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I must admit that teaching was always a dream of mine. From the earliest that I can remember, I would line up my bed full of stuffed animals or my Barbie dolls and teach to my heart’s content. When I would spend the night at my cousin JoJo’s, we played school. I preferred being the teacher to the student!
I worked at a daycare center for a while when I was expecting my second daughter. They mainly had the children watching television or playing outside. The aspiring teacher that I was then, I took advantage of the bulletin boards I saw in the room I was assigned. I began putting up new bulletin boards regularly. I also started doing educational games and activities with the children. After I left, they started a fully running preschool for preschool-aged children.
I am a 61-year-old mom of 3. I have 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Just for a little background, besides being a mom, grandmom, and great grandmom. After 4 years of hard work, I graduated with my BA in Elementary Education with summa cum laude in grades K-8. And I did that with 3 children at home…one of whom was a two-year-old who thought he had to stay awake as long as mommy was up!
Planning and Crafting
With both of the above groups, it took lots of planning. Planning is one of the things I love to do! You plan lessons, stories, activities and of course crafts! Before one school year would be over, nap time would find my desk littered with ideas of what next year’s lesson plans would look like!
I have been taught that learning with our eyes helps us retain information, learning with our eyes and ears helps us retain more, and learning with all of our senses helps us remember the most. Not all of us are visual learners, not all are auditory, and not all are tactical. However, if you put them all together, you find that you will reach all children.
Crafting is a great way of reaching children as there are all types of sensory learning going on during the project. When you are actively participating in the project, it also increases learning. Hands-on activities make learning so much more fun than just regular rote learning! That even continues on through college!
Purpose of this blog
I originally started this blog as a celebration of holidays throughout the year. It did not really seem to be taking off like I had hoped it would. I knew I enjoyed the topic, but the more I thought about it, the more I decided that maybe the topic wasn’t something I was as passionate about as I should be. So I began thinking and thinking, trying to decide what was I truly passionate about?
I felt like I had lost my passion and was lost. Then I thought of teaching! The happiest I was in life was when I was teaching Kindergarten! There is nothing in the world that ignites that passion that to see the proverbial “light bulb” go off in a child’s eyes when they finally “get” what you are trying to teach them.
Even though I am now 61 and retired, I feel I still have so much to give to those who are beginning their journey or even continuing their journey of education little minds!
I hope you continue on this journey with me of sharing tips, ideas, and even printable worksheets for little ones!
Thanks for Celebrating with Teresa!