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Seven Reasons to Take a Second Look at Homeschooling

This week’s BAM!Radio is about homeschooling. According to the guest, homeschooling isn’t what it used to be or what many people think it is. However, some experts still disapprove of homeschooling. If you haven’t checked out homeschooling recently, this may be a good time. Click HERE to listen.

That Changes Everything…

Plans were all set: Child care was arranged. Work was scheduled. Family visits were organized. Dates were planned. Weekend landscaping ordered. The hustle and bustle of every day life- to and from work, hockey, camp, church, household chores…repeat. Sometimes on auto-pilot.

Today was no different: Woke up and got ready. Dropped child off and drove to conference. Socialized with new aquaintances and made afternoon session plans. Shared networking and e-learning ideas. Laughed. Enjoyed the moment.

Reached in purse and grabbed business card to exchange. Checked phone quickly. 3 missed calls and 2 texts. From husband- Did you talk to your mom yet? From mom- Can you call me now? It’s important.

Excused myself from lunch table and called mom. “Mom, is everything okay? Are you okay?” “No, no I’m not. Grandpa passed away.”

That changes everything. Conference no longer as important. Listen as she explains the situation. Hang up phone and sit…stunned. Wind blows across my face. No longer hungry. Time seems to stand still. What to do. That changes everything…

New Interactive Blog Category!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be adding a new blog category soon- Ask a Provider. We’ll begin with Family Child Care Fridays. How does it work? Blog visitors will comment under this post with questions that they have regarding family child care. It could be business related, getting started, licensing, etc. or regarding methods, strategies, tips with the children and so on. I will choose a question at random and that question will be answered by a local family child care provider.

So comment below with a question or two and let’s get started. I can’t wait!!

*Depending on interest and availability, Family Child Care Fridays might be posted bi-weekly or monthly .

Parenting with Passion

Purposeful parenting/parenting with passion- these two phrases sound great but what do they mean? As a parent or caregiver, you can take small steps today to positively impact a child’s life. Watch the video below to explore the potential that every caring adult has to make a profound difference in a child’s life :)

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz4XZp_MJxM

Book Study Blog Party!

Today I ran across a Book Study Blog Party while I was HERE and was intrigued. What’s a Book Study Blog Party you ask? Learn more and join the party HERE. Even if you don’t get the book, you can still follow along on the host blogs. Something a little different for the summer :)

STEM Explorations

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has been a hot topic recently. It’s been in the news and on agendas related to education, especially in primary and secondary schools. Did you know that STEM can also be implemented in early childhood? Take a look at the video below where early childhood teachers are introduced to hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based STEM explorations during a teacher training workshop conducted by nationally recognized science education consultant, Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski. Teachers were actively engaged in exploring STEM concepts through hands-on explorations. Additionally, teachers were introduced to early childhood and primary level children’s literature with STEM related concepts.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-B3GjmAbyY

For a list of the books and unique building blocks used during the workshop, and to find out more about Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski’s teacher training workshops she offers nation and worldwide please visit her site at: http://www.drdianateachertraining.com

Want to learn more about STEM in early childhood? Click HERE. If YOU have any great resources for early childhood STEM, please COMMENT BELOW!

iPads for Preschool?

I saw an article on Twitter today…

It discusses a pilot program that used iPads along with traditional teaching methods to help build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.

The program was aimed at children whose families didn’t qualify for a state-run preschool or weren’t able to afford private preschool. Many children responded well. Some logged in for five or six hours, but is this necessarily a good thing?

I’d love to hear your comments below after you read the article HERE.

New! DCTC Tuition Payment Plan

The DCTC Business Office is excited to announce they implemented Nelnet/FACTS e-Cashier on 7/1/11 to facilitate and process student payment plans. This automated process will significantly streamline the payment plan process. This process will also allow students the ability to manage their own plans. Students will be able to enroll and access their payment plan through the DCTC.edu website (path below). The payment plan fee of $30 (paid by the student) will go to Nelnet. This new process will give the student the advantage of being able to set up and manage their own plan, make payments, view transaction history and balances.

Simple Steps to Enroll in the Payment Plan

• Go to www.dctc.edu

• Click on the “Current Students” tab

• Click on “Tuition Payment”

• Click on “Tuition Payment Plan-FACTS e-Cashier”

Click HERE to learn more.

Early Childhood Radio: 7/15

Time To Give “Time Out” a Time Out?

It’s time once again for BAM early childhood radio. This week, guests are discussing time out. They say it’s time to rethink how and when time out is used.

Time outs were suggested by the experts in the field, often as an alternative to spanking. In many ways “time out” has become the new spanking. First, it has become the default approach for dealing with child misbehavior. But, like spanking, conventional application of time out is now being challenged as overused, misused, harmful and inappropriate.

Click HERE to listen. After listening, comment below and let me know what YOU think.

Breaking News-Child Care Assistance Ordered to Continue

We have just been notified that Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin has issued an order continuing all Child Care Assistance payments during the Minnesota state government shutdown. The order is available online HERE.