may have visited our booths at the Annual National Association for
Early Childhood Conference, (NAEYC) and at various early childhood
state conferences. We’ve been exhibiting for years.
When I first saw children in Reggio programs exploring light, color, and shadow on light boxes, I was captivated! The children seemed mesmerized. It occurred to me that a light box would be a I great addition to the “wonder center,” we keep in my family room for the grand children. I also wanted my college students to have access to one. After many DIY false starts and much research, we got the light just right and were able to eliminate the dark patches, streaks, and harsh glares found in so many other light boxes. We were not satisfied until our box was beautiful, sturdy and elegant. We believe that when children are invited to explore beautiful, natural materials a sense of wonder, aesthetic literacy, imagination, and creativity are nurtured.
Are Our Customers
I’ve been surprised at the diversity of our customer base: primary, pre-k, Infant/Toddler programs, Reggio, Head Start, as well as elementary science and art teachers. Teachers report that our light has a calming effect on some children, helping them to focus longer. Moreover, visually impaired children sometimes see print better with light behind it. We sell to museums, hospital playrooms, and physician’s waiting rooms, too. Our artist friends use the light to reveal patterns and color and nurture children’s aesthetic sense. The sand tray and light box combo are especially engaging.
I am a professor of child development at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. Some of my professional experiences include: Master Trainer, Virginia Quality, Head Start CLASS reviewer, consulting, writing training materials for Head Start, the Virginia Department of Social Services, and a variety of public and private school programs. I have served as president of the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE) and the Virginia Representative on the Board of the Southern Early Childhood Education Association, (SECA). I was awarded the Outstanding Service to Children of Virginia Award from the VAECE. The VAECE has nurtured and supported my development throughout my professional career and I never miss an opportunity to mingle and learn from its wonderful members.(VAECE) and
the Virginia Representative on the Board of the Southern Early
Childhood Education Association, (SECA).
My most cherished award is the Outstanding Service to Children
of Virginia Award from the VAECE. The VAECE has nurtured and
supported my development throughout my professional career and
I never miss an opportunity to mingle and learn from its wonderful