Hilltop's BlogBuilding on the Wonders of Childhood
Early Childhood Education can be a rebellious rock’n’roll career. Punk was founded on the belief that you should question everything, and that community is culture. The punk ethos flows pretty well with the values we have here at Hilltop.
Children naturally separate themselves from others from time to time. Some need space to focus, others need it to cool down, and some need it to recharge. Whatever the reason, it’s important to make sure that we are providing our kids with opportunities and resources to step away and chill, when the need arises.
Recently Hilltop Educators used our annual Day of Advocacy to support several organizations addressing social justice issues with diverse populations. One group partnered with Solid Ground, an organization working to fight poverty and undo the effects of institutionalized racism.
It may sound like a no-brainer, but the meat of reflective practice is asking yourself questions. If that doesn’t feel quite natural to you, imagine a three-year old living in your brain constantly asking “Why?”. Implementing a reflective practice means that everything is up for questioning.
How can we create classrooms and schools that offer an authentic childhood to the children who are spending their days with us? The children in our care only live their childhood once, and we are humbled by that responsibility.
What can we do to welcome new educators to our community, and to share our values, traditions, and expectations? How do we go beyond “here’s where we keep the bleach bottle” and engage new educators in thinking about our pedagogical beliefs and practices?
Working on your PD plans for next year? The Hilltop Discussion Series offers opportunities for interactive and engaging early learning training that is meant to be as practical, as it is inspiring and uplifting! With 8 events throughout the school year, including two full-day trainings with nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field.
Guiding children through conflict helps them cultivate ideas about fairness and equity, and deepens their feelings around identity, empathy, and emotional intelligence. We can all agree that there is huge value in this endeavor for children and adults alike. The big question that comes up is how and when to step in to help solve a conflict.