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!