Welcome to my blog! 😀
Before I start posting about Early Childhood Education I want to give a bit of background about me.
My name is Kayla and I am a toddler/preschool teacher in Sheridan, Wyoming. I am a huge coffee addict, Disney fan, and dog lover. I wish Wyoming wasn’t so far from Disney (land or world, I’m not picky!). Dogs are wonderful! I have a cute “little” yellow lab named Zeke (pictured below licking my face because I was trying to get a cute picture). My family is great, I have two nieces (5 and 2) and a little nephew born in October 2017.
I graduated from the University of Wyoming (Go Pokes!) with a degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood in May 2017. I student taught in a first grade classroom before graduating.
I also did an internship with a Childcare Education Center in Laramie that was a Reggio/Montessori based center. That is where I get quite a bit of my inspiration from. My class was a toddler group aging one and a half to three. Their preschool classes ranged three to five.
Coming home during the summer I worked at a daycare. I mainly helped with their four and five-year olds, but was also put with after school kids.
I am in no way an expert in Early Childhood, I just have a passion for it and want to share with others. Right now I am thinking that my posts will come from what I am doing with my kiddos at work as well as Early Childhood topics that I think parents and educators should remember when working with children. I’ll cover topics for ages 1-5…ish. Sometimes it might be closer to elementary and sometimes it might be closer to infants.
With the things I do with my kids at work I’ll be posting crafts, invitation ideas, lesson planning, toys we’ve been loving, and themes that I see coming out in our play.
I love the Reggio and Montessori way of teaching because I feel like I really have a chance to get to know each kiddo; their interests, dislikes, way of thinking, etc. I also love it because it puts me on the same level with the kids. I’m not there to dictate and supervise, I am there to help the kids learn and the best way to do that is to be on their level. Check out my post on my beliefs on children to read more about this.
I enjoy materials that make kids think about how to use them. Play food is great, but I also enjoy block play that can be whatever kids want it to be. There is more value in a toy that can be used different ways than a toy that is just one thing. But I can get into that in a different post. 🙂
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