This week's question: The parents in my program want to pay me only when their child is here. Its costing ME to run my program this way. What should I do?
Messy play is an important and large part of our program. Much of our day incorporates sensory play, whether its digging in the sand pit, scooping and pouring water, making mud pies, or squishing cool paint in between our fingers.
A few of the girls have recently begun a new game called “Huggies”. They run up to each other and ask “Huggie?” and as they wrap their arms around each other, they fall down to the ground. While the boys tend to want to wrestle and roughhouse without much of a “theme” needed, they’ve joined the girls in this game.
The physiological needs of the children should be at the very core of what you do. Food, water, movement, and rest are the priority. Feeling safe, secure, and knowing they are loved and cared for are equally important.
In our program, we use a play-based child led curriculum backed by current research and is developmentally appropriate, emergent, and inspired by the children’s interests.
This week's question: How do you set up your environment?
Over 20 years ago, I planned a romantic night with my wife, Tasha, that taught me something about relationships and early learning lesson planning. Watch the video to hear the story. https://vimeo.com/362164465
Me: Can you tell me why you are interested in this position? What drew you to apply? Candidate: Oh, I just love kids. Me: Oh really? Can you tell me what that looks like for you, your love for kids? What do you mean when you say you ‘love kids?’ **Crickets chirp** I can’t tell … Continue reading “I Just Really Love Kids”
Hopefully you are here because you already know that children learn best through play. Your next thought might be, ‘What is my role as a childhood educator then if children are supposed to learn from playing?’