same advisory committee that I am on for the Child & Youth Human Rights extension certificate.
Salt Lake, Utah--two of them:
I came across this conference for beginning bloggers (or those just wanting to connect in real time with other bloggers): http://www.casualbloggerconference.com/
This one is on Early Education and Technology...probably not for the casual person but someone who is really interested/bent towards technology and children's early learning: http://www.eetcconference.org/
I'm continually surprized at the resources available to parents but really aren't 'out there' and easily accessed. Here is a listing of Worldwide Conferences to do with children and families: http://www.conferencealerts.com/youth.htm
I find just the brief write-ups about speaker's topics to be informative. And free (a key thing for me is to learn without spending money or just a little $$).
Welcome to a great New Year!