Saturday, December 17, 2011

Examining Codes of Ethics

Three ideals contained in the NAEYC and DEC code of ethics that are meaningful to me are: 

1. To recognize and respect the unique qualities, abilities, and potential of each child. This is significant to my professional life because I feel that every teacher has different qualities that makes them who they are in and out of the classroom. Effective teachers really care about the well-being of their students and should always love and care for their students, respect their qualities, abilities, and potential of each child. It's vital for teachers to realize that every child is different, they all have different learning styles, all come from different backgrounds and have different ways of being raised which affects their behavior, attitude, how they learn, etc. Children need to feel loved; children that are respected do feel loved.

2. To create and maintain safe and healthy settings that foster children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development and that respect their dignity and their contributions. This is ideal for my professional life because it's important that all children feel safe in their environment, especially their school environment. Students should feel comfortable in school because it's a place they attend five days a week and it's where they learn and meet other people. For some children, school is an outlet to get away from abuse, negativity, parents drug habits/alcoholism abandonment at home, etc. With that being said; it's our job as professional educators to make sure our students feel welcome and safe at school.

3.To support the right of each child to play and learn in an inclusive environment that meets the needs of children with and without disabilities. As an effective teacher I find it important to support the right of each of my students to play and learn in a comfortable, inclusive, safe environment that meets their needs weather they have disabilities or not. There are many different ways children can learn but a lot of children learn by playing. When children play they learn about themselves and their surroundings, they learn to solve problems and learn how to get along with others.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Course Resources

Required Resources:
Part 1: Position Statements and Influential Practices

Part 2: Global Support for Children’s Rights and Well-Being

Note: Explore the resources in Parts 3 and 4 in preparation for this week’s Application assignment.

Part 3: Selected Early Childhood Organizations

My personal Resources:
Nourot, P. (2007, May). Play in the early years: Key to school success. Retrieved from 

Messages for parents: Talking to children about diversity. (n.d.). Retrieved from|6|15|90&id=0|talking_to_children_about_diversity

Gonzalez, V. (2009, September 22). Young learners, diverse children: Celebrating diversity in early childhood. Retrieved from 

Positive discipline. (2000, April 20). Retrieved from


Quotations about education . (2011, September 05). Retrieved from 

Jay, T. (2008). When young children use profanity: How to handle cursing and name calling. Retrieved from 

Russell, K. (2009, October 14). Child abuse: when family courts get it wrong. Retrieved from 

Adams, M., Foorman, B., Lundberg, I., & Beeler, T. (2011). Phonemic awareness in young children. ReadingRockets, Retrieved from


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Words of Inspiration and Motivation


I have searched online for a countless number of hours searching for Ann Turnbull quotes but she just doesn’t have any! I did find a quote from one of her books titled “No Shame, No Fear” The quote from the book I found is:
"Don't cry. We won't be parted. I promise."

The synopsis of the book is “It is 1662, and England is reeling from the aftereffects of civil war, with its clashes of faith and culture. Susanna, a young Quaker girl, leaves her family to become a servant in town. Seventeen-year-old Will returns home after completing his studies to begin an apprenticeship arranged by his wealthy father. Susanna and Will meet and fall in love, but can their bond survive — no matter what? Theirs is a story that speaks across the centuries, telling of love and the fight to stay true to what is most important, in spite of parents, society, and even the law.” (Turnbull, 2004)
There were two University of Kansas researchers (Ann Turnbull being one of them) that did research on families who have children that are deaf and came to the conclusion that everyone in a family is affected by the child’s disability, not just the child. Ann Turnbull and her partner wrote a paper and in the paper she quotes a mother of a two year old. “"Here you bring home what you think is going to be a perfectly normal baby, and then you find out - wow, this child can't hear my voice. The whole family has to kind of give." ("Ku researchers examine," 2005)

Quotes from Lilian Katz include:

Of course children benefit from positive feedback. But praise and rewards are not the only methods of reinforcement. More emphasis should be place on appreciation—reinforcement related explicitly and directly to the content of the child's interest and efforts.” ("lilian g. katz," 2011)

“As you consider whether to move a child into formal academic training, remember that we want our children to do more than just learn how to read and write; we want them to learn in such a way that they become lifelong readers and writers. If we push our children to start learning these skills too far ahead of their own spontaneous interest and their capacity, we may sacrifice the long-range goal of having them enjoy such pursuits.” ("lilian g. katz," 2011)

“Experts generally agree that taking all opportunities to read books and other material aloud to children is the best preparation for their learning to read. The pleasures of being read to are far more likely to strengthen a child's desire to learn to read than are repetitions of sounds, alphabet drills, and deciphering uninteresting words.” ("lilian g. katz," 2011)

Quotes from professionals in the week two presentation video about passion, wisdom, motivation: 

Loiuse Derman Sparks: “As I grew up, I wanted to continue to be a teacher because I had a built in passion that it was important to make a real contribution to the world and fix all the injustices in the world and I wanted to do that through teaching.”

Sandy Escobido: “My passion really stems from my personal experience growing up. My Mom and Dad come from different countries. They came to this country looking for better job opportunities for them and for us. My parents involvement in my education really made me want to work in Early Childhood Education.” 

QUOTES ABOUT PASSION, MOTIVATION, and WISDOM that have meaning to me:
"Follow your passion, and success will follow you."  ~Terri Guillemets

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~Howard Thurman

"The years teach much which the days never knew."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer."  ~Author Unknown

"Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well."~ Aristotle

"By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand."
~Latin Proverb

Turnbull, A. (2004, September 9). No shame, no fear. Retrieved from

Ku researchers examine how family life is affected by children who are deaf . (2005). Retrieved from

lilian g. katz quotes. (2011). Retrieved from g. katz

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Personal Childhood Web

"You love her, you hate her, sometimes she's the last person you want to see but the first one you call for advice. That is the sea-saw of feelings between mothers and daughters." 
This is my Mother- (Beverly Ann) who was a Certified Nurses Aid by night and a stay at home Mom by day. Not only was she a Mother to my younger brother and I but she was also a foster Mom to several young children and eventually become an adoptive parent.  I could ask my Mom for anything and within reason she'd make sure I had it. I always had a very close-knit relationship with my Mom up until four years ago when I was forced to walk away from her. Let's just say that I am a daughter of a Mother who is struggling with drug addiction; that's just not something I choose to have in my life so I feel it was best to walk away. Although my Mom and I don't communicate or see each other, I know that my Mother loved me at one point in time. Growing up, I always felt loved by her and she always made me feel special. She always made sure we had a good meal on the table, always asked how my day at school was, was there when I needed help with something, but she wasn't the type of parent to accompany me on field trips or put me in a sport. As a child, I took her love for granted. Now that I'm an adult and no longer have it, I cherish what we once had now more then I ever have before. My Mom was far from perfect but was overall a good Mom until my teenage years and that's when she really changed. My mom has influenced me to want to be a better Mom then she ever was, to continue my education because I know she always thought I wouldn't, and to just be the best person I can be. My Mom is no longer a part of my life as she should be but even with that being said she has influenced me to not fall in her footsteps.

"Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad."  
This is my Father-( Daniel Lloyd). For as long as I can remember my Dad was always so hardworking. He was dedicated to taking care of his family and almost always had two jobs. He was married to my Mother for seventeen years before they divorced. During the time that my parents were married, they took a lot of children into their home and enjoyed being foster parents and later on ended up adopting a little boy. He has since re-married a wonderful woman who is now my Step Mom (Melody Elaine) She is really great! My Dad was good at teaching me how to work in the yard and how to play sports. (Kickball was my favorite!) No matter how often he worked I remember him always making time for me. He always included me in what he was doing weather it was something he did inside the house or something outside in the yard. My Dad and I have both had our share of good times and bad but we have a good father-daughter relationship and I love what we share even after everything we've been through. He's always there for me and he's always been special. I love him very much. My Dad has influenced me to be successful, to be happy with what I choose to do in life, and to make good decisions for me and my family. 
"Oh with all that I've done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve a hug every mornin'
And butterfly kisses at night."

(Lyrics from me and my Dad's song. We danced to"Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle at my wedding in 2008.)

"Those who have no grandparents lose very much." 
This is my Grandpa- (Theodore Williams) (My Dads biological Father) and in the picture with him is me. He was there on every single Holiday (Never missed any!) and always came to the house with gifts in his hands. If it was Easter he made sure to get me the prettiest Easter Basket he could find. If it was Christmas, he made sure to have several presents for me to open. He'd remind me that Santa stopped at his house and dropped off presents for me because I was a good girl! I always enjoyed my Grandpa's company on the Holiday's. With every visit, he'd bring me and my brother boxes of cracker jacks. It was a tradition every time he came over to our house. I always looked forward to the sticker that was in the inside. My Grandpa bought me my very first laptop when I was a teenager and to this day that still means so much to me. My Grandpa was very big on taking pictures of the family. He had several photo albums and cherished each one. He taught me how important it is to take pictures because one day that's all we'll have to look back on when our loved ones are no longer here. My Grandpa has influenced me to want to give to others. He has taught me that the little things in life are most important, not the big materialistic things. Family is most important! He always knew how to make me feel loved and important by doing the smallest things. He always encouraged me to do well in school and was just an all around wonderful Grandpa. Since then, my Grandpa has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and is currently in a nursing home hundreds of miles away from me in another state. He will forever hold a special place in my heart.

"Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child's growth as vitamins."  
This is my Grandpa- (Walter Lobotsky) (My Dad's Step Father) who was always so warm and welcoming. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. He had a big passion for planting and that is what he did for a living. I remember going to his house where there was a tree fort, visiting with his two dogs, and playing the piano. He'd come to our house very seldom but when he did it was always a good time. He'd bring us pumpkins before Halloween and loved spending time with me. He'd read to me before bed and always say goodnight in another language. (I can't remember what language!) My Grandpa Walter passed away several years ago when I was just a teenager but his memory is still alive. It seemed that no matter what was going on in his life he always had a smile on his face. My Grandpa has influenced me to smile even on days that are tough and to always put 110% into what I do.

"If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours but if they don't they never were." 

This is my best friend Ryan who I met in Elementary School. Not only is he my best friend but he is also my husband. We grew up together, rode the same school bus together, had some of the same classes together and even exchanged letters back and fourth in school. When I moved from New York to Florida when I was thirteen years old; Ryan and I kept in touch for several years before loosing contact. Years went by without any contact but I still thought about him everyday. One day I decided to try to find him on myspace and I did. He came to visit me where I was living in Florida and that's when we decided it was time to give ourselves a real chance at love. We fell in love with each other and got married on a cruise ship right off Clearwater beach on October 4, 2008. He always made me feel loved and special, even when we were several miles apart. He'd always make time to call me no matter how busy his day was. He'd write me long letters through the mail to remind me how much I meant to him. He always loved me and wasn't shy to show it. My husband has influenced me to be a great wife, to cherish my friendships, to be a wonderful Mother to our daughter, and has influenced me to be the most loving person I can be.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Coat of Many Colors

 Here is a current picture of myself:

Here I will discuss my favorite children's book and why I love it: 

Title: Coat of Many Colors
By: Dolly Parton
Illustrator: Judith Sutton

The book listed above is my favorite children's book. It speaks about a young girl who comes from a family who doesn't have much money; who lives in poverty. The young girls mother is given several different colored rags/scraps. Instead of throwing the rags away, the Mother decides to sew her daughter a coat with them. The young girl goes to school in her new coat that her Mother made her but she is laughed at and ridiculed. The young girl gives the children at school who laughed at her a lesson about what it means to be rich. (She didn't have to have money to feel rich, just knowing that her mother made her a coat and it was made with love was good enough for her.)

A quote from the book:
"And although we had no money,
I was rich as I could be,
In my coat of many colors,
That Mama made for me."

I'm sure the girl was hurt and angry considering that she was teased but what was more important to her was the coat that her Mama took the time to make for her. She felt loved by her Mother and because she knew she had her Mothers love, she considered herself rich. Sometimes love is just enough to pull someone through! It really does make a difference!

I love this book for many reasons. I adore Dolly Parton as a person, an actress, and a singer. She has done so many wonderful things for children and for families. She has her own theme park, her own line of beautiful wigs, she has written several books, has her own literacy program where she sends children one free book a month from her " Dolly Partons Imagination Library." She is just an all around wonderful person. I love that Dolly writes the book about herself. I also love how she ensures to let her audience know that you don't need money to feel rich but rather having someone love you and feeling loved by family makes you richer then having money. It's a good message for children who aren't very appreciative. It's a good eye opener for children who come from families that don't have a lot of money.

 A quote that is meaningful to me:

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, how much was in it, the sort of house that I lived in, or the kind of car that I drove.....but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
-Written by: Forest E. Witcraft-