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Early childhood education has been my life for over 30 years. I have taught all age groups from infants to 5-year-olds. I was a director for five years in the 1980s, but I returned to the classroom 22 years ago. My passion is watching the ways children explore and discover their world. In the classroom, everything starts with the reciprocal relationships between adults and children and between the children themselves. With that in mind, I plan and set up activities. But that is just the beginning. What actually happens is a flow that includes my efforts to invite, respond and support children's interface with those activities and with others in the room. Oh yeh, and along the way, the children change the activities to suit their own inventiveness and creativity. Now the processes become reciprocal with the children doing the inviting, responding and supporting. Young children are the best learners and teachers. I am truly fortunate to be a part of their journey.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Many of the bloggers I follow are posting their top 10.  I am a bit of a rebel, so I naturally resist.  (I have been a man in EC for over 30 years, so there must be something odd about me.)  Instead of a top 10, I would like to send a year-end thank you.

First of all, I would like to thank all who follow me and encourage me with your attention and your comments.  This would be impossible to do in a void.

Second, I would like to thank the bloggers whose mere mention sends scads of people my way.   The list is not complete because I do not really understand how the referring statistics work.  With that said and in no particular order, I would like to thank:

Luisa at:  http://ahortaencantada.blogspot.com/
Maureen at:  http://strongstart.blogspot.com/
Rose at:  http://embracinglife-rose.blogspot.com/
Deborah at:  http://www.teachpreschool.org/
Amy at:   http://www.childcentralstation.com/
Michelle at:  http://kozykidslc.blogspot.com/
Sheryl at:   http://teaching2and3yearolds.blogspot.com/
Jill at:  http://amomwithalessonplan.com/about/
the west coast Teacher Tom at: http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/

That is only 9, so the last thank you is to those who did not fit in the referring statistics of blogspot.  For the most part, I think you know who you are because I follow your blogs and take encouragement and inspiration from you.

Thank you,



  1. Happy new year Tom. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations in 2012 :)

  2. Cathy, how did you fly under my radar? No more. Tom

  3. Happy New Year Tom!
    I appreciate your work very much. I already used some of your ideias with my kids.

  4. Thank you, too, Tom for providing one of the most interesting and original pre-school blogs. All the best for 2012.

  5. Happy New Year Tom!! Thank you, too, for sparking the creativity in me!! I love reading all your posts, past and present. I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2012!!