Thursday, November 12, 2009

Learning, learning learning...


I unboxed my "teacher" things and made a Calendar Board. We do this little routine every morning. I hope it lasts a long time because the kids love it, and so do I. Right now it is pretty basic. But the possibilities are endless.

I've been reading books about educational methods and instruction again. Pedagogy. I like that word. Right now I'm in the classic, How Children Fail. It's fascinating to me, the study of teaching. I wonder if I will teach again. It feels like a hazy and distant possibility.

But I also remember ordering those letter magnets we are using on our board. It was my last year of teaching. I was pregnant. The idea that the baby I was carrying would actually USE them seemed like a hazy and distant possibility as well.

Today our PAT Educator (Parents As Teachers...do you use this program?) came. She had fun activities and gave all sorts of tips. But there is one I remember more than the others. She said that based on what she's seen, she thought Zach would do great in Kindergarten. But since he wasn't in preschool, maybe I could practice lining up with him. And maybe he could practice following me in a line.

I smiled. It was a good tip.

But my thoughts were swirling. My public school teacher brain said, "oh! how practical! how useful! and, how important!". And my mom brain was saying something more like, "I'm sorta glad that his first 5 years of life were spent line-less."

8 comments:

Jill Revell said...

so fun. i bet you were the best teacher! i need to invest in some learning things for my home too.

the boyd family said...

cute calendar! and a great idea. :) lucky kiddos to have a momma like you!

Nicole said...

You were a great teacher, Tara, and know in some way, you are still teaching every day! And I think it is just fine your five year old has been lineless.

PS - I have the same calendar packed up with all of my teacher things.

PPS - Thanks for the tip on Nell Hill's. ;)

Christy said...

how fun that you have all those supplies and what a good idea to put them to use with your kids.

Lora said...

Man I wish I could come be in your class.

I would love to pick your brain on some good reference books. I've always loved all that teaching stuff it's just the kids I think I would have problems with ;)

The Freestones said...

i totally cheated and put some decor up already...just a little bit...I HAVE BECOME WHAT I HATE! oh no! hey, i want to do the Longhorn thing...what's the website?

Isaura said...

so good to know that those "save them for later" things get used. i have lots of therapy toys taking up space in my garage...one day, one day. such a cute board, i bet your kids just soak it up. you're such a fun mom! :)

missy said...

I've thought about this so many times since I read this post. I love it. And whenever I come to your blog I feel that much more confident that Ave doesn't need even one year of preschool next year.