The Preschoolers Have Won My Heart

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One of the reasons I’ve been so absent from my blog lately is that I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and I have been doing some of my student teaching in a preschool classroom. This semester I am in the classroom nine hours a week and then next semester it’ll be twenty hours a week. I have been at my field site for nearly two months now and I absolutely love it. The children are the sweetest and have won my heart. Each week I find myself looking forward to the days I get to come in a work with these wonderful children and excited to see them grow and develop right before my eyes. I’ve become so attached to this class that I am not sure I would want to leave them at the end of the semester. There’s a chance I’ll be placed there again next semester, but even so, that will be a month or so break in between that I will miss them! 

 

So anyways, children are the best and we can learn as much from them as they can learn from us (personally, I think we learn more from them), and they are also the reason I have been behind on writing my blog. But I think that they are a good reason to be behind. 🙂 

 

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand Progress

I’m getting closer and closer to hosting my Alex’s Lemonade Stand Event. I have the location and the dates officially confirmed and I have completed the online donation page I can post the link for on fliers or any other place. Now comes the hard work. The shopping for the many ingredients I need in order to make the different kinds of baked goods and of course–lemonade. It is an Alex’s Lemonade Stand and all. I’m planning on making fliers and give them out throughout my neighborhood and I’ve already created an event on Facebook to help spread the word for my stand. I’m hoping it’ll be a success this year, it has been previous years and it all goes to a great cause.
I’m getting so excited for it, too. I even have a widget on the right side of my blog counting down the days. There’s twenty days until the first day of the stand, in case you were wondering.
So for now I prepare for baking, making lists and purchasing ingredients and then I’ll be on to the next step…the baking!

Day Fourteen: Do I have siblings? Talk about them.

Why yes, I do have siblings. Two of them in fact. I have a younger brother named Alex and an older brother named Jonathan.

Alex is eighteen years old and is about to go off to college in a few weeks. He is going to he same university that I go to, except he is going to live on campus, whereas I commute from home. Alex is super smart and is majoring in performing arts. He loves to act, edit videos and movies, write plays and movies and whatever else he wants to write about and he can direct. At age eighteen he has already accomplished a lot. He’s also very funny, whether he is doing a comedy routine or just making conversation (or tweeting).

Jonathan is twenty eight and awesome. He’s very sweet and caring and makes my day when he gives me a big hug when he sees me. He lives on his own and I don’t see him too often, and need to go visit him much more often. He works hard at his job and loves things like the original marvel comic books and other original characters and stories. He makes me laugh and I love that he’s not afraid to be himself and has the sweetest personality.

The Joy of Reading

This isn’t anything new for me to proclaim, or anything I’ve recently discovered but it still holds the same excitement as a new discovery, a new adventure that I have stumbled on. And that is, I love books. I love the feel of anticipation and eagerness I get when I first open a book and start the first page, as I have no idea where this book may take me and who I’ll meet along the way. I love delving in deeper and deeper and growing attached to the characters as if they are dear friends and possibly family. I love the feel of the pages as I quickly turn them to find out what the next page unveils. I love that it is a key to another world, another perspective and another adventure each time I pick it up. I love how quickly my reading pace speeds up as I near the end of the book and I am so excited to see how it ends, I can hardly stand it. I love how even when the book is finished, I still think of it days afterwards, sometimes months afterwards and it’s like a secret between the author and I (and anyone else who has read it) because only they will understand the lives of the characters and the references from their life stories. What I do not love about reading is that I miss the characters and their story when I have finished reading the book and it’s like a friend of mine left town and won’t be back for a while.

Reading is such a magical experience that brings you into a new adventure, a new experience and gives you a countless amount of joy.

Day Five: A Book I Love

I have mixed feelings about this post. On one hand, I got super excited since it’s asking me about books. And I LOVE books. LOVE in bold and capital letters because that’s how much I love them. So of course when asked about them I get all giddy and overly-excited. But then, on the other hand I now have to pick the book I love the most. I LOVE so many books and I think it would be unfair to choose one. I may even cry. Okay, no I won’t, but I’ll sit and ponder for quite a while and grimace under the stress of such a decision. 

        Okay, I think I have it. Drum roll please. A book that I love is Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf. Why? Because first of all, any book Jodi Picoult writes is a winner, and secondly, I read that book months and months ago and I still am thinking about it. In my book, if I still ponder over a book months later, then it’s a pretty darn good one at that. The book is about a guy, a father, who dedicates his life to wolves he keeps fenced in a field and also the ones he lived with for a year in the wild. And she captures the essence of the wolves so magnificently that you feel like you know the wolves, yourself. I feel like I’ve become an expert just as her character has and refer back to the wolves routines and language as I go about my day. But the man dedicated so much of his life to his wolves, that he has pushed aside his family and lost family members because of it. And now the family has to figure out what is best for him when he and his daughter get in a terrible accident. Anyway, it’s a great book that I LOVE and would definitely read over and over again. 

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Day One: Five Ways to Win My Heart

1. Hm, well one way to win my heart would be to show up with a cup of yummy coffee. I would love you forever, I think.

2. Be Kind- be kind to others and yourself. Have you ever read: ? (Image from http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com ). It’s a good one and has the exact meaning of my number two way to win my heart. If you haven’t read it, it’s just like the title says, the “Golden Rule”  …treat others how you want to be treated.

3. Laugh- Laugh when you’re happy, laugh at yourself, laugh with me (not at me :P). Have a sense of humor, and remind me to have one too, sometimes I can be too serious. And need a kind reminder to lighten up. Smile.

4. Be Inspired- follow your passion, work towards a goal, anything that suits your fancy. Just be motivated. Share your excitement in your adventure and I’ll share with you, mine.

5. Be Accepting and Respectful- be understanding of different perspectives and respect opinions, as I’ll do the same. Doesn’t mean you can’t disagree, because that’s life, everyone disagrees with something, if they didn’t, there wouldn’t be much variety in this world. It just means that disagreements are done respectfully.

“What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up?”

I hate that question. Why? You might ask. Well because you already are and not going to be. When someone asks that, it’s normally addressed to a child in conversation and that person is wording that question that way in particular because that’s how they always have heard that question phrased, most likely. But when you look at the actual meaning of that question you will see that it is making the assumption that they are not currently something. That at the stage they are at right now they are not a complete person, with a complete personality and desires and one with their own talents and beliefs. Children are growing people who continue to learn everyday just as everyone does but they are so much more than that. Children are spectacular and are talented and brilliant and hard working human beings and so are adults who, if they weren’t something spectacular as children they wouldn’t be such as adults. A child’s innocence and honesty about the world gives them more room to imagine, create and wonder of the world and be open to many things we wouldn’t think of doing because of the boundaries we have set over the years we have lived. What I am saying in this whole paragraph of ramblings is that children aren’t going to be someone, they already are someone, they just happen to be younger than we are.

When you are talking to a child and want to ask what their career ideas for the future are, check your wording of “what are you going to be when you grow up?” because children need to know that they are something already and that as they get older and continue to learn, they build on that something and are continually getting to know what they are all about, and that is something you never stop doing, even if you are a century old. If children know they are someone, they may gain more respect for themselves and others and treat others and themselves better.

We just need to lead by example.