Saturday, April 29, 2017

Important Children Quotes to Remember

Some of my favorite children's quotes are as follows:

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” ~ Jess Lair

“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” ~ Jim Henson

“Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places that they could not imagine.” ~ Yawar Baig

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.” ~ F. Douglas

“Love is the supreme form of communication.
In the hierarchy of needs, love stands as the supreme developing 
agent of the humanity of the person. As such, the teaching of love 
should be the central core of all early childhood curriculum
 with all other subjects growing naturally out of such teaching.”
~ Ashley Montagu

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” ~ Alfie Kohn 

References

Gowmon, V. (2014). Inspiring Quotes on Child Learning and Development. Retrieved from Remembering To Play:
                    http://www.vincegowmon.com/inspiring-quotes-on-child-learning-and-development/

Monday, April 17, 2017

Testing for intelligence



Berger, K. S. (2016). The developing person through childhood (7th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

stressors of childhood


Children can go through a lot of situations, in their childhood, that brings stress to their lives. For example, racism, and hunger. As a child I have experienced racism, I remember when I was about five years old, I was friends with a Caucasian girl. We went to the same elementary school, but our families were never close. Well the little girls birthday was coming up, and she was having a birthday party. The girls mother looked up my address in the school directory, and came knocking on my door to invite me to the party. My mother answered the door, and her mother looked shocked that I was African American. However, her daughter went on with her spiel of inviting me to her birthday party. They then took their leave. Five minutes later, her younger brother knocks on my door to inform me, that they were not having a birthday party, and he ran away. I did not understand what had happened, and it made me sad. I had lost a friend, because of racism, which was not fair.

Children can also go through hunger, especially in other countries, like South America, where 62 million people (70%) live in poverty, and have a hard time providing food to their families. People go hungry in South America, because there is a lack of money that they earn, most people only earn a dollar a day. Which is a huge difference from the legislators earning 15-20,000 a month. Also, with the droughts that have taken place, the agriculture in South America is stagnate. Some families cannot even afford milk for their children (South America, 4/1/17). This is sad, I hate to think of kids going hungry in the world. The truth of the fact is, we don't even have to look very far, to see childhood hunger, It is right in our backyards. Reading this article makes me want to get more involved in these issues, to see how I can help.


References

South America: Hunger. Retrieved on 4/1/17 from:
 http://becher2085.weebly.com/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Breastfeeding



Today I will talk about the public health topic breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is important to me, because it is the healthiest thing that you can do for your child. It gives your baby its best start, in nutrition, and immunization.  When a mother breastfeeds her child, she is also bonding with her child, and making a connection. Breast milk is the sterile, is always at the right temperature, and has essential nutrients for your baby’s body, and brain. Babies who are breastfed are healthier, because breast milk contains antibodies, and decreases allergies, and asthma in babies. Breastfed babies are also less obese, and have lower rates of diabetes, and heart disease (Berger, 2016). Unfortunately, women who breastfeed their children in public, are ostracized. People feel like its discussing, give them evil looks, and ask them to stop. I think this is grossly unfair. Society likes to idolize a woman’s breasts, but when those breasts are actually used for their purpose, they believe it is something dirty.
            Unfortunately, people in Europe have the same opinions of breastfeeding as the U.S. For example, French women breastfeed for as short a time as possible, because they equate breastfeeding with slavery. They want to get back to their original lives, and work. French women are told that they should hide their breasts. They believe that their breasts are for their husbands, and not their baby (The European Mama).
            I am not sure how this information can help me in my line of work, as a preschool teacher, unless I can help educate parents, on how important breastfeeding can be for their next child. I guess it goes into the model of each one teach one.

References
Berger, K. S. (2016). The developing person through childhood (7th Ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
The European Mama. Breastfeeding Around The World. Retrieved on 3/18/2017 from http://www.europeanmama.com/breastfeeding-around-the-world/

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Childbirth in my life, and around the world

I myself have never given birth to a child. Therefore, I will tell you about an experience of my friend's child birth, that I was apart of. This birth was interesting for two reasons. One reason was that my friend had recently undergone gastric bypass surgery, before her pregnancy. The second reason was that this was her second child, the first was born by cesarean, and she was adamant on having a vaginal birth this time. Her birthing was a long process, but was in a hospital. She was having a hard time dilating, and the doctors tried inducing her labor. The doctors, however were very calm, they monitored every step of her labor. Putting any doubts, or worries to rest. Her child ended up having a birth defect, of one of his scrotum's being defective, as well as her baby being under birth rate. I chose this experience, because it is the only one that I have experienced first hand, and I have wondered if her gastric bypass surgery, had anything to do with her child's problems. My thoughts on child birth, and its implications on child development, is scary. You have to be so careful with the child you carry, and even things you have no control over can harm your child. For example, stress, and pollution. I feel like you should live in your own personal bubble.

I decided to look at births in Africa. Reading about how dangerous, and all the complications of births here, saddens me. One in twenty-two women die in pregnancy, or childbirth, because they do not have access to proper health care. Births in Africa are at home, with only thirty-seven percent of them with a skilled health worker. Therefore, if there are complications during labor, like obstruction, women can die (The Guardian, 2012). Preterm babies, born in Africa have many implications, like breathing difficulties, intracranial bleeds, and jaundice. If Malaria is contracted during pregnancy, it can lead to preterm babies, and growth restrictions (Cousens, 2017). These are different experiences, then what I experienced for child birth. My friend had a licensed professional around her at all times, unlike the women in Africa. If there were any complications, during her labor, she was in a medical facility that would help her deliver a healthy baby, keeping them both safe. We really need to make sure all women have health care. Having a baby, is life threatening, scary, and deadly.

References

Cousens, S., Lawn, J., Mongi, P. Africa's Newborns- Counting Them and Making Them Count. Retrieved on 3/11/2017 from http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/publications/aonsection_I.pdf 
The Guardian ( 2012). Giving Birth- The Most Dangerous Thing An African Woman Can Do? Retrieved on 3/11/2017 from https://www.theguardian.com/journalismcompetition/giving-birth-the-most-dangerous-thing-an-african-woman-can-do

Saturday, February 25, 2017

code of ethics

this week we looked at the code of ethics that we should have in our work. three of these ethics really stuck out to me, the first was:

  •  Professional development and preparation. this one is an important code to have in our profession, because you have to be an advocate, for children and families. it is important that i have high standards for my professional performance, and practice. it is important that i acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with a variety of young children with disabilities, and their families within natural,  and inclusive environments promoting children’s overall growth, development and learning, and enhancing family quality of life. i would also like to continue to seek and interpret evidence based information for planning, and implementing appropriate learning environments linked to ongoing assessment, and collaboration with parents and professional team members (NAEYC, 2005). 
  • the second code of ethics that meant the most to me was ethical responsibilities to children. it is important that anyone working with children provide care and education in settings that are safe, healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each child in their care. professionals need to support each child's development, respect their differences, promoting children’s self awareness, competence, self-worth, resiliency, and physical well-being (The division for early childhood, 2000).
  • the third code of ethics that meant something to me was responsive family centered practices. it is important that we help and make all the families we work with feel welcome. that each family in our care receive individualized, meaningful, and relevant services responsive to their beliefs, values, customs, languages, and cultures.  as a professional, i want to be able to promote family well being, and participation in the school, as well as life activities (NAEYC, 2005).
References

The Division for Early Childhood. (2000, August). Code of ethics. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from
http://www.dec-sped.org/


Friday, February 10, 2017

Early Childhood Education Resources

Additional Resources:


1.      Henrichs, J., Hofman, A., Jaddoe, V., Raat, H., Rescoria, L., Schenk, J., Schmidt,H., Tiemeier, H., Verhulst, F. (2011). Examining continuity of early expressive vocabulary development: The generation r study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54(3), 854-869.

2. Leseman, P.P.M., Oudgenoeg-Paz, o., Volman, M.J.M. (2012). Attainment of sitting and walking predicts development of productive vocabulary between ages 16 and 28 months. Infant Behavior and Development, 35(4), 733-736.

3. http://www.pbs.org/parents/child-development/social-emotional