g. kirklandholmes

g. kirklandholmes
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I am an early childhood educator and taught pre-school-kindergarten multi-age grouping classes and early childhood courses at the University of Northern Iowa. I also publish with expertscolumn.com
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During National Missing Children's Day, 2013, many recall of the changes that have occurred during the past thirty years after a missing child from thirty years ago received national attention. Thirty years ago when a child disappeared, was kidnapped or abducted, many regulations wer...
In acknowledging National Missing Children's Day, it's a sad time to reflect on. Remembering those innocent lives snatched away by tragedy seems more than a sane individual could bear. Seems scarey, cruel,senseless and rather cruel but it continues by the day, hour, minute, second int...
This is the fifth in a series of five on the national dilemma of medicating children. The focus in this series has been on educational settings. But there are children located in other environments such as juvenile detention centers, treatment programs (day and residential), mental he...
Parents cry out for help. Having feelings of confusion, lack of knowledge, uncertainty, wonderment, shock and belief in the current educational system have many parents whirling in circles. Being asked by professionals, educators and people who have regular contact with their children...
As major decisions are made about students in classrooms all over the United States, has anyone stopped to ask the children what do they think about taking medications? Did anyone stop to ask the children if they think medications could help them? Did anyone stop to ask the child...
How did we get to the stage in our educational system in the United States that we are leaning so heavily on medication as a key form of discipline? How is it that we have decided that such a high percentage of students need medications to help them learn? How is it that we have made...
This is Part I in a five part series on child behaviors in school mostly with the ending of the home environment. There are many questions today in our educational systems about what are some of the best practices for educating our children. Have times really changed such that even to...
Help children grow, develop and learn through use of creative hip hop songs and the accompanying body movements and actions! Help children learn many of the educational skills necessary to enhance reading readiness, math and other curricula areas. Making the songs realistic and meanin...
Use lots of finger plays on a daily basis to increase children's language developmental skills. Allow them the freedom to learn how to communicate with finger plays, finger poems, finger action songs and movements. Help them to improve eye-hand coordination and other reading readines...
Children often use the word, "why?" "Why cause?" "Why how?" They are curious about many happenings in life that adults are often not accustomed to. They often ask questions about things that we sometimes can not answer. Sometimes we just don't know how to answer some questions. Then t...
As history would have it, two sisters who are considered tennis stars in the United States took their raving and excelling skills to the Olympics, 2012 in London. Everyone around the world had their eyes on these two sisters to see if they would indeed stand their ground and win amon...
Someone once said that patience is a virtue. What exactly is patience? Is it something we learn? Is it something that we inherit from our parents? Is it something that some people have and some don't? Is patience the answer to many of life's problems. What about impatience? How is i...
Glued to the television, watching the sixteen year-old olympian gymnast- hoping that she could conquer this competition. Why? She is so young and so good! Oh yes, and she is an African American girl, first of the kind! If she went on to win, she would not only be recognized as a youn...
There are times in each of our lives when we must stop to think who is caring for the children? Who cares about the children? Who is responsible for the well-being of children? Who is responsible for teaching the children? When and where does a caring attitude of love and kindness beg...
The truth of the matter is as a teacher of children as young as infancy to twelve years of age, there are some things that children have said that are just beyond penning here. But I am going to recall just a few in this article. Some will seem hilarious while others may be painstaki...
Helping children read and write encouraging, motivating and enlightening poems can strengthen their self-esteem and self-confidence in life. Provide numerous opportunities and experiences for children to experience the unique empowerment of poetry, poems, the art of becoming a poet! ...
Do you really know when and how young children begin to write? When should we expose them to early writing experiences and opportunities? What materials and activities should we provide to enhance early writing and drawing experiences? What are some of the best places to motivate writ...
Ask a pre-school-kindergarten teacher who used the language experience approach with children ages 2 to 9 about a real-life approach to early literacy learning. While many advocate using workbooks, worksheets and many uncreative activities and materials, I propose the language experi...
Children all over the world participate in a sharing or show n' tell experience. While this is a very popular opportunity for those who participate, Early Childhood teachers still question and ponder over whether their precious classroom time should be used for this purpose. One teac...
Life is such a wonderful treasure with the finding out about the expectancy of a baby. Some females feel like they know ahead of time that they are expecting, while others are surprised. Lately, more females are doing home pregnancy testing. But the unique experiences of before, dur...
Take a little family time to get together and sing with your child! It' s just a cool way to go. It's great for the soul and the spirit of families getting together. There are many experiences that families share that are a part of cherished memories. But for generations children tel...
As we celebrate special days around the world, I was happy to know that Nelson Mandela Day is now one that is to be celebrated or recognized. The exact date throughout the world is July 18th. July 18, 2012 is the first time that I acknowledged it as a day of celebration. For me it is...
Kindness will take you a long way in life! Treat others the way that you would like to be treated! The people you meet on the way up, may be the same people you may need on your way back down. Doing right will be long remembered. Good deeds will be treasured in life. Those evil deeds...
Just say the word, "talent show" or we are going to share our talents! Amazingly the girls went wild with excitement. Eagerly, they began to focus on other girls' talents and not their own. They knew each other well, but mostly through their gifts and talents. To the amazement of the ...
There are some experiences in life that we call treasured. Treasured means that there are some specialties in life that impacted your life and can be so helpful in the lives of others. There is a certain amount of empathy that we must learn to share and experience in order to develop...
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