Thursday, July 28, 2011

Resource Page

Please go to my Favorite Resources page to check out what early childhood resources I've discovered. I've also added a few resources that I would love to share with you. If you have any that you would like to share, please post in your comments. I love finding new resources and learning new things!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Positive Influences/Passionate Quotes

 Positive Influences
This week we were asked to research two people who made a major influence in early childhood education. One person I decided to research was a man by the name of Edward Zigler. This was an easy pick because he is one of the founders of Head Start. I work for Head Start and I have a passion for Head Start--I believe it does make a difference. Here is a great quote by Edward Zigler--it's about parent involvement--this quote is going in my office!!
"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)."
Perkins-Gough, D., & Zigler, E. (2007). Giving Intervention a Head Start. Educational Leadership, Vol. 65 (2), pp. 8-14. Retrieved from (Accession Number 27575727).

The Beach Center on Disability (2011). Beach Resource Detail Page. Implementing inclusive early education: A call for professional empowerment. Retrieved July 22, 2011, from

Passionate Quotes
As our courses have progressed, we have learned of many early childhood educators that are very passionate about their work. Here are two quotes from two passionate educators that I found insightful!
"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

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Positive Role Models

I grew up in a small town surrounded by many family members. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins--we all lived within miles of one another. Everyone was very close--we even vacationed together! Because of this I had many positive role models in my life. I have dedicated a page to five people who were very influential in my life as a young child. Please check out my Personal Childhood Web page--enjoy!!!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Favorite Artwork (created by my daughter)

My daughter loves to draw and this is my favorite piece of artwork! My daughter drew this last year and it is a picture of our family--even our beloved pets (they are not named Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty but she is a princess at heart). She drew the most important people in her life happy (with balloons), holding hands and standing close to one another (hard to see but it's Daddy, Mommy, Daughter). She knows she is loved and this makes her very happy!

Favorite Children's Book

"Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch is my all time favorite book for children. This book is so special to me because it tells the story of the unconditional love a parent has for their child. Sadly, not every child will receive a parent's unconditional love. That is why it is very important for Early Childhood Educators to care for and show love to all students. See if you can read this book without crying!!!