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Journal Entry

I haven't been on this blog in ages and actually written something. I check it every day and it's frustrating that I don't have anything to post on here. I decided to write about my experience thus far working with kids and as a teacher. I am not going to say it's easy it most definitely is not easy. If you choose to work with kids you really have to have the passion for it because as we all know teachers don't get paid enough for the work that they do. I worked with various different age groups at my center. I have also worked at different centers in my area as well, and all I can say is each experience I face is one that will have a great effect in my future plans working with kids. I love working with kids and my dream is do someday run my own daycare. Working as a teacher in a daycare center is challenging because you see a lot that most parents would never think of or expect to see at a daycare. Although my dream of running my own daycare may or may not happe…

Toddler Teacher - Entry 1

Here we go again a new class and a new beginning. Although I have to say I love this class because the kids are so funny without realizing it. They are silly and weird at the same time. I love and adore each one of them. The best feeling in the world (at work ) is when they greet me in the morning, every morning. My heart melts when I see them smile and laugh, all I want to do is give them hugs and kisses. I have never realized until recently how much I love kids and I'm ready for my own. I don't have kids yet but my hope is this year we will be pregnant. Being a teacher now in the toddler room has been very rewarding because at the same time I'm learning so much about them. I am also learning  how to make sure I am loving and consistent with what behaviors I accept and what I will not accept. On top of all of that I hug and kiss them at the end of the day when it's been a long day and I love it, because they make me happy. I've always loved kids, I think it's …

I CAN READ...

There is nothing more that I love to see than when children get excited because they believe they can read. Today for example during circle time I pulled out a book that they absolutely love for some reason and they have pretty much memorized it because I have read it so much. Every time I read this book I do it in a different way then the last time I read it . So this time I took out my teacher pointer and I asked the class if they knew what the book was called and as they said the title I followed along the words and then I told them I was surprised that they knew how to read. Now I do realize that they had memorized the title as well as all the words and that is okay, because to me they are now connecting the words to the story and the way the words are spelled. By time nap time rolled around all the kids were excited to grab a book and read before the lights turned off. I have been doing this for a while and they are pretty much used to my routine that after lunch once their cots…

Thrift store, Target and Dollar store Haul video

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This is my haul video of things I purchased this weekend, I had to quickly make a video so that I can show everyone what I found at dirt cheap prices at these three stores. I am also taking a few of the items to work tomorrow which I am excited about as well. I hope you like this video, Enjoy!

Teacher Haul Video Part 1

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These are a few items I recently purchased for my new PREK class which I have already taken over but this haul is really for the new Fall class that starts September 8th. It is so exciting to have my own class, that I can have the freedom to decorate and do what ever I want in it. I have been planning for my move since last month . I hope you can take ideas from this video and maybe you will be able to come up with your own activities using the items I have found. Please note however, you may not find these exact items, but keep these ideas in mind if you find something similar. I hope you enjoy.

Upcoming School Year

I am super thrilled that I will be getting a new class this upcoming fall term. I started as a Prek co-teacher and it was strange at first but still very exciting. I am sad to say that my previous co-teacher (the current Prek teacher) will be leaving us at the end of the month. The kids absolutely adore him, he too has been a great mentor and confidence booster in my first year of teaching. In fact when I started in his class, I was the one who suggested the star system, I was confused, unsure and not very confident in trying it and keeping up with it. He made it happen, amazed and proud of this accomplishment of our students earning stars and changing their behavior has been truly amazing. I guess the part where he gave me confidence is just watching how he took my idea and implemented it in the class with the students. I feel now I can use any idea I come up with, I just need to follow through with it. I have to also be honest the behavior chart in my current class, well lets just …

Classroom Rules

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Well this is my first summer using a curriculum book, it is so much easier than the fall curriculum but I still feel unorganized. When I first started as a preschool teacher I was so excited but taken back because there were no rules, and I struggled coming up with rules in my classroom especially because the year had already started. I was in the middle of transitions from the Pre-K to the preschool so it was confusing to say the least. I finally feel I have some handle on the rules and my class's behavior problems. Today  ended well when a parent said she liked the idea of my rules so much that she wanted to implement the same idea at home. When I first started working as a teacher at my center, I started a star chart in the Pre-K classroom, and my co-teacher at the time took over and it's been going on for nearly four or five months now and I am amazed and thrilled how well it worked. Of course my co- teacher did a little tweaking of his own by putting up pictures of each …