Connecting with Children

Keep Trying and Smile

May 27, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Perseverance. Accomplishment. Around Valentine’s Day Claire tried and tried to stand up on the sofa cushions Grayson placed on the floor for playful purpose in his family room. Claire had her own ideas about how to use them. Stepping on them, she wobbled and fell several times. Then, finally, she

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4 yr. old knows why we have brains!

May 26, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

“Why do we have a brain, Grandma?” As always, Grayson was talking and asking questions as we looked at a human anatomy book I bought to use with him. It has layers of transparencies and 3D bones, etc. to show children what is under the skin in all of us.

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Making messes doesn’t bother kids!

April 17, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

As you can see, Grayson put his whole body into learning how to roll out bread dough. Boy, did we have a lot of flour on our clothes! There’s something special about bringing some treasures from past tradition into the present to go forward into the future. I love teaching

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Babies speak up in their own way

April 13, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Claire knows how to get her point across! Grayson did something she did not like when she was eating so she decided to let him know. Who says ya need sentences to communicate your feelings? And I will add that she has no problem with turning up the volume to

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Honoring Problem Solving

April 9, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Don’t ya just love watching wee ones learn how to problem solve when learning to feed themselves? I do! When Claire dropped Grandma Boom’s spaghetti off her spoon, she’d pick up with her hands. You can see the stuck noodle between fingers that she used her spoon to get and

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Silly is good for ALL ages

March 21, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Definition of “silly” is: Lacking seriousness or responsibleness; lacking common sense. Grayson picked up Claire’s little babydoll stroller and decided to put it on his head as a hat, laughing at his own sillies and calling me to look. Children know how to enter into sillyland without hesitation. Most adults

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Savor the fleeting precious moments

February 15, 2013 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Grayson called to me and asked, “Grandma, will you be my valentine?” I turned around to see this precious face inside one of my table valentine decorations he’d picked up. A Living Card! Of course, I told him I’d love to be his valentine which brought a mile wide smile

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For the Children… all of us

October 31, 2012 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Halloween Parade, Ashland, Or. 2012 Doing fun things to delight children, like being an Autumn Fairy in a Halloween parade, can touch the inner child in big kids, too! Being creative, having fun…..what all inner and outer kids love to do!

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Crying Whimper Said It All

May 2, 2011 Connecting with Children 0 Comments

Last Friday morning I took some food over to a neighbor, Renae, who is a mother-in-waiting, hosting an occasional conctraction. She’s the loving Mom of Jayden, who turns 2 this week. Playing with Jayden on the floor, at his level, was a hoot. Balloons, hopping chick, drumming and more. I

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