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What’s on your Walls? 3 Charts that have Got to Go

When I walk into an early childhood classroom, I look for promising signs of play, like giant cardboard boxes, dress-ups clothes, and a bit of mess. What I often see are the Big Three: Behavior Charts, Calendars and Weather Charts. … Continue reading

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  1. Each post is a lesson in common sense to we parents and teachers. Interesting stuff. I’d never guess a weather chart is meaningless (or irrelevant) to a younger child. Makes sense though.


It’s Not a Choice

Our culture loves choice. Ever feel overwhelmed by it all? Go to the grocery store and there are 15 types of bread. Eighty types of snack food. In my grocery store, there must be at least 30 types of crackers … Continue reading

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  1. Heather – We need to cut kids some slack. I was 50 years old before I realized that, “Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing” (a choice).

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Yes, recognizing choices is tricky. Love your wise motto! Everyone should have it in a visible place for daily reminders.

  2. I have no kids, but I’m one of those who is more and more overwhelmed by choice, most notably at the grocery store, like Heather mentioned. I also see overwhelming choice in other areas: cars, movies, TV shows, internet websites and activities, restaurants, clothing, you name it, there are often too many choices to be manageable.

    That’s why I think there is a slight advantage to living in a small town. Choice is limited by geography if nothing else.


  3. Anne says:

    Hello Heather! I was wondering if you could recommend any pre-schools in or near traverse city, that are on the eco friendly side, if they even exist here? Do you know anything about the “Human Nature” school or the cooperative preschool?< I have been curious about your book for a while, will have to read it. Thanks!
    Will, check for response.

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Hmm…I’ve never observed at the Human Nature school, and I always think you should observe before judging a place. I have heard from a few families who enjoy it there. Waldorf schools tend to have a naturey side, and there are 1-2 small programs in TC and Benzie. The cooperative preschool does a good job with play but doesn’t particularly emphasize nature or get outside much. My all around favorite preschool in the area is the Leelanau Children’s Center in Leland and Northport. They get outside and have gardens and animals, and their commitment to free play is top notch. Enjoy the book!

  4. As always, very clearly explained and right on the money. Looking forward to sharing this with friends and family. Thanks!