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February 14, 2016

Recently, I had the privilege of being invited to work with the amazing folks from the International Network of Children's Ministry (INCM) who were putting together a collection of essays for a book entitled, What Matters in Children's Ministry for the Children's Pasto...

January 10, 2016

 

When I was a beginning preschool teacher, one thing that surprised me was how quickly the books in my three-year-old classroom library would get shred to pieces. I'd find the covers torn off, pages ripped out, crayon scribbles everywhere, even *gasp* footprints inside...

August 25, 2014

Recently, I was walking, minding my own business, when I tripped and fell... hard. It was not pretty. Pretend, just for a moment, that the person who saw the whole thing came up to me, picked me right up, dusted off my clothes, and then told me, "Don't cry! You're okay...

August 18, 2014

We live in an age of immediate gratification. Our children's generation has been taught to think that everything they want or need should be quickly delivered to them, no waiting required.  Recent parenting/teaching trends call for adults to act quickly in fulfilling a...

August 4, 2014

 

 

When kids do things that just defy explanation, it's human nature to demand: WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!?!?! Funny thing is, in my 22 years in the field, I don't think I've ever heard a child answer this question to the satisfaction of the adult asking it.  


While I unde...

July 28, 2014

Kids of all ages thrive on order.  If you find that you've spent the bulk of the day telling your charges what they should be doing every step of the way,maybe it's time to look at your routine: 


Is it consistent?

Are you doing things in basically the same order ev...

June 27, 2014

 

Have you ever walked in to a room full of people who are already engaged and felt immediate panic? Unfamiliar places filled with unfamiliar people and unfamiliar expectations are awkward for many of us, and young children are no exception.  Those of us who work with k...

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