The Never Ending Story…

The Never Ending Story…

Social Skills from Storytelling

I love my job. I genuinely love what I do.

I get to work with educators who are changing lives every day. I get to watch the magic happen in between wiped noses and zipped zippers. That magic spot where a child feels fully heard and understood, with someone waiting as long as it takes for the story to be told.

Those are hard moments, right? Sometimes that story takes….. aaaaages. That little one looking up to you wants so desperately to tell you something amazing they just saw, something they just thought of, something that happened two weeks ago, something they need. RIGHT NOW! But they don’t always have the words, or the story comes out a little jumbled… 

You know the one?…

The connection between a child and the adult who spends the time to get to know them is like no other. Working out exactly what the littles in our lives are saying sometimes feels like a superpower or an unspoken language. Because that’s exactly what it is.

93% of communication is non-verbal

WAIT. WHAT?! 

Now, I’m no math genius but that means that only 7% of what I’m actually saying is remembered, registered and retained.

Umm…. Then what am I saying all this stuff for?!

Paired with all the words, stories, and songs, are the snuggles, hands to be held, smiles and winks. And those contain the magic of the social-emotional development for the children we love so much.

There are those tiny gestures and expressions that tell us the story where the words haven’t come quite yet. And in those moments, reading those mini messages between the newly forming phrases is an opportunity for empowerment.

It’s incredible.

Although your mind is also moving a mile a minute with #allthethings that need to happen in a day filled with responsibility, know that you taking that moment with a child has given them an opportunity to blossom. It has filled their whole heart and sent signals to their brain like fireworks.

By listening to the story that took forever, you supported the child’s ability to:

  • identify and express emotion
  • identify and express needs and wants
  • regulate emotion
  • follow direction (through the general rules of conversation – you talk, I listen. I talk, you listen; taking turns, creating community)
  • focus and sustain attention

Take a quick scan over that list again because guess what? 

These are the skills we need to be successful in school, in relationships, in work, in adulthood. 

Yup. You are setting the stage for amazing things in this child’s future by hearing that story for the hundredth time.

You have set the foundation for the next story, the next moment when things feel a little bit hard and heavy, the next time they need support to work out what is going on around them, learning how to share what they want to say.

You are creating those wonder-filled environments (hear more on that here with a quick video) that are allowing that child to flourish.

So, that story that took forever, that took all sorts of twists and turns, that was almost the exact story you heard yesterday, and all the days before that… was a window of wonder.

Your job is hard. It takes incredible patience to do this, and the million other things required in a day. But in those mini-moments, you are empowering a child with the skills they need for the rest of their life.

I love my job. It’s hard. It’s exhausting. AND I get to have moments like this one. I get to watch someone like you having a moment like this one when I step into a daycare and watch it all unfold.

You empowered a child today. Who knows what they will do tomorrow.

Thank you for all you do.

I’d love to hear about your day, what you are wondering about and how I can help.

Let’s chat. Pop a comment in the box below – or over here on the contact me page.

Talk soon,

Jessica

Children so desperately want to tell you something amazing they just saw, but they don’t always have the words, or the story comes out a little jumbled… and you also have a million other things to do. Click here to read about the development that comes from listening to this story, empowering this child and setting them up for the future.  #teacher #parent #ece #educator  #lifeskills #socialskills #emotionalskills #story #toddler #preschooler #infant

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What is a wonder-filled environment?

What is a wonder-filled environment?

Why do we need to have this conversation? What is the importance of a wonder-filled environment?! 

Watch this incredible video from Education Inspire Change – where they so creatively depict a problem that I believe we are facing.

There are so many beautiful philosophies when it comes to supporting how you approach early childhood education.

 

From Montessori to Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Forest Schools, Child-Led, Theme Based Education, Play Based, Child-Centered, Curriculum Guided… the list could get very long.

 

Something that most, if not all of these educational foundations have in common is the value placed on the environment where the learning occurs: be it outside in nature or inside a beautifully and thoughtfully created space –  or a combination of the two. There is a research-based belief that the space in which the learning occurs has an incredible impact on each child’s experience.

I love the idea of a “wonder-filled environment”, a phrase I first heard from Sally of Fairy Dust Teaching.

 

But what exactly is a wonder-filled learning environment?

I think if you asked a fellow educator, a home schooling parent, or a mother with little ones at home, you would come to find an incredible collection of answers. Check out this video to hear what I feel a wonder filled environment is.

What does “Wonder-Filled Environment” mean to you when it comes to early learning?! Share with your comments below or reach out to me directly!

 

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What is a Beautiful Things Box?

What is a Beautiful Things Box?

WHAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THINGS BOX?

I’ve had quite a few readers reach out – asking about something I mention quite often. 

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In early childhood education educators have the ability to create an environment that inspires creativity and excitement within the children in their care - be it for arts and crafts activity ideas or sensory activities, loose parts play, the spark can come from an easily accessible box of beautiful things. click here for a video #preschool #toddler #infant #daycare #childcare

Check out these other posts with connections to the Beautiful Things Box!

In early childhood education educators have the ability to create an environment that inspires creativity and excitement within the children in their care - be it for arts and crafts activity ideas or sensory activities, loose parts play, the spark can come from an easily accessible box of beautiful things. click here for a video #preschool #toddler #infant #daycare #childcare

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read more

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A Mission for Change in Early Childhood Education

A Mission for Change in Early Childhood Education

I cannot think of a better time of year to forge forward with change.

As I look outside at my big beautiful oak tree that provides a canopy to the space where my daughter plays, I see TRANSFORMATION before my eyes and it inspires me.

 

I cannot think of a better time of year to forge forward with change. As I look outside at my big beautiful oak tree that provides a canopy to the space where my daughter plays, I see TRANSFORMATION before my eyes and it inspires me.  #earlychildhoodeducation #transformeducation

Learning social-emotional skills early on in life is an important part of our development. These are the skills that support our interactions with those around us while we build long-lasting relationships with friends and loved ones, help us work through the tough times as well as celebrate the good, give us the courage to strive for our goals and the resilience to get there one step at a time. #teacher #parent #ece #educator #lifeskills #socialskills #emotionalskills #books #compassion

Looking at education today

In a space where we are constantly undergoing change to meet the needs of our surroundings, to adjust to the world we live in, we have yet to see a notable change in education.
We continue to educate our children in a way we have been for countless years, despite the fact that the world around us has changed dramatically.
The needs of our children have changed as our primary industries have shifted and the pressures of social media weigh heavily on us, relentlessly.
As with the changes we have seen in the last number of years, so should our approaches to creating enriching environments that allow our children to flourish.

 

Work with Jessica

I cannot think of a better time of year to forge forward with change. As I look outside at my big beautiful oak tree that provides a canopy to the space where my daughter plays, I see TRANSFORMATION before my eyes and it inspires me.  #earlychildhoodeducation #transformeducation
I cannot think of a better time of year to forge forward with change. As I look outside at my big beautiful oak tree that provides a canopy to the space where my daughter plays, I see TRANSFORMATION before my eyes and it inspires me.  #earlychildhoodeducation #transformeducation
Much like the tiny acorn that grew into the great big oak in my yard, there were challenges, struggles and freedoms to succeed. There was space to grow, nourishment and opportunity. Don’t our children deserve the same freedoms? The same space to thrive?
In my role, I have the opportunity to meet with change-makers in an attempt to bring my mission forward, to provoke the need for change, to stand up for the youngest of learners in our community and to work for enrichment in early childhood education. 

I would love to hear your thoughts on early childhood education.

 

Share your perspective with me so I can share it with those who make the decisions that impact us all. Let me know your experience, and what you would love to see happen in early childhood education.

 

I’m here, I’m listening. It’s time for change.

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read more

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read more

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