One of the privileges of being an early childhood teacher is getting to know each child for the individual they are. We watch them, observing their interactions and relationships. We discover their interests, their likes and dislikes. We see how they respond to different activities and stimuli. We know which kids like to get super dirty and those who might freak out a little (or a lot) if a bug gets near them. We notice the little things and the big things. We notice them.
We noticed the little girl who would wiggle her toes until she fell asleep for nap. Nothing else would wiggle, just her toes as she would unwind for nap. Then they would stop and the teacher would know she was asleep. Or the little boy who would play with one car, rolling it across the rug or sending it freely across the hard floor, while he securely held a very specific back up car in his other hand. The back up car didn't get played with but everyday he would search out that little car and carry it around while he played. We also noticed the little girl who would cry if there were vegetables on her plate. She believed they were gross because, "they come out of the ground", her words. P.S. we have to serve a vegetable, they don't have to eat it but we have to serve it. You can imagine how we prepared ourselves for the cry that would come when we put her plate on the table. She outgrew it by the end of the year...sort of.
The point is, we enjoy learning about each child we care for. We get to know them on a personal level and it builds the relationships we have with them. The relationships don't stop with the children though. We want to know the families we are caring for as well. Likewise, we want the families to know us. So, today we wanted to share just a little something about ourselves. Because I bet you didn't know...
Mrs. Amanda-Favorite animals are skunks
Mrs. Valvet-Likes to be creative
Mrs. Kim-Enjoys singing
Mrs. Devvon-Went to 3 different high schools in one year-no she wasn't kicked out
Mrs. Megan-Is a real estate agent
Ms. Kimmy-Has 12 chickens at home
Ms. Emily-Loves plants, has several at home
Mrs. Alexis-Favorite vacation spot is Hawaii
Ms. Linda-Found a message in a bottle on a beach
Ms. Regan-Is a huge True Crime fan
Ms. Mallory-Her right big toe is bigger than all the others-her family teases her about it all the time.
Ms. Emma-Barrel races horses
Ms. Kyla-Likes the Chicago Cubs
Ms. Larkyn-Loves to dance
Ms. Raina-Loves baking
Mrs. Judy-Has gone parasailing
Mrs. Lindsay-Really into basketball and football-Go Blue!
Ms. Kierra-Is a twin
Ms. Liberty-Likes to eat hotdogs and maple syrup
Hope these little fun facts help you get to know us a bit more. Looking forward to the girls sharing their education, thoughts, and input through this blog as it continues to evolve.
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