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2018 Art Auction

This year my home child care program and Faery Childcare collaborated to run an art auction with the little ones in our classes. The children worked so hard on their paintings and were so proud of their creations.



Together we raised $119 for KW Counselling! Even very small people can make a big difference in this world.
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Collaboration is a Recipe for Success

Sometimes collaboration with colleagues looks like planning an adventure together or bouncing ideas off of one another about program plans, child development, etc.

Other times it simply looks like friends gathering together to laugh and make delicious food 😊



Though the central focus of the visit was following a recipe to create a product our time working together offered opportunities to discuss different topics, share knowledge and learn new skills. D, for example, mastered using the garlic press!


Thank you Lesley and Keith for sharing your secret recipe for vegetarian ground round with us. I know the children at Red River Early Learning Centre will love tasting this new ingredient in some of our familiar recipes.

Home Child Care High/Scope Conference

Today I had an amazing opportunity to attend the Home Child Care High/Scope Conference hosted by the Region of Waterloo Home Child Care. I was thrilled to meet some educators I had previously only interacted with online.

Beginning with the Perry Preschool Study, [High/Scope] revolutionized early childhood education with a new approach to teaching and learning. Research-based and child-focused, the HighScope Curriculum uses active participatory learning and the plan-do-review process to achieve powerful, positive outcomes. (High/Scope
Lesley and I attended the workshop Building Authentic Relationships with Children 💕 in the morning.


There was a lot of really amazing content that discussed the importance of authentic relationships in early learning and care. It was really interesting to learn some new approaches to deepen conversations with children.


This video that the presenter shared moved me so much.


After lunch we attended two workshops. The first workshop of the afternoon focuse…

The Importance of Nature Play in Early Learning

Being a published writer has always been a goal of mine and recently my partner Ryan and I had the opportunity to write about something we are equally passionate about; the importance of nature play in early learning.
Working with Ryan to write this article was a great opportunity to collaborate with a professional outside of my own field as his background is in electronics. He has a brilliant mind and a unique perspective which has brought some wonderful and fresh ideas to not only this article but to our program when he joins us to play at Red River Early Learning Centre.

Please check out our article in the Holistic Parent Magazine at the link below:
https://issuu.com/theholisticparent/docs/13_thp_-_fall_2018_digital

Community of Practice: Leadership

Yesterday I attended an excellent discussion about leadership. It was so amazing to have an opportunity to collaborate with other professionals across the various sectors of care to explore the concept of what leadership means and how we as RECEs can take on a leadership role within our community of practice.


I took some time to evaluate ways that I have demonstrated leadership as a Registered Early Childhood Educator.

I am a resource for others to bounce around ideas, ask questions, and seek support.I am an excellent collaborator and have implemented lots of amazing things with the support of colleagues and other professionals.I recognize the accomplishments of others and I am excited to learn from them.I am committed and passionate about early learning and care. The most impactful moment during the table discussion for me was when Debbie Jones addressed the word "Just". When we say we are "just" early childhood educators it diminishes the importance of the work we…

Collaboration at Red River ELC

Collaboration takes learning beyond the walls of my program; it allows me to explore new and wonderful ideas with other educators as well as people in other professions. Developing partnerships with other professionals in our community has allowed me to implement a variety of new experiences and has really opened up some amazing new opportunities for the children at Red River as well as our friends in the community.

Grandpals, for example, is an ongoing project at Red River ELC. Intergenerational programming allows children to interact with elders and brings so much joy to our senior friends. We learn so much when we interact with our friends at the seniors home;
PatienceHistory and storiesCommunication and social-emotional skillsPositive attitudes towards aging

To set up our grandpals program I reached out to Jessica, who is the Recreation Manager at the Westhill and our Music and  Movement instructor Ms. Sherri. I also invited our friend Lesley and her littles from Faery Childcare to…