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Time to Plan Again : By Connecting

Many of my clients are schools and preschools. It is a busy time there, fresh with planning the new year and meeting new students.
Whether or not you are in that environment, you probably feel the freshness of the new school year. It is a great time for planning and a great time to hit the mission again with your team.

For some fresh ideas on planning with you team, how about some words from a new source? Kay Orr writes how she handles first of the school year planning and how she brings the stakeholders together. Read with an open mind and open heart and I’m sure you will be refreshed.

https://www.thsc.org/2016/08/5-simple-points-for-planning-the-academic-year-23997/

August 18, 2016 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Holy Week was Declared Early Childhood Education Week?

This is Holy Week for Christians. Today is Good Friday, leading up to Resurrection Day, the most important celebration in Christianity. Did you notice this week was also declared the Week of Early Childhood? In Texas both parties are talking about government expansion into early childhood education. Looks like some favor expanding HeadStart and some public school to cover….. what ? What corporations, small businesses, churches, mothers and grandmothers are covering?

Who offers the highest quality of care? If one defines highest quality as the children with the highest academic achievement, the best social skills, and the happiest, it would be the church affiliated schools — and the mothers/grandmothers. So why have we regulated so many away? Why this attack on them now? And why during Holy Week?

April 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Top ten signs you have found a good childcare center?

I remember being called to help out in a childcare center and as soon as I stepped into the door, I knew we had a problem. The few things posted on the wall were all bought and all posted at adult level. There were only 3 books in the room for a classroom of 20. The toys were dirty. What was going on?

What do you look for in a childcare center?

I look for happy children.
I look for busy classrooms, not too quiet and not a lot of screaming.
I look for children’s art work posted.
I expect to not smell anything bad.
I expect to see children working at a variety of tasks.
I hope to see some space.
I expect to see a plant, an artful picture.
I expect to see adults talking to children at eye level.
I expect to see a wide variety of things ot play/work with including art materials, blocks/insets, housekeeping equipment, dolls & trucks, matching & sorting games, large & small muscle activities — and I expect to see so many of them they they must be stack in shelves.

What would you tell parents, or a new worker, to look for in a good childcare center?

October 25, 2013 at 1:16 am Leave a comment


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Would you like Sharon to come back? “Yes! Every day of the year!” Phillip Merritt Owner of ABC Preparatory Academies in Austin Texas

“Sharon has strong abilities in critical thinking. She also has excellent instincts in grasping issues before all the information has been revealed. There have been some occasions where I assumed what she was saying could not possibly be accurate, but in the end she was proved right when the facts were revealed. I trust (or at least pay serious attention) to her opinions.” Walter Lee, former Engineer, Retired Minister PC(USA), QVR Board Member

 

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Sharon’s books

The Government is not a Village. Dialogs across boundaries, busts myths, reveals real science. Offers a positive way forward in early education policy. Go to www.lulu.com or www.thegovernmentisnotavillage.com Swim with the Dolphins, not with the Sharks Sharon's classic book on conflict reduction available at www.amazon.com This is instrumental music, great for calming and focusing. I recommend it for your classroom. WHOLETONES

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