New Year’s resolutions can be a dreaded idea for children, especially older kids. I have always enjoyed making goals for the new year and have learned a lot about effective goal setting. I like finding ways to make the process more palatable for kids of all ages. Here are some ideas: Make a Wish Clinical psychologist Sally A. Theran suggests fostering conversations with … [Read more...] about Wishes, Goals, Hopes and Journeys
I will admit that I love the holidays, and as a preschool teacher for many years, this time of the season provided its own curriculum. Families were encouraged to bring in their unique traditions to share with the class, whether that be a cooking project, a game, or sometimes a special book. I developed traditions of my own in the classroom and at home, many of them having … [Read more...] about Festive Winter Activities for All
Fresh out of college, my first teaching experience was with the Colorado Preschool Program, established to provide affordable preschool for underserved populations, encouraging school success and, in part, identifying red flags that indicate possible learning challenges before children enter kindergarten. My two years working in this program provided me with training to … [Read more...] about Learning Disabilities: Over/Under Diagnosed?
There continues to be much out of our personal control these days and, as parents, with a public health issue defining our daily lives in such random ways, this can be infuriating. What can we do? What should we do? I have talked to many parents and teachers in Denver, receiving a variety of responses to the mask mandate for instance. Many parents of young children and … [Read more...] about What Can We Control?
It is not a new subject for me to write about smart online behavior for kids as well as us adults who serve as examples for them. After some of my articles were published, I was connected with a woman in our North Denver neighborhood who has been actively doing something about this. Amanda McLernon runs a social media firm that she founded on principles of scrupulous … [Read more...] about Online Freedom for All