Explore The Possibilities

by Patricia Dischler Patricia Dischler is an author, professional speaker and consultant helping those who care for and about children to make a difference. Learn more at www.patriciadischler.com. Curiosity is intrinsically linked to problem solving. A quest for answers, a desire to find them, these skills come naturally to children, but often get lost over time as curriculums become filled with specific outcomes and remove the element of possibilities. In order to preserve a child’s capabilities for problem solving, teachers can foster an overall atmosphere for children that will encourage their questions and their sense for exploration. It begins by staying completely open to possibilities – in the children’s abilities

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Creating A Curriculum

by Patricia Dischler Patricia Dischler is an author, professional speaker and consultant helping those who care for and about children to make a difference. Learn more at www.patriciadischler.com. Creating a plan for the education and development of the children in your care can be both rewarding and daunting. As the stakes are raised in each state to provide the highest quality of care possible for today’s children we are asked to rise to this challenge and create effective curriculum. With choices ranging from prepackaged options to starting your own one lesson plan at a time it can be difficult to be sure you are on the right track. With the

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Choosing To Go To Holland

by Michele Fried “Welcome to Holland,” was written by Emily Pearl Kingsley many years ago in an effort to assist people who have learned the child they are parenting has a disability.  Though the poem focused on the topic of coming to view raising a child with a disability in a new light, the adapted poem below focuses on infertility and the unexpected feelings it brings and how adoption may end up being a richer and more rewarding path. When you’re planning to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. You may learn

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Identity

by Michele Fried In January of 2011, I was invited to take a look at the beautiful sanctuary in The Unitarian Universalist Church located on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York. It was the very first time I was there, yet it felt familiar to me. I mentioned this to the Reverend and added that it reminded me of churches I visited in Eastern Europe. When asked where specifically, I answered Hungary. It was then I learned that the Unitarian Universalist Church has roots in Hungary. Unitarians trace their roots back to Transylvania in the 1500s. The largest concentrations of Unitarians outside the United States are in Transylvania — now

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Being An Employee In The Adoption Field

by Michele Fried Working in adoption means so many different things to us. It means having the opportunity to be a part of a journey that is extremely intimate. It means connecting with many different people. It means having professional ethics and a deep understanding of people in general. It means that we are committed to assessing and evaluating ourselves and our own families and that is, and sometimes is not, a good thing! Being in the adoption field has allowed us to be better parents, or caretakers and surprisingly to develop a sense of humor. Maybe due to the stress and decades of gut-wrenching lack of sleep where many

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