The following are important resources for our Current Parents of Googols of Learning.
The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC) announces that Amy Gottschamer was elected to a member-at-large for the KAEYC State Board for another 2-year-term. Gottschamer is the owner and Executive Director for Googols of Learning Child Development Center, a licensed child care center in Lawrence, Kansas. The at-large position is a two-year term, from 2018-2020.
Googols would like to announce that as of May 12th, 2018 Shanna Todd and Amy Gottschamer have both been awarded M.Ed. degrees in Early Childhood Education with specializations in Administration. After two-and-a-half years studying early childhood curriculum, theory, environment, special needs, community & family, observation & documentation, and qualitative research; and taking courses in human resource, finance, leadership, and mentoring, they were granted their M.Ed. degrees by Champlain College out of Burlington, VT. Please CLICK HERE for full Press Release.
As unpleasant as it sounds biting does occur in group environments. Predominantly seen in the toddler and twos classrooms, biting is used by children for a variety of reasons. For some it is due to frustration, others to anger, and still others due to physical changes such as teething. At Googols we like to try to work with the child and their family until they are through the phase. This too shall pass! It is very difficult to be the parent of the child being bitten. It is equally difficult to be the parent of a biting child. Some of the techniques we utilize are, separating one child from another particular child, 'shadowing' a child (keeping him or her next to a teacher all day), and of course, verbal discussion, such as 'teeth are not for biting', 'biting hurts', 'we need to use soft touches with our friends', and 'only food should go in our mouths'. Biting does appear to be a cyclical thing which may occur in a classroom for a period and then run its course.