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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Acknowledgments Over the years, I have read books and attended numerous conferences and workshops. Often I would go back to the classroom and try out the ideas and modify them to fit my teaching style. The activity became part of my repertoire, and I made it my own. I changed the focus to meet the needs of the children I was teaching at the time. I owe a debt of gratitude to the many people who originated the ideas and gave me the flexibility to adapt them to use with the children in my classes. I have been fortunate to have many mentors. They are too many to list, but to each of you I say thank you for giving me the strength, knowledge, and courage to forge ahead and try new avenues. You helped me hone the attributes to be a leader, and for this I am extremely grateful. You encour- aged me to succeed on every level I tried and let me know that I could expand my horizons even more. Thank you to the many people who aided me in completing this book. I am indebted to many lead- ers in the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children who gave me content suggestions, proofread the document, and pointed out errors in organization and grammar. I am grateful to my children and three grandchildren for letting me watch them grow and develop. These observations renewed my interest in and wonder at this process called learning. Thank you also to the staff mem- bers at Temple Emanu-El Early Learning Center in Sarasota, Florida, for giving me a place to initiate my ideas and to Dr. Bernard Maria, whose friend- ship, knowledge of brain development, and guid- ance I value. All have made my vision a reality! COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL