I’d like to thank Dr. Pickens for her support and encouragement through my first graduate-level course. I would also like to thank Lisa and Shawna for their comments and posts that exposed personal experiences and provided thoughtful responses to assignments.

As inundated as our districts have become with demanding standards, grueling curriculum, and needier children, it is essential to our children’s success that we remember that they are children and their childhood is short and it is precious.

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I love this quote. I think it is a perfect simile to the vast benefits of play to a child’s development.

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The following is a video clip of Rita Pierson and speaks to the importance of fostering relationships with children. Before we teach children, we must reach them on a personal, emotional, and relational level.


4 thoughts on “Appreciation

  1. Dear Renee,

    I really like two quotes and the video. And I agree that keep a positive relationship will benefit children’s development.

    Thanks and look forward to working with and learning for you in next course.



  2. Renee,
    Those are amazing quotes. I truly love them and live by them. Wow! that video clip. I was standing, cheering and crying all at the same time. My degree from Walden is going to be in Early Education, Teaching Adults Early Childhood. I strive to be able to share knowledge and articulate my passion for children and education half as well as she does.


  3. Renee,
    I want to thank you for your blog and discussion posts. I enjoyed reading what you wrote each week. I learned so much from you. Thank you for all of your responses to my posts. Your blog posts always gave me something to think about. Thanks for sharing. I hope we meet again in a future class. I know you will continue to make a real difference in the field of Early Childhood Education. Best of luck to you!


  4. Renee,

    Such a great post! Thank you for sharing that amazing video clip. That is truly how I feel. Thank you for such inspiring posts each week. You made class that much more enjoyable. I look forward to having you in future classes, till then, good luck:)


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