Posted: February 28th, 2014 | Author: Robin Schotter | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: excellence academy, master teacher | No Comments »
Excellence Academy Master Teacher Spotlight
||Dorman Preschool Center
|Classroom Age Group:
||Preschool (3-5 years old)
|Years of Teaching Experience:
|Years in the Excellence Academy:
|Highest Education Level Achieved:
||CDA (in progress)
|What is one of your favorite things about teaching young children?
|I love seeing children learn and discover new things. I love when they know something well enough to share their information with others.
|How has the Excellence Academy changed you, your classroom environment, your knowledge of early childhood development and your teaching practices and strategies?
|I have gone from being a “theme” teacher to a teacher who enjoys learning and discovering right along with the children. The Excellence Academy has provided us with materials and knowledge to enhance our environments. The idea of studies went from being “what?” to “wow!” I’ve seen the children’s excitement towards discovering new things grow. Their ability to retain information has increased. I enjoy the documentation process so much more than any form of assessment I’ve done previously. It is much more thorough and provides me with a better picture of how the children are progressing. It is the best experience I’ve had in early childhood in the 25 plus years that I’ve been involved with children, by far. It’s what I’ve been waiting for!
|Tell us about your family.
|I am married and have four children, three boys (28, 26, and 24 years old) and a 12 year old daughter. We moved to Kentucky from California nine years ago.
|What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?
|I love to trail ride. We have a herd of around 40 horses used for equine therapy at a horse camp across from my house. I love to spend time grooming, riding or just being with them.
|What would be impossible for you to give up?
|My family first, country living, fresh air, my dogs and the outdoors
|How do you want to be remembered?
|As someone who helped someone else feel less lonely in this world
Posted: September 27th, 2013 | Author: Kerri Baxter | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: activities, activity, childcare, children, curiosity, curriculum, development, early childhood, experiences, learning, nature, nutrition, plants, skills | No Comments »
National Gardening Association: Youth Garden Grants
The National Gardening Association (NGA), awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations throughout the U.S. with child-centered garden programs. Applicant schools and organizations must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Twenty programs will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids online store. Each program will also receive a tool package from Ames, plant starts from Bonnie Plants, and a seed donation from High Mowing Seeds. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, character education, and entrepreneurship in the United States. The application deadline is December 6, 2013. Application guidelines and forms are available on the NGA website. Click here for more information.
Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: Kerri Baxter | Filed under: News, Susan's Blog | Tags: activities, childcare, children, creative, early childhood, preschool, teachers, teaching | No Comments »
When you’re working with a group of children it can be a challenge to get their attention without sounding like a drill sergeant. Leah Davies M.Ed. has collected 25 great ideas that classroom teachers can use that are not only effective but fun! Here are the first 5:
1. Hold up your hand and say, “Give Me Five.” The children put their hands in the air and shout “five!” As they count down to one, they get progressively quieter until “one” is said in a whisper. Or, after saying, “Give me five,” everyone puts their hand in the air and counts loudly using their fingers from 1 to 5.
2. Teach the children that the five fingers on their right hand stand for the five things they must do when you hold up your hand. Say, “Give me five,” and wait until all the children hold up their hand. Then lead them in saying the five things together.
- Eyes — look
- Ears — listen
- Mouth — closed
- Hands — still
- Feet — quiet
Later when you say, “Give me five,” the children are to think of these five things and hold up their hand to show they are ready to listen.
3. Clap or tap in a pattern, for example, clap slowly twice and then clap fast three times. The students are to stop what they are doing and repeat the pattern. If necessary, do it again until all children have responded and are quiet. You may want to vary the pattern.
4. Shake a shaker, touch a wind chime, ring a bell, play quiet music or use any kind of sound maker as a signal for students to be attentive.
5. Raise your hand and stand still until the students are quiet. Or, raise your right hand and put the index finger of your left hand on your lips. The children are to do the same. Another idea is to hold up three fingers which is a silent signal for “Stop, look, listen.” Then wait until all the children have their three fingers up and are quiet.
Susan A. Vessels
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)