Tag Archives: Early Childhood Education

Sign up to Read for the Record! This year featuring a little llama in red pajamas

18 Sep

Pledge to read to kids and support early childhood education!

Once again, Jumpstart is organizing a “Read for the Record” event, which asks adults to pledge to read to the children in their life on October 6, 2011. Whether you read to your own children or someone else’s (as I will do, reading to my preschool classes), we can together demonstrate that reading aloud to children is powerful and important! By pledging to read, you’re showing the world that you believe that early childhood education matters!

This year, we’re pledging to read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama which is a storytime staple around here. In fact, I was already planning to use my bedtime stories theme in early October, which of COURSE little llama is a part of. Red Pajama is a delightful rhyming story which accurately reflects a child’s bedtime anxieties. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy getting to read the words “llama drama?”

Join me and take the pledge to read on Oct. 6!

Early Childhood Education Changes Lives

15 May

On November 13, 2009, I added a postcript to this post  about a young man who spent most of my visit to his school crying. I was able to talk to him, in Spanish, and reassure him that everything was okay. It was his first week of preschool.

This week I made my last visit of the school year to his preschool. He’s still there. In a year and a half, he’s become a confident, sweet, smiling little guy. He speaks to me in accented, but very good, English.

Next year he’ll be in Kindergarten, and I won’t see him.  I will miss him. I wish I could follow him and find out how he progresses in life. I have a feeling, though, that he’s gonna be great.

Never doubt that Early Childhood Education changes lives.

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