Monday, October 3, 2016

Currently October

It's October, and I think I am ready for Winter 2016. So I am going strong with the currently and I hope I can stay motivated. So here we go:

Listening: I am listening to a webinar from the Teaching Strategies Early Childhood Education channel on YouTube for a presentation on Friday for our professional development peer to peer training. We are building   toward Common Core competency so I am trying to figure out the best method to give pedagogy and why the Social/Emotional skills are relevant in what we do with our students. Good times, I know!
Loving: I love the moisture in the air. I love the damp air and enjoy walking outside in the wet roads and the reaction my children have when we find large earth worms and sweep through the dew. Love!
Thinking: What are my educational goals that are appropriate for cognitive goals and how can I incorporate the sensory strategies to support my students.
Wanting: Money, I am in need of money to help meet my teaching needs and personal expenses. I have taken on coupon clipping and to pre-plan meals and expenses as much as possible. I am interested in graduate school so I will clip where I can and begin reading my GRE manuals within the next few weeks.
Needing: Exercise, I have been ill for the past three weeks (sinus, flu, and cold/cough) and I need to work on supporting my immune health and plan to use the local terrain to start getting some body movement in each morning to help with syatic discomfort.
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I love the simplicity and the divine message of truth prevailing and our ability to work through fear and discomfort.

“That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.”

My goal for the season is to make the grand babe (34 months) a Halloween tutu for the Halloween weekend. We are seeing some great gains and also struggle with assertive independence which is a part of the terrain with her background. We will work with a few outside resources to build some skills and help with nutritional deficits she's still experiencing.

Halloween marshmallows and pumpkin sensory bins are on the docket for this week. I am trying to build up to fire prevention week in our area is going to be the plan for next week.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Busy Week!

Water is our first medicine. Your health can certainly improve when you offer a simple prayer to transform your water. Please make it a daily practice to give thanks for your Water with prayers of love and gratitude. There can be no life without water...We can heal ourselves with water. When water is transformed into medicine, it will have a healing effect on our bodies. A man shared a vision he had about water at a ceremony several years ago. 'Heal the water and everything else will follow,' he said.
This weekend has brought a lot of really interesting actions. The Dakota Access Pipeline is on the move and there are a number of native people who are in motion with it.  We have been publicly asked to join Indigenous people in prayer, I had to pause a video posted yesterday to explain to my seven year old daughter what I was watching and what it means that the world I use to think we lived in is evolving. 
Our children will be a part of a generation that will see the adaption of our people to join the universal struggle for human rights.  As I was making my four year-old sons' bed it dawned on me that my children will experience a time in their life where they will realize that they are expected to accept unequal treatment and I may not be around  to encourage their strength so I will continue to do what I can to support them and show them the beauty of the world and remind them of our path in this plane while I can. 
On my childrens' behalf I think of the young people now who are experiencing the break down of privilege from a number of angles. I have to remind myself that they are growing and coming into their place in the world. I think about the children of The Longest Walk in 1978 as well as Wounded Knee and realize they are grandparents and transferring their knowledge and experience on  to the generation who are being asked to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline. 
My children and I will be mailing extra camping gear that we haven't used for a few years to Cannonball, North Dakota on Wednesday. Its no longer a disconnected relationship with opposition of wrongdoing, it's a small step and the opportunity to help my babies learn.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016

We made it! Look at us, another year down and a new school year approaching. I love to read and reassess where I am and what I think I am doing every fall so I thought I would start with this wonderful visual and commentary to follow. Please take a look at:
Oh Boy It's Farley

Almost every question I have had as a pre-teacher I was able to find a straightforward solution on this blog. I honestly have followed links to dozens of blogs that have met my needs on more than one occasion. SO let's begin.

Listening: I love The Big Chill, I can't wait to get a little bit older and have life long friends that get my quirks and strange behaviors that not everyone can appreciate. The music is amazing, I love Spotify(c) and the selections are classroom friendly.

Loving: I love the path that I am on and the people who have been brought back into my life. I went through some time where I felt alone and had to navigate my place in the world and felt the pressure of being a single parent which effected our most basic needs and I had to question where and why I had to struggle. I am in love with my life and I am humbled by the people who've been returned to me. I hope that I am in a strong mindset and spirit to welcome them and provide what they need.

Thinking: I have read and re-read my semester planning materials and with such a young early childhood group I don't want to lead them down the wrong path and I am sure it's a common concern for educators for such a young group and the balance of phonemic development and fun is always in the back of our minds.

Wanting: Encouragement that I am on the right path in life and the past few weeks of awesome are what I am gaining, and it's not fleeting. It feels fleeting but I want to know that I am strong enough and in the right place at the right time because it's what I needed, not dumb luck.

Needing: Resources and more time to fine tune and role play and rework my conceptualization of activities and curriculum...and yes, yes I know it's never going to happen but I am running out of words.

Back to School Random Act of Kindness: Flowers for each classroom. I have the jars and just need to call a florist who is willing to go cheap on a few arrangements for our classrooms. And gum, who doesn't enjoy gum while doing paperwork, right?

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