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Magic Words

Thoughts & Reflections

Baan Dek · Episode 128 – Magic Words Words are magic. Toddlers learn that when you combine sounds or gestures in a particular order, adults love it and you get what you want. We’re actually relieved when young children start communicating in words or in sign, because when they’re infants we’re all just guessing. We […]

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“What Did You Do Today?”

Thoughts & Reflections

 Baan Dek · Episode 127 – “What Did You Do Today?” “What did you do today?” This question has been asked by generations of adults at the end of their child’s day, and the answer is almost universally, “nothing.” There’s nothing wrong with this question! Unfortunately, there’s not even a “better” question that would […]

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Speaking For Children

Thoughts & Reflections

Baan Dek · Episode 126 – Speaking For Children As I’m writing this, there’s a baby fussing and I asked his mom, “does he know what he wants?” to which she replied, “no he has no idea.” When they’re tiny, no one has any idea of anything ever. They’re guessing, we’re guessing, it’s a roll […]

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Challenge is Essential

Thoughts & Reflections

Baan Dek · Episode 124 – Challenge is Essential If you’ve ever peeked into a Montessori classroom, you’ll see children working at various levels of intensity individually and in small groups. You’ll see children concentrating, and as classroom adults it’s our responsibility to protect that concentration. A young child’s work is completely process-oriented. To paraphrase […]

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Reactive to Responsive to Proactive

Thoughts & Reflections

 Baan Dek · Episode 123 – Reactive to Responsive to Proactive Maybe you’ve heard the phrase, “respond rather than react.” There’s a lot of work being done in childcare, parenting, education, and other child-advocacy circles — in addition to areas outside the child-centered sphere — about becoming trauma-informed, examining our own experiences and how […]

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