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THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM WORKING WITH KIDS.

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Over the past few
years, I have been
spending a lot of
time around children.
These children are
either my cousins or
the kids I have been
working with throughout
my experiences
as a candidate for a
Master’s Degree in
Early Childhood Education.
And, throughout
these experiences
that I am gaining,
I am learning a lot
about young children.
More than I ever have
before because, well,
I wasn’t often around young children before.
One thing I have noticed is that kids are basically
tiny adults. And when I say this, I don’t mean that common
knowledge that they will grow up to be adults. I
mean they act like adults now. Of course, they have
that childlike innocence within them, that comes with
any child; but sometimes a child will be doing something
or say something
and I’ll just
think “you’re like
a tiny grown-up,
aren’t you?” And
what they do, could
be the simplest
thing. Pointing out
where the floor
needs to be swept
after lunch, pulling
some bikes out of
the way so there’s
a clear path for the
others to ride, convincing
a child to
share their toys…I
could go on.
I have also noticed
that children
are a lot smarter
than we give them
credit for, and more
capable than we can imagine. I am currently interning
at the College Of The Mainland’s Child Development
Lab School on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I
go in for four hours in the morning and observe the
classes. I have been doing observations the past
couple of weeks. I’m sure, once the teachers and students
recover from summer-mode and get back into
the swing of things, I’ll be able to participate more.
But I’m steering off track here. What I was starting to
say is that I intern at this lab school and, through the
process of observations I have been able to see the
class routine for three age levels and how the children
respond to the routine. The age of the children in
the older classrooms was between the ages of three
and five. And I have to say, I was so surprised and impressed
with how much they could do by themselves.
For example, the school has itself on a food program.
This means that the students are provided breakfast,
lunch and snack each day. They sit at a table, with
their teacher, and engage in what is known as a family
style meal. With this, they learn the etiquette of
proper meals: eating together, having quiet mealtime
conversations and waiting until everyone is finished
to leave the table. So, when the meal is actually done,
the students
are required
to put their
leftover food
in the ‘bucket’,
their trash in
the trash can
and wash their
hands. On my
first day, I assumed
that
the kids would
either forget to
put their stuff
away or need
help with handwashing.
Wow,
was I wrong.
As soon as the
teacher said “okay it’s time to clean up”, they were on
their feet and following the protocol for their requirements.
Children are also very self-aware. Well, I’m not sure
if self-aware is the right term, but it’s the best one I
can think of to sum up what I mean. And what I mean
is that kids know exactly what they want, what they
don’t want, and how to get their way. Of
course, as a teacher/adult figure it is my responsibility
is to make sure that the children
are sharing materials, playing nicely together
and not leaving anyone out. But, while I
am doing exactly this, I am also trying not
to show how surprised I am at how some of
the kids I have been around behave. Let me
give you an example, but keep in mind that
this is one of many examples.
I have a 3-year-old cousin who lives in The
Woodlands. I also have a 2-year-old cousin
who lives in Sugarland. They, too, are both
cousins. So they are the CUTEST children
in the world. Totally not being biased. Okay,
maybe I am. Anyways, I always enjoy spending
time with them because of all the antics
they get up to and the funny things they
say. I mean, they never fail to put a smile
on my face and they can make me laugh
even when I’m
having a hard
day. So we were
at the house in The Woodlands
and the cousin from
Sugarland was also there.
The three-year-old and
the two-year-old do not
get along. Actually, it’s
not that they don’t get
along, but I do know that
the three-year-old tends
to be very particular with
her stuff and doesn’t like
it when the two-year-old
comes to visit and she
has to share her stuff. So
on this particular day, the
three-year-old was asked
to share her toys. It took
the parents a long time to
get her to share her toys,
and when she did, she
made it difficult for the
other child to play with
them properly. For instance,
she has one of
those toy cars that you can sit in and push around
with a handle. So the two-year-old sat inside the car,
and the three-year-old decided to sit on top of the
car, so as to block the view of the other child. And, of
course, this was her childlike way of making it clear
that she wasn’t happy about sharing, so she was going
to make sure the other child decided that, next
time, it wasn’t worth the hassle. But then, fast forward
a few hours, and the two-year-old was eating a bowl
of cookies. The three-year-old went up to one of the
adults and said “you need to tell her to share, she
should always share.” I know I shouldn’t have, at least
not in front of the child, but I laughed. Because how
I saw it was: she didn’t want to share her toys and,
even when she did, she made sure the other child
wasn’t able to properly play with said toys. But when
it came to the other child sharing her cookies? That
was expected. Kids are hilarious.
So that’s it for this column. I really need to work
on my endings for this thing. I think I’m running out
of mojo and ideas. That’s why I come up with these
random stories. So if any of you have any topics
you would like me to talk about, please email me at
trishna@thepostnewspaper.net. Because I have no
more ideas and, honestly speaking, I’ll just come in
on tidbits writing day and just pull a topic out of thin
air. Like I did today. I mean, I normally use my real
life experiences to give me ideas, but what happens
when I run out of real life experiences? Hopefully I
don’t. But we’ll see.
Alright, now that’s the end.
PS: Depending on when you read this, I will be
about to take/in the middle of taking my certification
exam. This is a very important exam as I have to pass
it in order to be accepted into this new Master’s program
I want to get into. I am currently in my last semester
of my current Master’s Degree, but after conducting
lots of research, I decided that this second
Master’s will help me tremendously with my career
goals. So if you all could just keep me in your prayers
that I pass this exam tomorrow (if you’re reading on
Tuesday) or today (if you’re reading on Wednesday),
I’d really REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.
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