Samuel Broaden has been working in the Early Childhood Education field for over 15 years. In this time, he has worked in center-based child care as a teacher and a Center Director. He most recently was working for the Resource and Referral agency in Sacramento County supporting providers in both center-based and family child care homes in enhancing the quality of their programs. Samuel is very passionate about working with and supporting young children and their families. He believes in the importance of nature, play and child-directed learning to the development of each child. He works hard to help support everyone who works with young children to help create more supportive and trusting early learning environments. His work is centered around the idea that we should be the person we needed when we were younger for the children that we work with and that children deserve to be heard and trusted and given the space to discover who they truly are in relation to themselves and the world around them-without judgement.
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Cozy for Winter, Ready for “Sing!” {Sponsored by Xfinity}

It is getting cold again here in the PNW… and I love it! It’s time for my favorite part of the season: building a fire. The smell of it, the way it glows, and...
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From a Preschool Teacher :: What to Look For (or Steer Clear of) in...

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Why? Because I Said So?

So often, whether you are a teacher, a parent, or both, you will no doubt hear the words, "But why?" from your children - especially when you are telling them to do something. And...
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What Beverly Cleary Meant to Me

Growing up, I loved reading. My mother was always reading and made sure that I grew up with that same excitement. One of my favorite authors when I was a child (and now too,...
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Children and Apologies: An Important Conversation

Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or caregiver, I can almost guarantee there have been times that you may have lost your temper with your children. Perhaps, even more than once, in a...
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Weapon Play: How to Address It

We all know the scene: our children are running around pointing sticks or Nerf guns at each other shooting, attacking, and killing each other and then celebrating and rejoicing in their victory. For many...
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New and Fun Ways to Engage Your Child at Home: Projects!

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New and Fun Ways to Engage with Your Child: Let’s Go Outside!

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New and Fun Ways to Engage with Your Child at Home: Let’s Get Cooking!

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