Saturday, August 18, 2012


I would like to share a word of thanks to everyone who improved my communication skills! I enjoyed reading your discussions and blog posts and your wisdom has helped me improve my communication skills with families and children. I appreciate each and everyone of you!!

Thanks!!! Thanks!!! Thanks!!!
Good luck as we continue this journey!!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Team Work

This week we had to think about team work we have been involved in. In my profession, team work is essential for young children and their families. I am a member of several teams and it was not hard for me to visualize myself working in a team. For this assignment, I have several questions to answer on team work :).

Consider the adjourning phase for several of the groups in which you have been involved. Think about which aspects of the groups made for the hardest good-bye. 
When a group adjourns, it essentially disbands or disassembles (O'Hair & Wiemann, 2009). When a group I'm involved with disassembles I have to admit some sadness. I feel a loss of the new friendships I have gained, a loss of the schedule/consistency a group gives me and I feel sad for the welfare of the children we were meeting on. I'm not keen on change so when a group adjourns the change does not settle well with me. 
  Are high-performing groups hardest to leave? Groups with the clearest established norms?  Which of the groups that you participated in was hardest to leave? Why?  
 High-performing groups are hard to leave because you know how hard you have worked for the best interest of the child. You also learn a lot about yourself and gain knowledge from the professionals involved in the group. I also find groups with clear, established norms hard to leave because of the level of professionalism and consistency they offer. These two groups are hard to leave equally in my opinion.
What sorts of closing rituals have you experienced or wish you had experienced?  
Usually, when a group disassembles there are a lot of well-wishers and phone numbers exchanged (e-mail addresses too). Sadly, the communication ends and follow up with the professionals is not consistent. My wish would be to establish a reunion of sorts. I would love to see my fellow group members in months or years to see the work they have accomplished and share ideas. 
 How do you imagine that you will adjourn from the group of colleagues you have formed while working on your master’s degree in this program? Why is adjourning an essential stage of teamwork? 
I imagine that I will do the same as I do when a team disassembles. I will wish them well with the hopes of communicating in the future. Perhaps I should make more of an effort to follow up--not just one e-mail or text, but several so my peer knows that I am serious with maintaining a relationship. Adjourning is so important because it allows your colleagues/peers to understand how you felt during the group work and how you will feel about the group/work you participated in. Groups allow us to feel important and special and who wants to lose that feeling!?!? 

O'Hair, D. & Wiemann, M. (2009). Real communication: An introduction. Boston, MA: Bedford/St. Martin's.

Sunday, July 29, 2012


This week, I'm asked to discuss some conflicts and strategies that help me manage or resolve the conflicts. I've got a great example. At the beginning of each new school year, my co-workers and I go through each child's folder. One thing we look at is the child's preferred name. The child could go by his middle name or even have a nickname. My co-workers and I view this very differently. I believe if the child goes by A.J. then in class he should be called A.J. It is what he is used to--it's his first school experience and we want the child to feel secure in class. My co-workers believe this is harmful and want to use the name Adam (first name). They want him to know his first name--without the nickname. I understand he will need to learn to spell his name--but before we get to that point lets call him something he's familiar with. Regardless, I usually do not battle this decision--just give my opinion. I let them know how I feel--we do this every year! This year I decided to use the 3 r's we have learned about: respectful, reciprocal, responsive. I listen to their reasoning--it appears it may be a cultural difference. I listen with my full attention without becoming defensive to our new students and their preferred names. I reciprocate their feelings--I give and take-- and then I respond. I respond with why I feel strongly about this. I express my concerns of a child not knowing his full name--only his preferred name. I explain that this child may need the comfort of hearing his preferred name. I am met with defensiveness and reasons why this is wrong, but I stand firm in my opinion. Sure, we may differ on the opinion of this, but I have learned that by following the 3 r's I don't feel personally hurt by their decision. (I don't know why I take it personally :).

This class is really help me become a better communicator! I can see great change in my communication styles!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Rebekah, the Communicator

This week, we were assigned the task of taking several self-report tests. We then had to get two other individuals to take the tests and answer the questions based on how they perceive us. I was on a family vacation so the two individuals I chose to answer the questions were family members. I was surprised at how well they knew me! My answers and their answers were very similar--our scores too. One test I took was a verbal aggressiveness scale. Going into the test, I assumed my verbal aggressiveness scale would be low or non-existent. I was wrong! Both myself and my family rated me as having moderate verbal aggressiveness. I guess I am more outspoken then I thought! What did not surprise me were the results I got for my listening style profile. I enjoy listening and talking to people. I have a hard time interrupting their thoughts--even if my time is limited. The listening style scale said I belong to Group 1 which is....people-oriented! This was a great test and after a nice summer (with several vacations) I start back to work tomorrow. I am going to share these scales with my co-workers! I want to see if they know me as well as my family knows me :).

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Communication and Cultural Diversity

So far, I have gained a lot of knowledge when it comes to communication. I am only in week three, but feel I have gotten a great introduction to the world of communication. I did not think I would enjoy this course--I am somewhat shy and communicating with others is a work in progress--but I am really enjoying this course. I see what I need to work on and what I am good at (in terms of communicating).

I do find myself communicating differently with people from different groups/cultures. I think we all do to some extent. When I talk with someone of a different sexual orientation I am more aware of what I say. I try to stay neutral in topic--as not to offend anyone. Same thing for different races. I am more aware of what I say because offending someone unintentionally would really hurt myself and others. When I go back to work, I am going to listen to my preschool families and co-workers. I am going to see if they change their type of communication when speaking with other cultures and groups.

Three strategies to help me communicate more effectively:
Becoming more aware of the different cultures and their communication strategies.
Don't assume communication styles based on appearance.
Truly listen to the person without assumptions or bias. You can learn a lot about communication when you truly listen.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Communication and Television

This week's assignment was fun! I enjoy television and I love people watching--I got to do both things as a homework assignment--isn't learning fun!!! I watched the 90's sitcom Friends which is featured (reruns) on a popular television station. The episode I watched was a Thanksgiving episode and everyone had plans but all plans fell through. One character was to cook a special dinner and the dinner turned in to a fiasco. 
This week I had to watch a show muted and then watch the show with the volume. These are the questions I had to ponder without volume:
  • What do you think the characters’ relationships are based on the ways in which they are communicating?
  • What are they feeling and expressing based on the nonverbal behavior you are observing?
These are the questions I had to ponder with volume:
  • What assumptions did you make about the characters and plot based on the ways in which you interpreted the communication you observed?
  • Would your assumptions have been more correct if you had been watching a show you know well?
With the volume muted it appeared that I was watching "friends" enjoy each other's company. They seemed to have positive interactions, sat closely to one another, expressed themselves nicely with hand gestures and appeared to be listening to one another. This group of individuals were smiling consistently and appeared genuinely happy without any pending drama or issues.

With the volume turned up, I realized the group of friends were struggling with decisions. One "friend" did not have money to return home, one "friend" hated the Thanksgiving holiday and one "friend" did not celebrate Thanksgiving on the traditional day. Watching their smiles and their close proximity to one another, I assumed the "friends" were happy without any issues. Sometimes smiles and closeness can appear that everything is okay when it truly is not okay. Sometimes body language can be a disguise to one's true feelings.
If I had watched a show I frequented quite often, I would have been able to know that the smiles hide anger or disgust. I love reality drama and although the characters are smiling, they generally are discussing another characters short comings. I would have been able to read the non-verbal cues much easier.
I realize I am not as gifted in the non-verbal department as I thought I was. Sometimes I cannot read non-verbal cues correctly, or read them at all.
Very interesting assignment...

Friday, June 29, 2012

Competent Communication

I'm in a new course at Walden University and this course is all about communication. I believe we all need help in this field--even the best of communicators.

My sister in law is a great example of someone who is a good communicator. She is honest, listens to others, acknowledges the feelings of others, includes her emotions in the conversation, offers constructive criticism and it is apparent she is tuned in to the other person. We have the best conversations and I enjoy communicating with her. Sometimes she communicates through beautifully written letters. Most importantly she advocates for young children who cannot stand up for themselves--regardless of the feelings she hurts or the anger it causes. She wants the best for all children! 

I would love to communicate as effectively as her. Sometimes I leave out all the information to avoid confrontation. Sometimes I leave out emotions because it is hard to share my emotions with others. I must admit, I can write a competent, communicative letter when needed-but I don't do that often enough. She is someone I look up to on many levels--but especially communication!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Professional Hopes and Goals

This course has taught me so much. I have learned to open my mind and listen to the families when they speak to me about their child. As a mother, you want the best for your child and our preschool families are no different. I'm going to share a hope and goal I have for the EC field and for myself.

Hope: My hope for myself is to continue to remain open minded and anti-bias when working with young children and their families. When children begin their preschool experience, families look to us (the professionals) to make the experience as easy on the child/family as possible. They look to us to accept them as family. My hope is to continue to treat families and children as family.

Goal: My goal for the EC field is for the field to provide anti-bias curriculum and to never prejudice against any family or child. Each child is an individual with individual needs and the EC field should cherish and honor the individual needs of all children.

I would like to end this course with a note of thanks. I cannot thank my peers and my professor enough for the support and feedback I received. I enjoyed the interactions with everyone and the growth I've experienced can only be witnessed in my work--cannot be expressed in words.

Thanks again!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Welcoming Families Around the World

This week, the assignment really sparked my interest. Below is the topic:

You are working in an early childhood setting of your choice—a hospital, a child care center, a social service agency. You receive word that the child of a family who has recently emigrated from a country you know nothing about will join your group soon. You want to prepare yourself to welcome the child and her family. Luckily, you are enrolled in a course about diversity and have learned that in order to support families who have immigrated you need to know more than surface facts about their country of origin.

I decided to focus on Russia. I can honestly say I know nothing about Russia, about their culture, about their education and I do not understand their language :). Working at a public child-care center, many different cultures walk in the center and wish for childcare. When someone of a culture unknown to you enters, it is your duty as an educator to learn all you can about said culture so the family feels welcome. As an educator I would prepare myself for the child and his family.

Ways I would prepare:
1. I would research all I could about the culture of Russia. I would see what their day looks like--do they break in the afternoons for a rest? Do they follow certain traditions such as afternoon tea?
2. Are Russian families small? Is the child going to have a mother and father at functions or will he invite his whole family? I discovered that Russian families not only consist of mother and father, but of uncle, grandmother, grandfather, etc. (Master Russian, 2012). As an educator, I will prepare for the many guests that visit the classroom.
3. Although I would be unable to understand their language, I would find a translator so I can ask important questions about the family. I would listen and take notes on their culture so the child would feel respected in the classroom.
4. I would have words in Russian, along with other languages, posted throughout the classroom. This way the child and family would understand what items are represented in the classroom and have the comfort of seeing his written language.
5. I would conduct a home visit so I can see the families culture in the home. I've learned Russians make great hosts, and I will kindly accept their tea, cookie or perhaps even a gift without hesitation or resistance.

By committing to the traditions of my Russian family, I hope the child and family will feel as special as my other children. My hope would be the family would feel comfortable enough to visit the classroom, to allow me the honor of teaching their child and feel respected in the school setting. I wish this for all children, but I think it is so important to honor the children who have come from another country. Their world is different and we need to establish some form of home similarities in the classroom.

Master Russian (2012). Russian hospitality. Retrieved June 16, 2012, from

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice and Oppression

This week, we are asked to discuss personal biases that have happened to us personally or we have witnessed. This is not something I personally witnessed, but heard about from a friend of mine. My friend is African American and took her car to get serviced at a local repair shop. The repairman (Caucasian) was in a foul mood and my friend asked how long she would be without a car. His response... "you people get on my nerves". She said it took all she had not to slap him in the face. She said to him "excuse me" and he only mumbled something under his voice. She felt betrayed and hurt. She has never returned to this dealer and still feels very hurt by his actions.

This incident diminished equity because he decided that he was superior to my friend. Did he feel this way because of his race?

When my friend shared this story with me, I felt so hurt for her. How could he make such a harsh comment? Does he not have feelings at all? She is a person with feelings just as he is--how would he feel? It must have really hurt my friend to hold on to the story for years and to not forget this man's hurtful words.

This man needs to understand that no one is superior. There are no races that are greater than others, men are not greater than women, heterosexuals are not greater than homosexuals. We are all individuals with feelings and emotions. Change needs to occur with education. Someone needs to properly educate this man and other individuals who are prejudice.

This course has been so resourceful--it has been so great to learn and share these types of stories with my classmates!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


I must admit, going back to school to obtain my master's degree was the best decision I could have made! I've learned so much---this week I learned about microaggressions. I have heard them used by individuals, but did not realize they had a name. This week we are supposed to write about microaggressions that were detected by us--either to an individual or to ourselves. I have racked my brain--sadly, during pregnancy, I am not as aware as I normally would be. I tend to ignore any negativity and not hold on to hurtful words. I decided to call a co-worker/friend and explain microagressions. I then asked if she had experience with this this week. She said in fact her daughter did. Her daughter is in middle school and finished her last day of school Friday the 25th. Her daughter is African American and was having lunch with her Caucasian friends. One of her friends, nonchalantly, asked "why do you all style your hair differently". Her daughter was hurt by the "you all", but knew her friend meant nothing by it. My co-worker/friend said it happens all the time--people say things out of curiosity but it sometimes bring pain.

I am working with new preschool parents--families for the 2012-2013 school year. I have been very cautious at what I say while working with these families. I do not want to stereotype the families based on their responses to my questions or when they misspell words or when they do not understand the questions. Before this week I did not know about microaggressions and did not realize my one (seemingly small) comment could really hurt someone else. I am happy I have learned this and can now focus on what I will say before I say it. Everyone in the early childhood field should have to take this course--it has taught me so much!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Perspectives of Diversity and Culture

This week, I had to ask three different people their definition of culture and diversity. I asked my sister, sister in law and co-worker of mine. We had to ask one person who is culturally different than ourselves and that is my co-worker. Regardless of the different cultures all three basically said the same thing.
(sister) Culture: Groups of people--like people from Spain--following specific traditions/rules
(sister-in-law) Culture: People of the same group following the same rules
(co-worker) Culture: Beliefs people have--one group of people believing the same thing

(sister) Diversity: Different kinds of people like different races.
(sister-in-law) Diversity: Different genders, races--just different people.
(co-worker) Diversity: Different types of people.

I thought their answers were pretty good. I asked them informally and wanted the first answer that came to mind. I think they all did a great job explaining what we have been learning in class. The beliefs people have is a simple way to describe culture. Different types of people is a simple way to describe diversity. When one group follows one belief that is a culture. I don't feel anything was omitted from their definitions. Their definitions were solid definitions that we have been reviewing in class. If I were asked to define these words I would have to agree with each answer--their answers influenced me to understand that the people I surround myself with view diversity and culture as I do. Even my co-worker, who is of a different race, answered the questions similar to my sister and sister-in-law, who are of the same diversity as me.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Family Culture

This assignment was very interesting to me. I had to think of "things" that make up my family culture and narrow down three items that I would take with me after vacating my country and moving to a new country. Luckily, my family is going with me, so I thought about the things that define us and here is my list.

  • My daughter's memory book: Since I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter in 2006, I have kept a book of memories. Inside the book are milestones, her drawings, a lock of hair (first hair cut), pictures and written memories. This book would remind me of how important life is and we look at this book often. She loves to read about herself as a baby and I love to be reminded of how little she once was. 
  • The iPod my husband and I share. My husband and I have downloaded many songs on our iPod--even songs for our daughter--and we love listening to the music. When we grill out at night, we play our iPod and sing/dance to the music. Every evening before bed, my daughter sings and dances for us--she loves to entertain. It's a joy to watch her and it makes our evening. The performing has become a nightly ritual and I would hate to lose this ritual!
  • A framed picture of the entire family. This picture has all members of my family (mom, dad, brother, sister, etc.) and I would take this to remind myself how lucky I was. I was lucky growing up in a great, loving home and I was lucky to live next door to the home I grew up in--and my parents still live there!
The items would be easy to explain--I think I explained their meanings quite well. Anyone would be able to see the love these items bring to my family and me. These items would remind us of how special we are and how our comfort items make us who we are. 

If I was told I could only keep one item, it would have to be my daughter's memory book. My daughter is our world and losing those memories would be very traumatic. I understand I have stored memories, but pictures, drawings, milestones--they are hard to replace. I would hope I could keep all items--this was a difficult choice for me. 

This exercise made me realize how we take our everyday comforts for granted. How would I feel if my daughter couldn't "perform" every night with song and dance? How would I feel if I couldn't keep photographs of my family? Music, photos, memories--they are all very important to us and we would be lost without them.
Family Photo I would take...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Reflections of Research

I must admit, this course was very difficult for me. I was apprehensive of taking this particular course because I knew I would struggle and I was correct. I have struggled to produce work that is of highest quality. I hope my work does reflect that I have learned and have comprehended information, but I know that I still have a lot of growing in the topic of research. I'm now going to answer a few questions regarding this course and what I have learned!

1. What insights have you gained about research from taking this course?
I have gained many insights from this course. I have learned the vocabulary that makes up research, I have learned that research is more then data checking and I have learned that writing a research paper is quite hard. I have learned the difference between quantitative data and qualitative data, I have learned how to write a hypothesis
2. In what ways have your ideas about the nature of doing research changed?
My ideas of the nature of research have changed dramatically. Before the course I assumed you look up a few facts, participate in interviews and observations and then conclude your information in paper format. This is not entirely true. Sure you conduct observations and interviews, but you must remember to leave bias out of your report. You must treat all research with justice and fairness. You must be ethical in your research and understand the ethical issues you can come across.
3. What lessons about planning, designing and conducting research in early childhood did you learn?
This course has taught me so much about conducting research. I know that you cannot pick a topic that interests you and write a research paper. So much goes in to the topic. Who are the participants? Where will you conduct the research? Will you use professionals to help you with this research? What is your timeline? What is your hypothesis? Research is so in-depth and this course has opened my eyes to how detailed one must be to conduct research. I admit I admire anyone who conducts research on an ongoing and professional basis.
4. What were some of the challenges you encountered--and in what ways did you meet them?
My biggest challenge was my lack of details. I thought I was being detailed enough in my responses, papers and homework assignments, but I was leaving important information out. I need to remind myself that detail is key--especially in research!
5. What are some of the ways your perception of an early childhood professional have been modified as a result of this course? 
Early childhood professionals are more than "baby-sitters" or family advocates. Early childhood professionals have large roles in which they must conduct research, teach young children, advocate for families and still remain ethical, fair and just. Early childhood educators are very hard working and I wish everyone was aware of how difficult the job is!!!

As hard as this course was, I have enjoyed this course and I have learned a great deal. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback and helped me to improve my research skills. A special thanks to Dr. Davis for providing constant feedback!!!

My Walden University Portal. (2008). Blog assignment: When I think of research...Retrieved April 21, 2012, from

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Research in Australia

This week, we were instructed to look at the issues of early childhood internationally. I decided to look at Australia to see what issues Australian children and child care providers face. One positivie issue is one of childcare reform. 
As of January 1st Australia mandated one child care worker to every four babies. Hope is that this reform will provide higher quality of care and child care professionals will develop special bonds with these babies (Early Childhood Australia, 2012).
An interesting story I found on the website related to children's stress and anxiety when starting school. All children experience stress on their first day of school. I would stress about my outfit, would I still fit in with my friends, would my teacher be mean,etc. Even young children experience stress--especially when they have only been with mom or dad since birth. The website gave some great tips to help their child overcome stress of the first day of school. I think these tips would help American children too--check out the link:

This website features useful, interesting information on early childhood. Although it is designed for Australian families/professionals does not mean it can't be a good resource for American professionals/families. Our Preschool center sends out a weekly newsletter with early childhood information attached. This website may become a great resource for me!

Early Childhood Australia. (2012). January 2012--Media release--Biggest reform of Australian childcare begins today. Retrieved March 31, 2012, from

Early Childhood Australia. (2012).  January 2011--Tips to minimise stress during your child's first year at school. Retrieved March 31, 2012, from

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Research that Benefits

My whole focus (so far) this semester is early intervention. I believe the earlier we intervene with our young children, the better chance they have at having a successful future. I decided to look up research conducted on early intervention and find the benefits--clear benefits and why we should advocate for this. There are many articles online that state the benefits of early intervention. Early intervention works well with children with Autism--in fact "children with Autism have a greater chance for successful outcomes when interventions are started at an early age" (The Help Group, n.d.). Early intervention --for all/any disabilities--also plays a "critical role in brain development" (National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center [NECTAC], n.d.).

I have a beautiful daughter, she does not have any disabilities. This being said I still believe in early interventions--I believe in reading to infants, teaching toddlers their colors and alphabet--I believe in teaching a child from the moment they are born. I think it is vital that other parents' see the importance of early intervention. I am so happy my job requires me to advocate for these services and I am gaining the skills to review research and share the information with my families.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center. (N.D.). The importance of early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Retrieved March 17, 2012, from

The Help Group. (N.D.). The critical role of early intervention in Autism. Retrieved March 17, 2012, from

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Personal Research Journey

I'm a little nervous in my new course, but did find a topic that I would love to learn more about. I decided to research Down Syndrome and the early intervention process/school readiness. Let me give you a little history on why I chose the broad topic of Down Syndrome. My husband's parents divorced when he was very young. His mother remarried a man with a young son--this man's name is Larry. Pryor to this man becoming my husband's step-father, Larry had been married with two boys--one aged 13 and one aged 7. Sadly the 13 year old had just lost his battle to complications of leukemia. Along with leukemia, this beautiful boy also had Down Syndrome. My father-in-law still morns his eldest son's death. Working so closely with the special needs preschool class, I have a true interest in special needs--especially Down Syndrome. Just listening to my father-in-law share stories of his bright, beautiful boy makes me want to understand the syndrome to its fullest. I decided to look into early intervention because the sooner we intervene, the better chance these young children have at a successful future.

I'm hoping my research journey will be successful and any tips along the way will help. I'm nervous and excited to begin my research journey and I hope you will help me!!!

Good luck!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

International Contacts--Final Post

This is my last post for this course and I have to list consequences of the international early childhood field. Unfortunately, I did not get to correspond with any international contacts. Instead I focused on websites and radio conversations.

1st Consequence: Some young children are not allowed to earn an education. Could you imagine telling your daughter (who loves to learn) that she is not allowed in school?!?! My daughter loves school and I would be heartbroken.

2nd Consequence: Because of the lack of education many adults are not literate. We have to make sure all children are educated!!!

3rd Consequence: Many young children are affected by HIV/AIDS. This is internationally and in the United States. I'm sure dealing with this type of disease could have negative affects on a child's education.

As I've said before, I'm disappointed I didn't get to communicate with others but I still learned a lot this semester. Thanks to all my followers for providing insight, asking great questions and reading my blog!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sadly, No International Contacts

This course is coming to an end and not one of my international contacts replied to my emails (my sister doesn't count). I am discouraged because I really wanted to push myself in my Master's program. I feel as if this assignment was a failure--maybe I should have tried harder. Oh well--I can't live in the past--that does no good for anyone--especially me :). Instead  I looked on this website  ( ) and found interesting topics I would like to share with you. Enjoy!

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization [UNESCO] (2011). Early childhood care and education. Retrieved February 18, 2012 from

UNESCO (2011). Literacy. Retrieved February 18, 2012 from

UNESCO (2011). Endangered languages. Retrieved February 18, 2012 from

UNESCO (2011). Inclusive education. Retrieved February 18, 2012 from

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Web Resources

The website I have been a faithful follower of is the Children's Defense Fund. There are great outside links--links to inspirational videos, links to different news sites (for example: zero tolerance for children in Massachusetts) and inspirational articles. A few weeks ago I linked a great article from this website!

One thing I'm following closely on the website is the Budget Watch. I'm so interested in budgets (or lack there of). I'm nervous to see what kind of cut I may receive next year and so I try to stay on top of the ever changing budgets. Check it out!

The newsletter is interesting, but not as interesting as the website. There are a few topics that I found interesting especially

This website is full of equity and excellence information. If you haven't viewed this website I highly recommend it. There is a "Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign" link and a "Black Community Crusade for Children" link (to name a few).

Children's Defense Fund. (2012). Budget watch. Retrieved February 11, 2012 from

National Opportunity to Learn. (N.D.). 2020 vision roadmap: A Pre-K through post secondary blueprint for educational success. Retrieved February 11, 2012 from

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Sadly, I haven't got one response from outside resources. I was keeping my fingers crossed, but no one replied. Maybe they are too busy taking care of young children! Instead I discovered new things that I thought were very informative from the website (

Some of their missions/initiatives are:
Early Childhood Policies and Procedures
Focusing on children's mental health--especially the mental health of children affected by HIV/AIDS
Providing more research globally.

This website has a lot of great resources and articles. Please check it out!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Web Resources

I am currently reading the newsletters from the Children's Defense Fund website. This month's newsletter was very informative to me and my career. I currently work for Head Start and every year I fear the budget cuts will cut me or my co-workers out of a job. This is not just a job I enjoy, but I am passionate in my career. This newsletter focused on the budget of 2012. 
"Some programs that were protected or expanded include:
Head Start received an increase of $424 Million
Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) received an increase of $60 Million
Part C of Early Intervention received an increase of $5 Million" (Children's Defense Fund, 2011)
Check out the other increases:

Since our discussions this week were all about economists, I thought this newsletter tied in nicely with what I have learned. Money matters--to make a successful program, the program needs money. We need to educate our children the very best we can so as they become adults, they are successful in society. Their success will produce a monetary return. It's simple really.

In the website was a link to a news article from Jackson, Mississippi. Check out the information--you may find it fascinating or controversial (WLBT 3, 2012). Let me know what you think of this article.

Children's Defense Fund (2011). Early childhood news--January edition. Retrieved on January 28, 2012, from

WLBT 3 (2012). Preventing the "cradle to prison pipeline". Retrieved on January 28, 2012, from


Friday, January 20, 2012

Alternative Assignment

Sadly, none of my e-mails were answered. Of course my sister answered her e-mail, but she is one individual. I had to participate in the alternative assignment. I will continue to try to find someone to correspond with because I feel that is more personal and something I'm interested in.

I listened to a podcast presented by T.J. Skalski who is Principal at the Mother Earth's Children's Charter School in Canada. I found her to be soft spoken and enjoyed listening to her describe what led her to this calling. Her school website is very interesting and I have e-mailed her in hopes of correspondence. I don't know much about Charter schools, but found the description of the school most inspiring. The school serves children who "suffer from some sort of adversity". I will link the school's website and I believe you will find the information as interesting as I---

Mother Earth's Children's Charter School. (2012). Philosophy. Retrieved on January 20, 2012, from

World Forum Radio. (2011). Episode 7 T.J. Skalski. Retrieved January 20, 2012, from

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sharing Web Resources

I decided to subscribe to the Children's Defense Fund newsletter. I had not heard of this website and once I logged on, I found it to be very interesting and useful for my job.                                                                   Here is a link to the website think you will enjoy all the information/resources this website offers!

The January newsletter is not online, so I read over the December newsletter. This newsletter featured a link to the CDF's YouTube channel!!! If you are like me (or my 4 year old daughter), YouTube is viewed quite frequently. The YouTube videos that are featured are inspirational testimonies.I think hearing inspirational stories from others will remind you why you have chosen this career path. I know I am reassured that I am doing what I was meant to do!!!
 Here is the CDF's YouTube link:

I think you will enjoy!!!

Children's Defense Fund (2011). Monthly newsletter. Retrieved January 14, 2012, from

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Establishing Professional Contacts and Expanding Resources

Establishing Professional Contacts
I was thrilled with this assignment. What a great experience to talk to other professionals around the world! I sent my e-mails, hoping for a response.  I decided to send my first e-mail to Germany. When I was 15 years old I visited Germany. My aunt speaks some German and lived in Germany teaching elementary school. My second e-mail went to my sister in Spain. I'm not sure this interaction is allowable, but she teaches English in Madrid, Spain. Her name is Meredith and she received her Bachelor's degree in Spanish. She then went on to receive her Master's degree in Education. I felt she qualified as a professional so I e-mailed her! So far Germany has not responded. If I don't hear something soon, I will participate in the alternative assignment.
Meredith with my daughter
Expanding Resources
For the second part of my assignment, I decided to select a website I was unfamiliar with. I had promised myself that I would leave my comfort zone and explore new websites and new information. I was drawn to  The Children's Defense Fund website. I loved their mission statement and have registered to receive monthly newsletters.  Hopefully, I will gain new information to share with my followers. Wish me luck!!!!

The Children's Defense Fund. (2011). CDF Mission Statement. Retrieved on January 7, 2012, from