by Lynsey Kemplin As a teacher, dealing with challenging behavior is likely one of the biggest stressors in your classroom. Young children are still learning to navigate the complex world of social interaction and often have conflicts with peers. Children experiencing trauma may have even more conflicts than others. Consider why – children look to the adults in … Continue reading Social-Emotional Skills in the ECE Classroom
Featuring guest blogger Kaela Z. For folks who aren’t familiar with mindfulness, it can seem very intimidating. The truth is, that many people, perhaps even you, unknowingly practice mindfulness already. Anyone can practice mindfulness. Being mindful is simply about being aware. Do you close your eyes and breathe in the fresh smell of a hot … Continue reading Practicing Mindfulness with Children
A tremendous shout out to every single teacher, teacher's aide, float, support staff, substitute, director, family childcare provider, nanny and early educator out there. Thank you for all you do for the children of our world. Thank you for giving your all every single day to make a difference. You are superheroes! ~Jesi and Lynsey … Continue reading Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Studies have shown that trauma can have a lasting detrimental effect on the growing brain. A child who is exposed to high levels of toxic stress is more likely to act out and be aggressive and less likely to develop impulse control due to a decrease in the neurological connections created in the brain associated … Continue reading Building Resiliency in Children
In the mid 1990s, the CDC conducted a study of 17,000 volunteers in San Diego. The study was made up of mostly white, college educated, gainfully employed people. Fifty percent were women and the average age of the volunteer was 57 years old. Through this study, we learned that 28% of them had endured physical … Continue reading What are ACES?
This month we will be taking a look at Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Trauma Informed Care and Positive Behavior Guidance strategies. Join us as we explore what it means to be a teacher caring for children who have endured trauma in their young lives. Blog post will be up soon!
Every single teacher has heard it before. It makes our teeth grind and our fists clench and our eyes roll so far into the backs of our heads that we fear they might never surface again: “My kids don’t go to school. They go to daycare. They just play all day.” Just play? JUST PLAY?! … Continue reading The Importance of Block Play