Saturday, 26 October 2013

Thank you!

I just wanted to send out a quick thanks to each and every one of my classmates for their insight, words of wisdom, reflections, ideas and support over the last 8 weeks. Good luck to you all and thank you so much! 

Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth.
-Sir Ken Robinson Ph. D.
Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.
-Helen Keller
No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.
-Althea Gibson
 We may have all come on different ships, but we're all in the same boat now.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. 
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. 
-Margaret Meade

School Clip Art

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Examining Codes of Ethics

I-1.1—To be familiar with the knowledge base of early childhood care and education and to stay informed through continuing education and training.

After this week’s readings and media resource I reflected a great deal about the importance of staying informed in order to be an advocate within the early childhood field. It is crucial to stay current so that the needs of the children in our care are met. If we become stagnant in our positions it is the children and their families in our care who suffer.

I-1.5—To create and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions.
To me, this ideal is the very reason I am an early childhood educator. I realize the responsibility that is entrusted to me and strive to maintain a safe and healthy environment where my students feel safe and happy. I make every effort to foster the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of each of my student’s. I respect their individuality, interests and ensure that they feel valued and cared for.

I-1.8—To support the right of each child to play and learn in an inclusive environment that meets the needs of children with and without disabilities.

I ensure that all of my students are included in classroom activities and learning opportunities. I differentiate my instruction so that all learning styles are catered to and I ensure that my students have the equipment, resources and support that they need in order to be successful. 

Friday, 4 October 2013

Early Childhood Resources

Hello Everyone! Here are some great resources provided to me by Walden University. I have also added some of my own to the list and will continue to add more... Hope they help! 

§          NAEYC. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs serving children from birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on child abuse prevention. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on school readiness. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         NAEYC. (2009). Where we stand on responding to linguistic and cultural diversity. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         NAEYC. (2003). Early childhood curriculum, assessment, and program evaluation: Building an effective, accountable system in programs for children birth through age 8. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         NAEYC. (2009, April). Early childhood inclusion: A summary. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. (2010). Infant-toddler policy agenda. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§          FPG Child Development Institute. (2006, September). Evidence-based practice empowers early childhood professionals and families. (FPG Snapshot, No. 33). Retrieved May 26, 2010,from

§          Turnbull, A., Zuna, N., Hong, J. Y., Hu, X., Kyzar, K., Obremski, S., et al. (2010).  Knowledge-to-action guides. Teaching Exceptional Children, 42(3), 42-53.
§          Article: UNICEF (n.d.). Fact sheet: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Retrieved May 26, 2010, from

§         Websites:
§         World Forum Foundation
This link connects you to the mission statement of this organization. Make sure to watch the media segment on this webpage

§        World Organization for Early Childhood Education
Read about OMEP’s mission.

§         Association for Childhood Education International
Click on “Mission/Vision” and “Guiding Principles and Beliefs” and read these statements.

§         Selected Early Childhood Organizations
§           National Association for the Education of Young Children

§           The Division for Early Childhood

§           Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

§          WESTED

§            Harvard Education Letter

§            FPG Child Development Institute

§           Administration for Children and Families Headstart’s National Research Conference

§           HighScope

§           Children’s Defense Fund

§           Center for Child Care Workforce

§          Council for Exceptional Children

§           Institute for Women’s Policy Research

§           National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education

§            National Child Care Association

§           National Institute for Early Education Research

§            Pre[K]Now  now-328067

§             Voices for America’s Children

§             The Erikson Institute

     Here are some resources that I found interesting:
        Early Childhood News (2008). The Professional Resource for Teachers and Parents.   Excelligence Learning Corporation, All Rights Reserved.

  University of Toronto, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development. Retrieved from

 Young Minds: The Voice of Young People’s mental health and well being. Young Minds in    Schools- Supporting the Emotional Well Being of Children and Young People in Schools.    Retrieved from  achment