Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

Exploring the concepts on early childhood studies through the lens of people across the globe

How to Ignite and Empower Children


Listen to Soulaima Gourani talk about how each and every member of a community can spark hope in the life of a child who has faced adversity. Many people decide to have a child even before they know what it takes to raise one. In a world where adversity and stressors are inevitable, how can we bring hope to the future generation. We, as adults can be one of the protective factors to develop resilience so that these children may still fare well in life even in the midst of challenges. As Soulaima notes, “be someone’s Ebbe.”

The Power of Play


Most times we forget how play is important in a child’s world. It is their window to learn and understand the world around them as they explore their environment, discover how things work, and make social connections.

“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.

And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.

My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,

I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,

I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

There’s a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?

G’bye, I’m going out to play!”
Shel Silverstein

Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/children


Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

4 thoughts on “How to Ignite and Empower Children

  1. Soulaima Gourani reminds us of the importance of our roles as early childhood educators. It is not our job to tell a child who they will not be or what they cannot do. We are put in our positions to uplift, educate, and help them conquer their obstacles, not create the obstacles. Pamela, I have truly enjoyed reading your discussion responses and posts. You are always early and very informative. I hope to see you again in a future class.

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  2. Pam,
    I want to thank you for all of your contributions to this course and noticable hard work over these past weeks. I enjoyed reading your discussions and responses, they were always detailed and thorough and brought great information to our class discussions. I look forward to working with you in the future and wish you the best of luck.
    Thnak you

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  3. Very powerful and inspiring video by Soulaima Gourani. I will definitely aim to be someone’s Ebbe. Pamela I want to take this time to thank you for always providing of wealth of knowledge through your posts, discussions and comments, I have truly enjoyed reading them. Best of luck as you continue your learning journey, I hope we will meet again along the way.


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  4. Pamela, I am so glad to have been in this couse and the foundations course together. I continue to be inspired by your experience and insights. I have learned a lot from you! Thank you for all that you contribute. I hope we meet again in future courses.


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