Early Childhood Education text books

We have 18 short years to teach children, but adults can learn for the rest of their lives. Join me as I learn more about my world while I’m teaching the youngest children. Studies show that a child who does not read at grade level by third grade falls behind in literature, math and science. This slow but steady distancing means a lifetime of difference for the child. Let’s find a way to spark excitement for reading and science early on through child-led activities and hands on science and art to stimulate the children’s natural curiosity for further exploration. Motivate a child’s curiosity and change the world.

What’s Montessori Library?

This is our first week of school, and I’m a Montessori school librarian, specializing in early childhood. What does Montessori have to do with it? The majority of Montessori students are in the first plane of development, between two and a half years and six. These...

We Work Together

Planning is the name of the game as Washington schools come back to start the new year. Teacher back-to-business week brings a great opportunity to collaborate and to invigorate the teachers a librarian works with. This year I’m switching up the program. How can we...

Winding down

Teaching these Kindergartners and primary students has been a pleasure. I've learned so much from them and we've had fun all around. The yearbook has pictures of dancing, singing, field trips to the public library, and a couple of plays we put on as part of our class....

Hard Reading

The Hate You Give by Angie Tomas and Kekla Magoon's How It Went Down are two hard reads, but they are necessary to the current conversation around black children and where they see themselves. These are two books that help those in more physically comfortable...

Raising Readers

I'm going to write more on this later, but I firmly believe that finding the way to help a child love reading is about knowing the child. When we get to learn their internal motivations and what excites them, we'll be able to find the book that gives them access to...

Poetry Month

This poetry month we examined how the children identify poems. We also established the title, verse, and importance of the words chosen. We didn't have enough time to explore much more, but we did compare some very formal poems with a few Shel Silverstein pieces. My...

Library update

A quick update before I head out for the weekend: The world is a big place, and sometimes it's hard to wrap our heads around the differences people on this single planet experience in a day. It's spring in North America, but fall in South America and Africa. We...

Tough Reads

Sometimes we have to read the hard things to really appreciate the lives of others. Sometimes the hard-to-read books help us understand ourselves better. Take the time to read something you've never experienced before. You'll be surprised by what you learn. I'm going...