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A New Room by Sandra Schmidt

        As I wait for my new suite to be completed, I have had the time to think about how well I do with transitions and change. Just when I think the move is imminent and I start to prepare myself for the new rhythm we will have in our new surroundings, a delay occurs that sets back our move-in date. It can be frazzling even for a grown-up. It has also made me examine how I am in supporting the children in my care when there is a change. Songs help transitions -- from washing our hands to getting to the table for meals. A strong daily and weekly rhythm helps too.  With the new suite we talk about our future in the room. We've made visits to the room at various points during the construction and we have talked about how some things will remain the same -- yes, we will be taking our toys with us.

The Joy of Connecting Face to Face by Sandra Schmidt

Sandra writes: Sometimes people wonder why we don't have any media at LifeWays, even audio CD players for music. Recently I saw Miss Jane (the former lead caregiver of our suite) and, as early childhood teachers are wont to do, we updated each other on the children in our care. She let me know how the children that had left LifeWays and my care last fall were doing in Kindergarten and I filled her in on the milestones of the children that had been in her care before she left LifeWays to join the Tamarack School community.

Speaking in Stories by Jaimmie Stugard

Jaimmie writes: One of my favorite stories to tell at rest time is the story of Peter Rabbit.  I like to tell this classic tale of mother knows best when the children are in a particularly squirrelly or defiant mood.  Many children can relate to the bold, independent and adventurous little Peter - especially in early spring as the world is blooming and bursting and begging to be explored.  The children are tucked in and I sit in my rocker in the hushed room with a baby or a lyre on my lap.  I begin to sing, as I do every day, the song that introduces our tale, “Peter, listen to your mother.  You may go down the lane.  Or to the meadow to play.  Stay out of the garden.”  The children know the song well and they know the story that will follow.  They have heard it day after day, for weeks at a time.  They snuggle up in their beds, listen to the familia

Learning to Speak by Mary O'Connell

Mary writes:  One of my favorite texts in the LifeWays Early Childhood Training is Karl Konig’s book, The First Three Years of the Child. Konig describes the three major milestones achieved by the child that are unique to humans. It always blows my mind to think about how important the first three years of our lives are; we accomplish the things that make us essentially human and most of us can’t even remember these years in our own lives!

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