Sunday, July 24, 2011

Early Childhood Resources From week 5


Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. (2010). Infant-toddler policy agenda. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

FPG Child Development Institute. (2006, September). Evidence-based practice empowers early childhood professionals and families. (FPG Snapshot, No. 33). Retrieved May 26, 2010, from Note: The following article can be found in the Walden University Library databases.

· Turnbull, A., Zuna, N., Hong, J. Y., Hu, X., Kyzar, K., Obremski, S., et al. (2010). Knowledge-to-action guides. Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(3), 42–53. Use the Academic Search Complete database, and search using the article's title.

· Websites:

World Forum Foundation This link connects you to the mission statement of this organization. Make sure to watch the video on this webpage

World Organization for Early Childhood Education Read about OMEP’s mission.

Association for Childhood Education International Click on “Mission/Vision” and “Guiding Principles and Beliefs” and read these statements.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The Division for Early Childhood

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

Harvard Education Letter

FPG Child Development Institute

Administration for Children and Families Headstart’s National Research Conference

Children’s Defense Fund

Center for Child Care Workforce

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education

National Child Care Association

National Institute for Early Education Research

Voices for America’s Children

The Erikson Institute
Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). Learning resources. Retrieved from


Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Interdisciplinary council on learning disorders

The Child& Family Web guide

Babies can't Wait
Birth  to five alliance


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Quotes from Child Development leaders

“Most school districts put a premium on success at third grade, when high-stakes tests are first administered. It’s a strategy very much like waiting until you’re 60 before getting serious about retirement savings.”
Samuel J. Meisels, Erikson Institute, Early Ed Watch, July 11, 2011

Regardless of the history of IQ tests in the family, if I see nurturing, warm, interactive people who read emotional signals well and interact well, usually I see happy, competent and bright children,”

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Personal Childhood Web

This is a picture of me at four months, being lovingly tossed on to the bed.  Thank goodness my parent's parenting skills increased as I got older.  My Dad was a great man. At 6'3 he towered above me and my friends. He had a deep voice and an equally deep laugh.  He had been an MP during WWII and was all definetly "a man's man".  He was also my Girl Scout leader and helped me win a badge for selling the most cookies by sitting with me every weekend in front of the local market.  He died when I was 18, but he had a huge impact of my early years and was a great example of what a 'Dad' should be.

 This is a photo of my mom giving me a bath. She was definetly the more gentle force in my life.  When I was little, my mom sewed all of my clothes, including Halloween and school play costumes.  She spent hours trying to teach me to sew, crochet, knit or do any of the hundreds of creative things she did. Unfortunatley for me, none of it stuck.  My mom  didn't give up though, she kept at it till she found my talent. Thanks to my mom by the time I was 12, I played five different musical instruments. 
This is my Mom and Grandma Nettie, my Dad's mom.  She lived in Long Beach, California when I was young.  I remember that she used to keep special drawer in her dresser full of pretty scarves and make-up, and when I went to her house we would play dress-up in her room.  As an adult, Grandma Nettie came to live with me in her final years and we had a special time together with my infant son, whom she loved very much.
This is Margie and Glenn Hobbs, both of whom have passed on now. They were my Godparents and we spent many summer visiting them on the lake.  I remeber that Margie's house always smelled like fresh baked bread, and she loved to collect Hummel figurines. She began a collection for me when I was born, and for every birthday and Christmas she gave me a Hummel figurine or a Madame Alexander doll to add to the collection.  Margie and Glenn came to all the important school functions and wrote me letters when I was old enough to read.

These are the five people I chose to talk about because each of them helped shape my life and me, into the person I am today.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

My Favorite Children's Book

  This is my favorite children's book for a couple of reasons. It has fun, colorful illustrations, and is written in predictable text. I also enjoy the humor of Robert Munch. I have read most of his books and love all that I have read so far.  In this story, Bridget wants some markers because all of her friends have them.  Unfortunately, Bridget's mother has heard about those markers and says no. After a little convincing, she buys Bridget 500 markers.  The antics that Bridget gets into because of her new and ever improving supply of markers is very entertaining.  I think preschool age children can relate to the rules of not coloring on the wall or themselves and that makes the story relevant to them.

Quote from Emile

You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762
This was written in 1762.  Imagine, before the United States of America was an independent country, this man had already written what we as child development professionals now know as the appropriate way to educate young children.  For children play is learning, real hands on experiences are needed to teach skills.   I put this quote on at least one parent calendar each year.