If you get - give. If you learn - teach. - Mayo Angelou
Books that have impacted my journey and outlook.
NUMBER 1 influence. His outlook on childhood resonates
with me fully.
YES! Children at this young age are often not READY to share. Learning to manage disappointment and problem solve are much better tools at this time.
Oh yeah... culture, community, handwork, rhythms... it's all in here.
This book changed my thinking in SO many ways. So many of these I was misguided on as a young mother. I share this now as much as I'm able, and have a few copies on hand.
Peter Gray... another Giant! He speaks loudly to the respecting of children and their capabilities.
EVERY Early Learning specialist knows the Ooey Gooey Lady. She was a pioneer extraordinaire for ramping up the fun!
We are so fortunate to live in an age that allows us great insights and understandings in child development. Our desire is to share with families the resources that we have found most valuable as we have navigated thus far along our journey. These are books that have helped to guide our thinking on best practices in supporting our young people and families today. Something that would interest us, and be joyfully committed to, would be to provide a venue that would offer a safe space to share, discuss, ponder, practice, learn and grow. We are considering something of a book club.
A bit about Michelle Jensen's inspiration for sharing and discussing literature with Sherwood Forest families.
When I would be reading through these books, I would be so excited I'd feel like shouting from the rooftops, "Wow! You've got to read this! It's so true! So valuable!" There is so much I wish I had known as a young mom. I can't go back, but I can share from here forward with the parents in my life. We are all doing the best we can with where we are, and what we know. Much of what we know is from our childhood experiences, some of us were blessed with having had informed and nurturing parents, others of us were not. It's helpful to read parenting books, but without experiences to draw from it can be hard to identify with some of the information shared, here is where I have the advantage of witnessing and experiencing time with children. I would love to create a space that is safe and encouraging to explore this.... Each year our community is unique, our needs and challenges change. What remains true year to year is that sharing and growing our understanding of how to best support and empower the children in our lives... in our world, is just as much my goal for a family, as caring and nurturing your child while at school.