"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses."
My family is my biggest support--check out my support page!!
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard ShawPlease check out my page dedicated to play. As I am typing this my daughter is upstairs, playing alone and using her imagination. We need to remember to cut off the t.v., video games and computer so our children can experience the play we experienced as young children.
|Carson playing school with her stuffed animals :)|
"The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done." Jean Piaget
|Teaching young children in Spain|
Meredith (my sister) is on the back row
Children in Spain are grouped in Cycle's. Cycle 1 consists of 1st and 2nd Grade, Cycle 2 consists of 3rd and 4th Grade and Cycle 3 consists of 5th and 6th Grade. The child remains with the same teacher during the Cycle (at the end of 2nd grade the child moves to a new cycle and a new teacher). At the end of each cycle the young child is given an English exam. This exam does not determine whether or not the child moves to the next cycle. In fact the school has to pay to receive results. The child is assessed as a whole--their educational advancement is not determined by one test.My sister and I are both similar--we agree with this method. She also did not do well on tests but look where she is now. She is living her dream in a country she adores! Imagine if her educational fate was determined by her test taking skills.
Smiling through his stress
"3 to 4 weeks after the tsunami 14% to 39% of children and 41% of adolescents had PTSD"(Tull, 2009).
"It is not known what the long term psychological effects on children will be, but it is estimated that many survivors will develop psychiatric disorders" (Tull, 2009).Maybe the chaos of moving multiple times is not as detrimental as the chaos the tsunami caused, but none the less any chaos in early childhood can be traumatic.
|Being fed by Daddy in the NICU|
|Thursday March 1, 2007|
|My beautiful baby girl in the NICU|
|First day of school.|
August 15, 2011
"The more involved parents are in the education of their children, the better the children's education and performance (Zigler, E., 2007)."The second person I researched was Ann Turnbull, Ed.D. She is a distinguished professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She has a true passion for children with disabilities. I believe regardless of race, socioeconomic status or mental ability ALL children deserve the best education. ALL children should be treated the same. Here is a quote from a study she participated in :
"Encourage parent partnerships grounded in trust and open communication (Beach Center on Disability, 2011)."References
"The passion to create a safer more just world for ALL children". Louise Derman-Sparks, Professor Emeritus, Pacific Oak College, CA
"Everyday I go to work and look forward to it because I know the services I'm providing are to the benefit of ALL children". Raymond Hernandez MS Ed, Executive Director, School of Early Childhood Education, University of Southern California