It Truly takes a Village

Wikipedia defines village as ” a clustered human settlement or community, larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town, with a population ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand.”

I am looking at village as a support team that makes an impact and shapes the person in which we become.

When you step outside of your home and look at your community, what do you see? Think about the way you were raised and how your village played a major role in the person you are today. Your village may consist of the next door neighbor, a childhood friend or maybe the leader of the nearby religious facility. Each person has a village. Maybe your village consisted of a mother, father, grandparent and school teacher. Your definition of “village” could be different than your closest friend’s.

Beyond Normal Measures was derived from the idea of “The Village”. The goal of our organization is to be the change in our community that we would like to see. Too often, people complain about their community, the lack of resources, the missing pieces to their “perfect” puzzle. Well, there is no need to complain if you are not going to attempt to make a change. That’s like watching someone fall down and not offering assistance for the person to get back up. We can all make a change in our community, even if it’s a small one. Reflect on your own village, and remember ~The Village Matters.

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RELATIONSHIP REFLECTIONS

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No matter who we are and what we do, relationship play a major role in our lives. We encounter these relationships at home, work, and in various public settings. Some relationships are personal, while others may be strictly business. As we research the importance of partnering with parents, we must also take some time to look into ourselves.

Most of us build relationships based on our own personal views. Our circle of relations are normally built by experiences. These experiences are directly responsible for our thought process and actions. I think that all relationships are based on trust. We must trust that the person we are interacting with will not mislead us. This is the most challenging thing about maintaining relationships. Once trust is broken, it is really hard to rebuild it.

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I have many significant relationships. Most of them are with people but I also have a relationship with my dog Mango. She relies on me for personal things like food and water but she also relies on me for interaction. The most important relationship in my life is the one that I have with my children. It is important that I constantly interact with them so that they become productive adults. Our interaction may determine the relationships that they develop in the future. Ages 16, 13, and 5 years old, they are watching the relationships that I have in my life. I try to lead by example.

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Codes of Ethics

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Here are a few Codes of Ethics that are meaningful to me. The first are from NAEYC.

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“I-1.3—To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child.”

~Each child is a unique individual and should be treat in that manner. Lessons should be implemented in a way that various learning styles are addressed and children with learning disabilities are able to have their needs met.

“-2.5—To respect the dignity and preferences of each family and to make an effort to learn about its struc- ture, culture, language, customs, and beliefs.”

~We have an obligation to respect the diversity of the families that are enrolled in our programs.

Here are the ethical codes from the DEC that I found to be meaningful to my profession.

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  1. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PREPARATION

    “We shall continually be aware of issues challenging the field of early childhood special education and advocate for changes in laws, regulations, and policies leading to improved outcomes and services for young children with disabilities and their families.”

~ As professionals in the Early Childhood field, we have to stay up to date on the issues within the field. This will help improve our programs and will benefit the families that we serve.

Current Articles and Events

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We Can’t Predict the Future, But We Can Change the Way It Unfolds for Children in Poverty

Click the link below for more information on the article above.

Our Future

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The Huffington Post has several current articles that I found to be interesting and informational in the early childhood field.

Huffington Post – Early Childhood Education Articles

The Baltimore’s Child also publishes information that is beneficial to families of young children. Click the link below to experience this month’s edition.

Baltimore’s Child Current Edition

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Words of Inspiration and Motivation

Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D  – from the childcare sector of Early Childhood Education

  • was the director of accreditation and professional development for NAEYC
  • help revise statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) in Early Childhood Programs.

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Lillian Katz, Ph.D – from the Public Early Childhood Education sector of Early Childhood Educations

  • introduced the four Developmental Stages of Teaching and co- directed the project approach for learning.

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Frenchette Rosemond: “Everyone smiles in the same language”

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 “Everyone smiles in the same language.”

Children should be exposed to a positive atmosphere. Early Childhood Educators should use every opportunity as a time to teach. With this in mind, children create many of the opportunities throughout the course of the day. Answer questions at their eye level so that they are able to make eye contact and then smile. “You can light up a room just by smiling.”