Last weekend I was able to attend the Utah Early Childhood Conference. I went a couple of years ago and so I was excited to go again. I love learning about early childhood education and the keynote speaker was Kathy Hirsch-Pasek. I am currently reading her book (on the sidebar :). She was so great and talked about the importance of play which reminds me so much of when I was going to Utah State in the Early Childhood program. She gave us a few good quotes,
"Dream Big and Dare to Fail"
"How you learn is as important as what you learn"
"Play = Learning"
There is huge difference currently between what science and research show is good for children and what is really being practiced and marketed by companies who gain profit from parents buying their products.
I really enjoy and drink up all the information I can get about young children. I have always loved learning about how they think and why they do the things they do. I love talking about children and I am so lucky that right now I am able to teach others who also love children through Child Care Resource and Referral. But most of all, as I realized the other day that I left my job a year ago this Sunday, I am so glad I am able to play with Logan and stay home with him!