Self Help- Teacher Tip Tuesday.

Self Help is a part of development that I continue to see falling at the waist side. With the rush of the world we live in parents don’t have the time to wait for children to dress themselves. This can be detrementil on so many levels. Self help skills really help children. It gives them pride, pride for achieving something. When a child wants to do something on their own, let them. It starts with them wanting to feed themselves. Children are often eager to feed themselves but because a lot of food is messy, parents tend to intervene. When a child feeds his/her self they are working on, fine motor skills, as mentioned here. It also helps with eye hand coordination.

Self help also includes when children go to the restroom. At the preschool age Teachers are not allowed to go in the restroom with children, but why would you want them to? children should have their privacy ( to an extent) when using the restroom. I have come across many children who can not pull their pants up or down and/or clean themselves properly. After having many conversations with parents they don’t realize that allow children to learn to use the bathroom and clean themselves ( with their supervision) can be helpful to them when they enter preschool.

Start small, make a plan and start with letting them pick out their clothing.  Teach them how to tell the difference from the front and the back. Then let them put on their underwear.  Once they master that you can move on to one item of clothing at a time. I say don’t do it all at once because it can be over whelming to some children.

” I did it”,  are some of the sweetest words to hear, children love when they concur something. instilling self confidence early on can be long lasting. Children love having the ability “to do”.  Allow them to do, it will pay off on so many levels at the end.

A Year in Georgia

It’s been a year since I’ve packed up a few things and moved out here to Georgia. If I say life was great I would not be speaking the truth. Transitioning from one state to another is not the easiest thing. Feeling the disconnect from the life one has lived for their entire life is a constant feeling, at least it has been for me so far.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Georgia and have no plans of moving back to New York, but change is very difficult. The area I live in (Lawrenceville) is different, different culture, different lifestyle, just different. It’s not a good or bad different, just a different to get accustomed to.

Making friends, finding a job, becoming acquainted it is all a work in progress. I miss my set of Friends. Making good friends is hard to do as I mentioned in a previous blog post Here. There are times i feel nostalgia when thinking about New York and I begin to miss simply hanging out with friends.

Finding solid ground as far as work has been a challenge for me. As much as I love what I do I think I will have to take my self back in the  public school system.  I am a preschool teacher and it is different ( to say the least) out here in my experience.

All in all if you’re anything like me. Change is hard. As hard as it is, making this move was one of the best decisions I have made and although it is indeed hard it was necessary and I do not regret it.

Outfit deets

Hat: Aldo

Pants:  Walmart

Booties; Justfab

Jacket: Amiclubwear – similar

Teacher Tip Tuesday

Hey all, A few may know but many may not but, I have been a Teacher for over 13 years. For the Majority of those years I have taught preschool. Along with being a preschool Teacher I tutor young children. In doing both, I have noticed some things that I felt I needed to share. Now let me start by saying I am no expert, in fact some of my beliefs may differ greatly from other experts, with that being said I will start with my first tip, a tip you may hear over, and over and over.

Strong fine motor skills:

A lot of people either don’t know about this or do not work on this. This goes for parents as well as educators. First thing first.

What are fine motor skills?

Fine Motor skills  are small movements — such as picking up small objects and holding a spoon — that use the small muscles of the fingers, toes, wrists, lips, and tongue. When I talk about fine motor skills on a preschool level I am talking about the small muscles in fingers and the movement of the wrists. Many children have very poor fine motor skills because they are not given the opportunity to use their hands as often as necessary. Strong fine motor skills help with coloring, writing, pulling on and off clothing and shoes, tying laces, buttoning and un buttoning.

How to help strengthen fine motor skills?

A lot of parents don’t want to hear this but messy play is great for strengthening fine motor skill.  Play dough is great for building these skills, finger painting is also something that will help with this.  Simple activities such as punching holes into a piece or cardboard and allowing the child to string through those holes, squeezing eye droppers full of water or paint on to paper, using tweezers ( plastic, child friendly tweezers) to pick up items, and  even allowing them to put rubber bands around a can ( can food) are great for fine motor skills. There are of course many more but these are some of my top Fine motor activities.

Friendships

Friendship is a huge deal for me. I don’t call just anyone my friend. It makes me cringe when some people just willy nilly throw around that word, there are people that call any and everyone their friends. Some people meet some one one day and the next they’re “besties”, then wonder why that friendship doesn’t last. Don’t get me wrong there are a few occasions where some ppl just click. They meet one day and they’re life long friends. I have a few of those. But even with those friends it wasn’t an overnight friendship.

I hold my friends close to my heart and I know my friends do the same. I would do anything for them and I know they would for me. I have lost a few friends during what I call growing pains. Losing friends is something that’s not easy. It’s worse than a breakup with a significant other in some aspects . With friends you share almost everything, your ups, your downs and depending on how long you’ve known them they know virtually everything about you.

Your friends speak the truth when you have lost your mind. They are brutally honest when you need them to be. They are the shoulder you lean on and that listening ear when you need to vent. I cherish my friendships, it hurts like hell when one of them ends.

Once the smoke has cleared I realize that as painful as the ending of friendships is, it is often for the best. Either interest have changes, support of one another has diminished, jealousy rears its ugly head or any other issues that can occur between people. things happen and people grow apart. It sucks but it is necessary at time. Keeping toxic people in your life simple because you’re “friends” makes no since.

I rather have a small group of great friends than a large group of ok friends. The older I get the less patience I have and the more weary I am about making new friends. The sad realization is not everyone has an interest in being a good friend. Some are only interested in having good friends.

Outfit deets:

Dress: Just fab

Shoes: Shoedazzle

Jacket: Ami Clubwear

Black Is The New Black.

I am not the type of girl that likes all black. For years I stayed far away from wearing all black. It just wasn’t my thing. When I was younger I stayed in all black. I wanted to hide, blend in, be invisible. Wearing all black most of the time helped me with that.

Lately I’ve had a love affair with wearing all black. I’ve found some great pieces that have made me rethink my disdain for wearing all black. Here is one of my latest looks. My look is from

Outfit deets:

Dress:Here

Shoes: Here