Children are 100% our Future

Children are 100% our future.
School age children that attend school often spend more time in their day with teachers, than their families. Families also play an essential role in shaping the minds of the children that they also spend time with.

As I reflected all day about what to share on social media, I thought about why I chose to become a teacher, and an early childhood teacher at that and how the education a child receives becomes embedded into their character from the moment a child is born.

How can we achieve equity, equality and embrace diversity when lower income neighborhoods get funded less than higher income neighborhoods? How is this fair? How is this just?

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A Tribute to Teachers Poem

A Tribute to Teachers Poem for Teacher Appreciation Week written by a fellow educator.

“Teachers are real life superheroes.

Teachers spend all their lives being teachers, not just on the days they teach.

Teachers always think about their students- what can they do to ignite their curiosity and their love of learning.

Teachers go grocery shopping b and come home with food for their families and a lesson on how to introduce a social studies unit on cultures and diversity.

Teachers go on a nature walk and think how they can bring nature indoors- and hot down ideas to share in the science unit they are doing.

Teachers stock their house even when they might not have space on clearance art materials, coffee filters, markers, paints, plastic containers, folders and more.

Teachers hoard toys and goodies to store in their treasure boxes

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1-2-3 My Feelings and Me by Goldie Millar and Lisa A. Berger

1-2-3 Feelings for Me by Goldie Miller and Lisa A. Berger is a comprehensive and well thought out book on feelings. It can help a child navigate and be more aware of how they are feeling and provide ways in which they can categorize their feelings, share them, manage them and empower themselves through self-talk. A great book for school directors, principals, guidance counselors and teachers doing detailed unit on feelings in school or for those who work and interact with children as their profession, such as Child Life Specialists, pediatric nurses, pediatricians and hospital educators. This book can also be an asset to parents who want to better understand the details on feelings and how a child sees and experience, process, internalize and express their feelings.

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Worries are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick

Have you ever felt worried? What does it mean? How does my body felt differently when it is worried? Do adults worry too? How can I overcome this feeling? The breathing technique the author highlight in this book is brilliant, fun and relatable to many kids , “Breathe in slowly through your nose like you’re smelling cookies. Breathe out slowly through your mouth, like you’re blowing bubbles.” It honestly taught me a more visual and improved way to breathe in and out. Try it too! Smell those cookies and blow those bubbles!

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Earth Day Compost Art

Compost Art Reflection:
I watched as layers and layers of egg shells, coffee grinds, vegetable peels and apple cores get tossed into the compost bin.
The more we add in, the more beautiful it gets, layer by layer, piece by piece.
Individual pieces of everything all getting thrown away all break down, until one day, it turns into something beautiful and useful together.
Everything that was meant to be useless, broken, and tossed into a waste basket eventually turns into something fruitful for all the earth.
It reminds me of the world we live in…no one is perfect, yet when everyone works collaboratively, earth becomes a richer place. 
All this inspired me to create this page of compost art…and remind me of how beautiful nature is!

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Earth Day Skoy Eco-friendly Cloth, Scrubber and Towels Review and Giveaway

Skoy Cloths are made from natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. Yes, this is a cloth derived from wood! This sponge alternative is dishwasher, machine washashable/dryer safe and biodegradable/compostable! Read more on my review on the cloths, scrubbers and towels!

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Friendsheep Wool Eco friendly Dryer Balls

Friendsheep Eco Friendly Wool Dryer Balls and Other Goods. These dryer balls are made with fair wage by Nepali Artisans in underprivileged communities and all their packaging is 100 percent recyclable and/or biodegradable and compostable. These adorable dryer balls work great to soften the load. I am more than happy having them found in random places in my home, as they unexpectedly bring a smile to my face whenever I see them. Add a few drops of essential oil to the dryer balls to gently scent the clothing. The fun designs and shapes of the dryer balls and air freshener make them a welcome addition anywhere in our home drawers, washing machine, children’s playhouse and more. Tuck in Spring or Easter Egg hunts, in goody bags, gift to adults and kids alike!

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Art tells us it’s Okay to be You

Why kids do so much art? Why is art important in early childhood and beyond?

The more you art, the more you start to realize art is embedded in our lives and shares bits and pieces of who we are as unique, one of a kind individuals.
Art is about developing yourself. It’s taking baby steps to try new things and trying to understand things other people create and respecting their point of view.

Art is you and you are one of a kind. You are special because there is no one like you.

Life is about sharing who you are to the world, and finding not IF we connect, but HOW, WHERE and WHY we connect.

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