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 a President?

As an Early Childhood professional, I see many children. Sometimes they say things that I think I understand, only to learn that I was way off base. Recently a child came to the library and wanted to find a book about the president. I know that many people would walk...

Carl Sagan

Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. -Carl Sagan Carl Sagan was an astronomer in the United States who was known for communicating science to people of in all walks of life. He may be best known today for his books and for...

Solstice

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere  is the day the sun reaches it’s farthest southern point. (This is the day they celebrate Summer...

Focusing on the Blog

As you know, I work in education. My hobby, writing, is something I hope to grow into over time. I call it a hobby because the time and money I put into writing at this point moves around my day job and does not break even in book sales. So what's an early childhood...

When They’re Alone

Talk about a month. November is usually a month we have too much going on to keep up with everything. The children are excited for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and know that their winter celebrations are just around the corner, and often we're hosting a book fair....

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...