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As I Walked Along The Elementary School Bus Route…

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It was beautiful spring weather yesterday and I found myself walking along the same route as the elementary school bus. It had the same bus driver from eight years ago when my youngest son rode that bus for the last time.It was taking the same route.The only thing that had changed was the children.Different children came bounding off the bus just like my two boys did years ago.They ran to a different set of adults than when my boys were younger.They were slightly disheveled in that “we were outside at recess today” way. They exited the bus talking to each other and then the adults who listened about their day.
I remember being those people with the young children.I was once that mom listening to the tales of the elementary school day.My children were once that small and young and slightly disheveled.I can still see them that way.In my mind’s eye, they are those boys even as I stand in the same room with them now – both taller than me, both with razor stubble and both so adult.One of my…

Preparing Preschoolers for Next Year: 4 Ways to Make Change Less Scary

The end of the preschool year provides us with another teaching opportunity.They say that change is scary and I cannot help but wonder if some of our fears come from the ways in which we were (or weren’t) transitioned in the early childhood years.The students in our preschools become so comfortable with their environment.They get used to seeing the same teachers and classmates.They depend upon us for not only new learning but for the most basic types of help with self-care.Then, in what must seem like a sudden jolt, their schedules change and their people change.
I have seen some adults talk about the impending changes so much that they scare children who weren’t initially worried.I have also seen adults act as if nothing is happening.There has to be a balance – a way to prepare our students without terrifying them.Here is some food for thought:                        Consider the words you use.  I avoid the word “end” when I talk about the upcoming changes.  It isn’t an ending in the …

All Behavior is Communication: What Are The Children Trying to Tell Us?

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All behavior is communication.Behavior is about the children and the impact of the world on them. It is about their perceptions, frustrations, joys, confidence and lack thereof.When we spend time with the same children day after day, we can tell when something is amiss in their lives.That is as true of toddlers through high schoolers.It is even true of adults in our lives.Aren’t there times when you just know that one of your peers is troubled?How many times have you asked, “Are you okay?” of another adult because you can simply tell that something is wrong.That adult may choose not to tell you if something is wrong.Children simply cannot.They don’t have the words, confidence or insight about themselves yet.
During my years working in early childhood education and now as a consultant who visits many schools, I have heard many truths from children.I have had children tell me, “My mommy and daddy were yelling,” “My sister has a sickness” and “My grandma died.”What they do not yet have th…