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Newsletters from Paulette

Newsletters from Susan

A teacher sits holding a book. A young child sits next to her, pointing at something in the book.

January 1, 2021

Let's talk about the things you can do to help your students - and other people in your life - build the resilience they need to handle trauma.

A teacher sits at a table with a group of preschool students. They are playing with small toys.

November 2, 2020

What is Your Why? What would your children remember if it was their only day? What would be their memory of you?

An illustration of the brain. The regions of the brain are highlighted: prefrontal cortex - decision making, midbrain - connection, brainstem - safety.

September 10, 2020

To better understand why challenging behavior occurs we need to be aware of the brain states and how they affect decisions that are made by both adults and children.

A teacher sits with preschool children at a table in a classroom.

September 3, 2020

Take the time to set the culture in your classroom that empowers your children to self-regulate and to show empathy towards those who are struggling.

A family with young children sit in front of a desk.

August 27, 2020

Building any relationship takes trust which takes time to develop. Families are entrusting us to value their child.

A large number of survey responses about self care, including responses like "listening to my body," "balance," and "hitting pause"

August 20, 2020

Self-care looks different to each one of us.

An unbalanced seesaw showing a permissive or authoritarian parenting style. On the low end of the seesaw is a sad face with the word 'disempower.' On the high end of the seesaw is an angry face with the word 'overpower.'

August 13, 2020

I always thought that when a child had a meltdown/tantrum in front of me it was because they felt safe with me. Turns out that is not always the case!

An image showing the "iceberg of behavior." The top of the iceberg shows challenging behaviors like hitting. Below the water, the iceberg talks about needs the child may have: being tired or hungry; and other possible causes like trauma or boredom.

August 6, 2020

How many of us feel like we are juggling on any given day? How is it possible to keep all these plates up in the air?

Five children are outside, holding hands and jumping.

July 23, 2020

Exploring density with Dancing Raisins

A child's hand holds rocks over more rocks spread out on construction paper.

March 1, 2021

What is a “quality learning program” and what does it look like in an early childhood setting?

A teacher sits on the floor, holding a sign in each hand. One sign has a happy face, the other has a sad face. A child stands in front the teacher, looking at the signs.

February 1, 2021

We are all dealing with trauma during these difficult times. Each person has a unique story filled with circumstances no one else can understand.

A teacher reads a book about winter to a preschool class

December 1, 2020

Can we teach based on the research of how children grow and learn and still comply with all of the requirements of our center?

Fine motor skill activities including tongs, pompoms, and a colander threaded with pipe cleaners.

October 10, 2020

Each age and stage builds upon previous experiences. The result is a child who is less frustrated when entering school.

A teacher sits in a classroom at  table, surrounded by students.

May 21, 2020

When I look back and try to sum up the year I keep thinking of the words calm, confident and connected.

A teacher and students sit at a table, playing with colored blocks.

May 14, 2020

You are the key factor in providing STREAM experiences for your children.

A teacher sits with students at a table. The students are playing with stacking toys.

May 7, 2020

What does music do that will make a difference during these difficult times of stress and social isolation?

Two small groups of children's toys sorted by color. One group is red, the other is yellow.

April 24, 2020

In the spring of 2019 the professional development workshop Big Ideas for Early Mathematics was presented by the Erikson Institute.

A drawing of a field at night with a starry sky,

May 1, 2020

Literacy and the arts go hand in hand. How do they work together so our little ones can learn pre-literacy skills...

Mission: To elevate and promote the highest quality early childhood development and education in Indian River County, focusing on economically challenged children and families.

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