Date archive: April 2012

Today I walked…

Today I walked a couple of my dogs. The first, Tootsie a spry, happy 2 year old that must smell everything, zig, when I zag and go at Mach 5. My second walk was with my Tiggie, who is now almost 12 years old and blind. I enjoyed both and realized they were a lot like kids. One…

Reaching out!

I had the opportunity last night to present my book Yoga and Me, Come be a Tree at the public library in Plymouth NH.  My wonderful illustrator (Kirsten Carruth) and I talked about our collaboration. She displayed all of the original artwork last evening for participants to view.  I read the book aloud to the small but…

OK, now I’m really shaking my head!

I was presenting a preschool seminar yesterday and one of the teachers shared with the class that her preschool denied the teacher’s request for swings for the following reasons: 1. The children might fall off! 2. There would be problems with all being able to access the swings because they would have to take turns!  The outdoor…

Reach out to a child this weekend…

Hope you have enjoyed  this blog. I appreciate your patience and kindness as I muddle through. My weekend challenge for you is to reach out and enjoy a child’s company this weekend. Even if it means you make googly eyes at one in a grocery store or if you have access to a real, breathing one, read them a book,…

“Kids today”…

I remember when my parents or grandparents used to use this phrase as a starter for a negative comment or just use it reactively with an exclamation point. Mind you, I was a product of the 60’s and they probably had a right to be shocked at all that went on!  When I see a child at…

Dangle that carrot!!!

Don’t forget to dangle the carrot!  Often in order to engage a child in motivating them to do something you have to up the ante! (I’m not proud, I’ll do anything to get a kiddo to work for me). Remember it shouldn’t be a costly carrot, but rather a carrot that will engage their attention…

Is that child that you are teaching how to tie struggling?

If they are challenged by this skill…think about their age? You may feel 4, 5 or 6-year-old are ready but aren’t capable…so there is quite a range. Also how is their hand function? Do they have a dominant hand yet? If not, maybe some more skills with both hands need to come first (bilateral integration). Until the 2 hands can…

Yes learning shoe tying takes time…(something we seem not to have any more)

 Every neuron is firing and wiring to be able to accomplish this new task!!! With practice (and as we know kids want to do grown up things) this child’s tongue will stay in his mouth, shoe tying will be automatic and he’ll be ready to surge forward to learn…handwriting? math facts? how to teach a…

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