My Family and I

I got thinking about how much information and how many Children I post about weekly on my BLOG. But, I have never posted about myself or my Family.  So here goes-I have been married for 19 years, I have three incredible children- 15,13 & 12. We moved to Gorham in 1999, from Portland where I grew up.  I began working with and caring for children in different ways over 25 years ago.  I worked at a Daycare for a few years.  I am one of eight Children so I have many Nieces and Nephews that I cared for as well. Having my own in Home Child care was always something I wanted to do. So in 2008, the opportunity arose.  I have taken many courses and Trainings including Early Childhood Education (Including Infant and Toddle Development and Preschool learning and Developement).  I love what I do. I have several children that I have watched grow up from an infant to School aged+.  I also love our neighborhood. It is a perfect dead end street.  I am located in outer Gorham heading toward Standish.

And this is my wonderful Family.


10 Compliments kids need to hear…

Children look to their moms for encouragement.  Compliments go a long way in giving our kids the boost they need.

1. Compliment their character. We live in a world where integrity is neither consistently taught nor widely expected. When our children demonstrate honesty, kindness, trustworthiness and reliability, that’s a great time to take them aside and offer a sincere compliment.

2. Compliment obedience and respect.It’s too easy to fall into patterns of disapproval, where the only time we notice is when kids do wrong. Rather than waiting for disobedience or disrespect (then coming down like a ton of bricks) try noticing obedience and respect: “I don’t always remember to tell you, but you are an awesome young man, and I appreciate the way you treat your mother”.

3. Compliment them for simply being part of the family.“Every time I see you, I’m thankful that I’m your Mom.” Kids need to understand that they are valued simply because they are.

4. Compliment contributions to the family. “Clearing the table (sweeping the porch… putting out the trash) makes a real difference. I appreciate your contribution.” Kids need to understand that what they do makes a difference, that the adults notice, and that pitching in is a good part of family life.

5. Compliment the quality of their work.“This is one clean porch, mister!” “You mowed the lawn right up to the edge.  Way to go!  I’m so glad you take this job so seriously, it shows.” Doing a job at a high standard is always worth noting.

6. Compliment the effort, even when the result is not the best.“Your willingness to help makes me happy! Now we need to take a look at how you can get the trash to the curb without leaving a trail!” Compliments can be an important part of our role as teachers.

7. Compliment when they achieve something new. “Wow! That’s a huge leap forward for you there in math, pal.” “Awesome! I’m not at all surprised after you worked so hard.” A well-placed compliment can keep a positive ball rolling.

8. Compliment their sense of style even if we don’t exactly share their taste. We don’t want to force our kids into being clones of us. “When it comes to putting together an outfit, you certainly have some flair!” “I can tell that you put a lot of thought into the way you look.” “I’ve never seen a table set quite like that before – you have an amazing imagination!” It’s not useful to limit compliments to the narrow range of our own taste.

9. Compliment steps toward a long-term goal.“Son, the improvement you’re showing is commendable. Thanks for trying.” Waiting for perfection before we’re willing to dish out a compliment is inefficient, may dampen enthusiasm, and does little to help the process of growth.

10. Compliment their friends.But only do this when you can do it honestly! “Your friends are the greatest!” “That Jake is such a good kid.” “You know, it gives me a lot of confidence to know you use common sense in choosing your friends.”

Sharing this from Country Fun..

Teaching Techniques.

 Top Ten Teaching Techniques
1.  Keep it simple and flexible 
2.  Truthful positives and praise
3.  Review and reinforce
4.  Transitions flow
5.  Let them do it / Get them involved 
6.  Timely surprises
7.  Variety- styles, materials, methods, expectations
8.  Be Yourself 
9.  Value individuality
10. Validate end product
Borrowed this from Deb at Country Fun Child Care, a previous school teacher as well, and I completly feel the same way as Deb does.. Thanks Deb for these..

New “Bucket” recognition System (1 of 3 posts today)

A friend recommended a book for me to Read. I read hers, then went out and bought my own. (Her Pre school uses it differently, they use it as a Red, Yellow Green bucket system for behavior).  The name of the book is “Have you filled your Bucket today”. It is a great book talking about how each person has a bucket and they can fill their bucket by doing/saying nice things etc.  So, last night I went out and bought little buckets and a bag of pom poms.  I only have two children here today ages 2 & 4.  I read the book to them and explained many of the things they could do to help “Fill” their bucket with pom poms. Examples: being a good listener, helping to pick up, paying attention when we are doing a learning activity (Age appropriate considerations), doing something nice or saying somethng nice to another child or an adult etc, etc. There are so many ways that they can earn a pom pom for their buckets.  I hope that this will work as an encouragement tool.  The children get an immediate reward/recognition for things that they do. It makes them proud of themself and want to do more good things. However, they can also lose pom poms for non acceptable acts, like hitting, not listening etc. At some point I will probably add a “Reward” box so at the end of the day or week (not sure how we will count the buckets yet) they can chose a reward. If anyone has any ideas of inexpensive (I Love he Dollar stores) reward ideas, or wants to donate any, please let me know. Thank you.  “J” and “M” both earned a pom pom this morning for being good listeners during the time I read the “Bucket book”.  ( I would love to hear your feedback about this new tool).


ID Kits/Games/Colors-Motor skill activities.

I got some identification kits that contain some basic information on each child, finger prints as well as a DNA sample.  Today I did the Fingerprint portion with each child (As best I could) and filled in most of the information. I will send home the DNA portion for the parents to each do on their child.  Since it was raining out we played “Musical mat” and  “Keep the Balloons off the floor”  games (both motor skills activities as well as talking about the balloon colors).   We also played in the playroom a lot today.