This week I had the pleasure of hearing one of my favorite early childhood experts/authors, Dan Gartrell, speak at the NAEYC professional learning institute. In this session he emphasized that “readiness is not a state of knowledge but a state of mind”. This is an excellent reminder for parents and teachers that preparing children forContinue reading “Readiness”


Adult: “Please hold my hand as we cross the street.”Child: “Why?”Adult: “So I can make sure you’re safe.”Child: “Why?”Adult: “Because that’s my job and I love you!”Child: “Why?” Adult: “Let’s get some bananas when we stop at the grocery store”Child: “why?”Adult: “So we have them as an option for breakfast or snacks”Child: “why?”Adult: “Because they’reContinue reading “Why?”