“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world a better place than you found it” -Marian Wright-Edelman
“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much”-Marian Wright-Edelman
“Teacher behavior is one of the major influences on a child’s development”-Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D.
“We know that teachers are the key to good childcare-and as long as teachers are undervalued, American children too, will keep getting less than they deserve”-Marcy Whitebook, Ph.D.
From the video “Interconnections, Part 2” there were two ladies that stood out to me, here is a quote from each of them, that I feel are very important statements.
“I owe families my best”-Renatta Cooper
“my passion has been evolving thru the years…it’s an ongoing process”-Leticia Lara
I always remember being close to my mom. She was a single parent, and I can understand how hard that was. She had to work a lot to make sure that we had a roof over our head, and food on the table. One thing that I will always remember is that I did not have to go without anything. She made so many sacrifices for my sister and me so that we could have the things that we wanted and needed. I also remember the stories that she would tell me when I was little. She use to make up wonderful stories and I loved them. We would snuggle together and she would tell me these stories. I feel that she taught me the importance of family and how to give to others. I always felt loved, and secure. My other passed away a couple of years ago on her birthday. I feel that today I was her to be proud of where I am, and the accomplishments that I have made. Many times I still wish that I could pick up the phone and talk to her.
My Grandma and Grandpa (Nadia and Clarence Gentzel)
When I was growing up I spend a lot of time with my mother’s parents. I also felt safe and enjoyed being at their home. My grandmother was a great cook, and my grandpa was always funny. I feel that they also taught me the importance of family and about respect for other people. My grandmother was also very crafty (I think I got that from her). My grandpa would always take me and my sister out on “special adventures”. I remember a time when I was little and my sister was learning how to play the organ. My grandparents went out and bought me some musical instruments too, so that I would not feel left out. I know that my grandparents helped my mom in many ways. Without them we would not have made it. My grandmother died when I was in my thirties and my grandpa died about 4 years ago. I feel that they would be proud of me, and that I have become the person that they would have wanted me to be. When I think about my own children and the things I do to help them, I think about my grandparents. My oldest daughter recently had to move back home after having a baby (my first granddaughter). I have been able to help her in ways in which they helped my mom.
My Aunt (Gloria)
I have always looked up to and loved my aunt. I thought she was the best thing since sliced bread. I used to love spending time with her. She would babysit us often, and I always had fun and felt loved and safe. She taught me to be myself. She was always caring, loving and patient (even when I had a thousand questions for her). I loved to watch her put on make-up and get ready to go out. She loved music and inspired the love that I have for it. I guess she always made me feel special because she would just be there for me. Today she is very encouraging, and tells me how proud she is of me.
Dawn (My “Big Sister”)
Dawn came into my life when I was about eight, she was my “big sister” and we always had fun together. She would cook with me, we would go fun places together and we would talk. I always felt that she enjoyed spending time with me, and that in many ways she was placed in my life when I needed her. I wish that I had some photographs of us together, but I don’t. I know that she cared about me, because she was invested in my life, and always made time to do things together. From her I learned about how to love others, and how to treat other’s with respect. I had always wished that I could have been involved in the big brothers/sisters program, but I never did. Today when I think about the relationships I am given with children I think about her.
One of the best parts of my job is the connections that I have with the children. Sometimes during the morning, when our preschool room is low on children, I am able to go to other rooms and let the teachers take potty breaks. I started doing “Round and Round The Garden, Goes the Teddy Bear” with the children as I would move to the different rooms to do potty breaks. Now when I go into the rooms all the children run up, hold out their hands, and point to their hand with their fingers. Some of the children even try to do it with me. I love these little rituals that build our relationships.
Written by : Linda Urban Illustrated by: Henry Cole
There are so many books that I love, it would be hard for me to pick a favorite. But “Mouse Was Mad” would have to be one of the books on the top of my list. This is a great book for us to help teach children how to manage their anger. In this book mouse learns to calm himself by being still and taking deep breaths.
As I was reading this book today, I realized what an important tool this is. As an Early Childhood Educator, I feel one of my main focuses is teaching children how to manage their emotions. When children feel angry, many times they will act out, but by showing and teaching them calming techniques, we can change the way they deal with hard emotions.
I suggest this book to anyone who work’s with children, it is awesome!
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”
– Chinese proverb