We Wouldn’t Put a Toddler on a Tightrope

This is a variation on my “earlier-is-not-better” theme. If you’ve been following my work – whether recently or for a while – you know that I’m continually trying to debunk the insidious myth that earlier is better. It’s become so prevalent in our society! Whether we’re talking about athletics or academics, parents, administrators, policymakers, and…

The Trouble with Traditional Transitions

What are some words that come to mind when you think about transitions in your early childhood setting? Might they include chaotic, noisy, unmanageable, frustrating, or time-wasting? These are some of the responses I receive when I ask that question in my presentations. I then ask: Not academically speaking, what things would be at the…

Dear Santa: Here’s What I Want for Children

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to wish lists and goals. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d let Santa know what I want for children in the new year. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Free play! That means child-initiated and child-directed. As much of it as possible, please. The…