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GIVEAWAY! Free Book for Early Childhood Professionals

Our October guest speaker is sponsoring this month’s giveaway. She’s donated 3 copies of her book, “READY OR NOT.”
Ready or notAfter more than a century of evolution, early childhood care and education in the United States is in transition. In this frank discussion of the field’s purpose, identity, and responsibility, the authors examine the major issues that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new change strategies, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement.

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Guest Speaker: Advancing ECE as a Profession

I’m honored this month to introduce Stacie Goffin as our guest speaker. I had the opportunity to hear Stacie speak this past summer about the future of early childhood at an early childhood event. I was moved by her presentation, book, and the conversations it sparked in the professionals around me. Stacie charged each of us to create an action plan for what we could do personally to get the word out and move the profession forward. I immediately thought of the blog and Stacie graciously agreed to be a guest speaker here for us.
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Mondays with ME: FINDING THE RIGHT “SENSORY DIET” (10/6/14)

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FINDING THE RIGHT “SENSORY DIET” FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD: PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR REGULATING EMOTION AND SUSTAINING OPTIMAL ENERGY

sensory diet guest Kate BiedermanWhether we’re kids or grown-ups, we all find unique ways to calm ourselves, rouse ourselves or stay focused on a challenging task, and we use all our senses to do so. Whether we splash cold water on our face, listen to rock or Bach, go for a run, suck a peppermint, gnaw on our pencil (or our shirt, like Erin’s son used to), we are creating a “sensory diet” for ourselves. Read more »

Child Passenger Safety- Are YOU Compliant?

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Men in ECE

MenTeach is a non-profit clearinghouse for both men and women seeking information and resources about men teaching. If you are a man thinking about teaching or currently teaching, you’ve found a place to connect with others who share your vision for children and society. If you are a researcher, university or college student or faculty, a legislator or from the media, you’ll find information to answer your questions.

MenTeach was started in 1979 in Minnesota, United States to increase the number Read more »

WINNER! PlayTape!

Winner

Two winners were selected at random for the PlayTape GIVEAWAY.

The lucky WINNERS are Lorelei Rein and Heather Carlson!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to InRoad Toys for the wonderful donation!

October Newsletter 2014

 

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You’ll want to read the ECYD Newsletter to learn about events/happenings this month (Oct). Please note the information regarding ADVISING WEEK, PUMPKIN CARVING, and the HALLOWEEN PARTY!

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Authentic Art Webinar: Your Questions Answered!

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating an Authenic Art webinar for Hatch Early Learning for their Expert Webinar Series. (#HatchExperts) There were approximately 1800 participants signed up to learn about authentic art! That being said, there was a lot of buzz during the webinar and I didn’t have nearly enough time to get to all of the questions. I wanted to be sure to take time to respond to the most commonly asked questions. You’ll see my responses below. 

  1. What types of supplies would you recommend providing for an authentic art experience when working with different age groups? Specifically, what would you recommend for infants and toddlers? 

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Mondays with ME: KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE ON THE ROAD (9/29/14)

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KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE ON THE ROAD: AN UPDATE ON CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY FROM THE MN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY

Darby,Heather2_hs“One of our most basic responsibilities as parents is to keep our children safe. With car crashes still the leading cause of death for children under 14, that responsibility can feel especially daunting on today’s busy roads. But following best child passenger safety practices makes a huge difference, Read more »

Giveaway! PlayTape

InRoad Toys is sponsoring this next giveaway! They’ve sent us 2 rolls of Classic Road Series Black
(60ft x 2in) PlayTape. That’s right, TWO lucky blog visitors will win!
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Mondays with ME: DIAPERS, POTTIES AND DRY BEDS (9/22/14)

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CALM GUIDANCE FOR THE BEST WAYS TO POTTY TRAIN FROM DR. ANDY BARNES

 

best ways to potty train guest Dr. Andy Barnes“As parents, many of us struggle to sort through varied and often contradictory bits of advice on the best ways to potty train from childrearing books, peers, grandparents and childcare providers. We wonder when our child should be out of diapers, when toileting “accidents” are something to worry about, and what approach will be most effective (and least harmful) in helping our children achieve independence in toileting. Read more »

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Minnesota

Are you an employed childcare professional? Are you planning to register for spring semester courses (Jan-May)? Are you interested in a scholarship?!
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T.E.A.C.H. MINNESOTA is now accepting applications!
Click on THIS LINK to access the application.

  • Need a refresher on what T.E.A.C.H. is? Click HERE.
  • Have a question on eligibility? Click HERE.
  • Want step by step instructions on how to apply? Click HERE.

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Career Crossings: 9/19/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from New Horizon Academy and Tutor Time. Read more »

Mondays With Me: Death or Serious Illness (9/15/14)

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TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT DEATH OR THE SERIOUS ILLNESS OF A LOVED ONE: RESPONDING TO YOUR CHILDREN’S FEELINGS AND CONCERNS

talking to children about death book titled Emma's Question“Talking to children about death or the serious illness of a loved one is challenging. When a parent, grandparent or other loved one is not well, children often experience a wide range of emotions and may express those feelings in ways adults find surprising or even disturbing. How can you help your child make sense of a difficult and scary situation, especially when your own sadness and fear get in the way? Both Marti and Erin bring firsthand experience to this important discussion. Read more »

Adventures in Eating Recipe #17 (Roasted Root Vegetables)

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Adventures in Eating: Quick Meal Adventures

What's CookingThe lazy days of summer are gone and the days of busy schedules are here. Whether  you are a student studying for classes, a parent driving children to school or both, finding time to cook can be tricky.  There is a new website ”What’s Cooking: The USDA Mixing Bowl” that will help you find quick, easy low cost meals.

What’s Cooking allows you to search through over 1,000 recipes. Read more »

WINNER! Usborne Books Giveaway

Winner

One winner was selected at random for the Usborne Book GIVEAWAY.

The lucky WINNER is Lorinda B!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to the gentlemen from HugMeHugYou for the wonderful donation!

Free Expert Early Childhood Webinars Online

Many of us agree that professional development is critical to staying on top of what’s new in the field of early childhood, research, techniques, etc. Many of us would also agree that we’re extremely busy and don’t always have the time or finances to support that professional development (fees, gas, meals).

I’m excited to bring to your attention a couple of online resources that offer legitimate early childhood webinars online [FREE of charge!] by content experts in the field. Early Childhood Investigations is one and Hatch Early Learning is another. Visit their links today to view their fall lineup. Don’t worry if you can’t actually log online during the day for the webinar. Oftentimes, as long as you’ve registered, they’ll email you a link to view it at your convenience. How great is that?

Which webinar(s) are YOU interested in? I’d love to hear from you after you’ve attended a webinar. Comment on the blog or email me.

 

Mondays With Me: Parent Involvement and School Success (9/8/14)

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PARENT INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION: THE KEY TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL SUCCESS

Parent Involvement in Education show hosts“For school-age children, those lazy days of summer are almost gone and the challenges of school and homework are the order of the day. But kids are not the only ones who need to work in order to achieve success in school; parent involvement in education is also needed. Family involvement in a child’s learning is the single most important factor in predicting school success. Effective family-school partnerships require the investment of parents, educators and even the larger community. In this Mom Enough show, Marti & Erin discuss the most important things parents can do to support their child’s learning, and they inspire you to think creatively about how to work well with teachers and rally the community to encourage and celebrate children’s learning.” -ME *Tune in Here*

Career Crossings: 9/5/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Bright Horizons and New Horizon Academy. Read more »