“When families are comfortable enough to talk and share with you, they value and understand the relationship that has been built between you and them”, stated Kim Swanson, program director and lead teacher for Migiziinsag (Little Eagles) after the Brazelton Touchpoints Training at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC). Brazelton Touchpoints is a practical approach for building strong-family-child relationships from before birth through the early years.
Boozhoo (Hello), from all of us here at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC). Fall is upon us and as the leaves begin to change colors we are making some changes as well. KBOCC has teamed up with our on-site Migiziinsag (Little Eagles) Great Start to Readiness Program to launch our Restorative Teachings Initiative entitled Abinoojiinh Waakaa’igan (A Child’s House).
Abinoojiinh Waakaa’igan is one classroom of 16 children who are 4 years of age. We have already started planning and implementing Ojibwemowin language and culture into the current curriculum. Our core curriculum is High Scope, it is supplemented with the lessons from Turtle Island.
NAEYC is one of the most recognized acronyms in the field of Early Childhood. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC hosts one of the most significant and well-attended conferences for educators, administrators and advocates in the early childhood field. Guess what? KBOCC’s Restorative Teaching Team had the opportunity to attend NAEYC’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California.