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So many discoveries happen in the garden.

Time Well Spent

Every time I reflect on my personal and professional growth and development, I think about one of my initial posts where I shared the following caption, because it is as real as what I do when working with children living in less than ideal conditions. I encourage you all to visit UNICEF.org. Like us, theyContinue reading “Time Well Spent”

Creating Affirming Environments

Creating affirming environments invites families to take part in the care and well being of their children. The setting provides areas for structured and creative play, rest areas, kitchen and dining area, quiet areas, and an area specifically for arrival/dismissal. More important that the dedicated areas are the materials and the visual affects that theContinue reading “Creating Affirming Environments”

Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The painted picture.

Homophobia and heterosexism permeate the world of young children including books, movies, toys, stores, culture of early childhood centers, and schools.  The readings in the course so far have discussed the manner in which family beliefs have influenced specific aspects of identity, particularly of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Heterosexism is the extreme socialContinue reading “Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The painted picture.”

My collaborative community

Entering this course, I did not truly understand communication or its processes as I understand it now. I am grateful to my colleagues for their contributions. Communication and collaboration requires mindfulness, commitment and effort, not only to understand other, but also to be understood. Miscommunication can present themselves even in the most productive communication scenarios,Continue reading “My collaborative community”

Communication and Culture

Each of us is a product of our cultural background, including gender, ethnicity, family, age, religion, profession and other life experiences. Our cultural inventory provides us with valuable insights for understanding our beliefs, and attitude, our values and assumptions. Thus, it is critical that we reflect on the various aspects of our own cultural identityContinue reading “Communication and Culture”

Words of Gratitude

There are many things that I hope for when I think about working with families of diverse backgrounds. I hope that one day we can all speak the same language in terms of moving forward together. I am hopeful that one day, politics and policies will serve the needs of society. I am also hopefulContinue reading “Words of Gratitude”

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