Oct 03, 2017

SEPARATION ANXIETY TIPS FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS

Separation anxiety is tough. You parents who are going through it are nodding, perhaps through tears. It’s so hard to leave your babies, especially if they are clinging onto you, not wanting you to leave. And even if you do…

Aug 05, 2017

Powerful words to say instead of “good job!”

When one of the students shares with me something they have made or done, my automatic response used to be to say, “good job!” But, I have learned there are far more valuable things we could be saying instead of…

Jul 17, 2017

Reasonable Risks

Children need daily opportunities to take reasonable risks and challenges in order to develop into strong and capable children. A reasonable risk is any action, activity, or behavior that starts with careful consideration and results in taking a leap toward…

Jul 16, 2017

3 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Draw More Often

3 WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO DRAW MORE OFTEN Children’s drawings are a useful tool when it comes to monitoring their development and getting an insight into what goes on in their little minds. While drawing and artwork is…

Jun 01, 2017

5 Steps to Help Encourage Your Kids to Love Nature

Do you ever worry that your children don’t seem to love being outdoors as much as they should? There’s so much to enjoy about nature, but in an age of gaming, virtual reality and relentless selfie-taking it can be hard…

May 23, 2017

This is what worked for me …

I, more than some people, know how hard it is to be a working mom. Being a single mom of 3 kiddos, ages 7, 3, and 3 months, is tough and exhausting. Between juggling homework, meal times, cleaning, baths, crazy…

Mar 03, 2017

READING WITH YOUR CHILD

Reading is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. Not only is it necessary for survival in the world of schools and (later on) universities, but in adult life as well. The ability to learn about new…

Jan 10, 2017

CREATIVE CURRICULUM:

The Creative Curriculum balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This curricula applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning…

Dec 01, 2016

Play based inspirations

For the longest time, I tried to figure out what “learning through play” meant. Some thoughts that ran through my head were: Is it structured? Does it involve planning? What is the role of the teacher or adult? Are children…

Oct 31, 2016

ABOUT ME

ABOUT AMANDA HOKE Hi. I’m Amanda, the creative mind behind this blog. Let’s get to know each other!   I love coffee, researching education curriculum, gardening, cooking, musicals, books, Jesus and my family. But not necessarily in that order. If…