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Rabia Tredeau

Rabia Tredeau

Rabia Tredeau earned her BA in Early Childhood Education in 1975. As the oldest of six children and the neighborhood babysitter in the 1960s, playing with and serving children has been at the forefront of her life from a very young age. She is a parent of two grown daughters and a grandparent of a very lively 3-year old. She taught first and second grade in a rural elementary school in the 1970s; was the director and head teacher of a home schooling cooperative in the 1980s; facilitated a home-based playgroup in the 1990s; volunteered in a Howard Gardner multiple intelligences primary school in the 2000s; facilitated a “typical peer” classroom at a special-ed preschool in 2009-10; “taught” in the Infant Room at an early childhood education lab school in 2011-12. Her claim to fame is that she has read probably close to 10,000 books to children over the past 50 years.

[From the upcoming book, Your Child is Not Out to Get You, (working title)]

“How big is the moon?” four-year old Francis asks me. Resisting the impulse to give the “right” answer, I ask her, “What do you think?” “As big as the ocean, but rounder,” she replies. “Yes,” I concede. “You’re close. It’s very, very big.” My guess is that she is answering from her experience on a recent trip with her parents to the Pacific Ocean and has seen the vastness of that body of water. From her perspective, I want to support that “knowing” of interconnectedness, rather than offer her a linear response to that question. The Bauls of Bengal in India often express themselves in what they call “twilight language,” a speaking from the heart rather then the mind. I have experienced that young children, still innocent and connected to their heart/soul also talk that way when they trust the adults in their life won’t belittle them or correct their words.

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