ATTENTION all preschool teachers!

Nancy Marie is teaching a four-part I Create What I Believe!(ICWIB) workshop for preschool teachers in Medford, Oregon. The training begins October 2, 2014 and is funded through the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Inclusive Child Care Program. See attached Flyer for details of this amazing opportunity to receive the ICWIB training for FREE. To…

Head Start Teachers’ Stories

Earlier this year, I had  the opportunity to teach the I Create What I Believe!(ICWIB) program to 22 wonderful Head Start teachers who teach at nine different schools in Shasta County, California. They did a remarkable job of adapting and implementing the program into their classrooms in a very short period of time.  They said…

Finding Your Rudder

When I was a teenager my father, a man of very few words, once said to me, “There is only one person in the world that you need to care about what they think of you—make sure you can look at them in the mirror every morning.” At the time, I thought he was telling…

We Have a Choice

There has been an explosion of research over the past decade that shows how important the first few years of a child’s life are in terms of social, emotional, and cognitive development. For many years, preschool and infant toddler care providers have focused on helping children compensate and overcome traumatic experiences and home life deficits.…

Searching for the Real Me

When I was growing up I can remember spending a lot of time trying to be someone I wasn’t. Every year; through junior high and high school I can remember creating a new image or persona before the beginning of school.  This was not just an image in my mind. I created new clothes, a…

Beginner’s Mind

As we step into a New Year, traditionally people make New Year’s resolutions. These might be about losing weight, exercising more, or pursuing an interest that never seemed to make the priority list.  Whatever the resolution, it really is about consciously choosing to approach life in a new way. This year I suggest a different…

Trapped in the Stone

Imagine how different your day or life might be if everyone you met saw your full potential and inspired and encouraged you to fulfill that potential instead of measuring you against some standard they held in their mind. Michelangelo has been quoted to say that inside every block of stone or marble dwells a beautiful…