When I Grow up….

oopsy-daisy-when-i-grow-up-boys-2One of the questions that I was asked a lot and that we asked the children in the class was the all popular….

When you grow up, what do you want to be?

When we are young, our entire lives are ahead of us and there is a great big wold out there just waiting for us to dive in. But we, as adults, know the difficulty behind finding a job, getting a job, and keeping a job. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to find a job that we fall in love with. But most young adults entering into the work force is just not that lucky.

I have seen it time and time again over my 20 year tenure in the school system. Little Johnny has his big ideas, wide eyed, and ready to take on the world. He wants to be a Lawyer, a Doctor, or a Firefighter. But then he comes to visit me after high school and he is a tree care professional.

He seems a little disheartened when he tells me this. But you know what I say? I tell him, Little johnny….you go out there and you be the very BEST Pewaukee tree care professional the world (or Pewaukee in this case) has ever seen.

Why do we put such strong desires onto our children to be MORE than what they want to be. What if, when you asked your child what they want to be when they grow up, they say, I want to be a carpenter or a concrete professional? Would you be just as proud to tell your friends that your child wants to be a carpenter as you would if she told you she wanted to be a lawyer?

You see, through the years, I have seen it time and time again. The children in my class room come up with some of the craziest, most outlandish careers of what they want to be when they grow up. But then, they go home, tell their parents, and the parents laugh at them and tell them, “you REALLY don’t want to be a bug collector, no, you really want to be a doctor instead.” And these children have their dreams crushed and end up like Little Johnny who feels that him being a tree care professional is somehow not good enough. tumblr_lhnxxbpeob1qg0ps7o1_400

But it is!

It absolutely is!

So I say – ENCOURAGE your child when she tells you that she wants to be a baker or an artist. Do not put your lack of accomplishments and push them onto your child. Chances are, if you allow them to dream, they may just surprise you and become a doctor or a lawyer or a scientist that looks at bugs.

Who knows?

Just don’t squash their dreams, ok!

Why Parents Should Be Involved

parentingSchools want to find teachers making an extra effort to receive the parents involvement in their own child’s education. Teachers must find a way to teach every child who’s inside their classroom. Student teaching was difficult since I realized that teenagers don’t necessarily respect you (you need to earn it), they’re defiant, their behavior must be managed and you must engage them. Thus the reason that I never taught in the middle and high school grades!

Each year before school, your child’s IEP has to be updated. Granted, many parents don’t understand the advantages of getting involved in their own child’s learning. Parents have always had a specific right to modify schools if they felt that their child wasn’t receiving a suitable education. Besides education, parents also have to make sure that, the school they can be enrolling their children in, have some extracurricular activities.

In a classroom of two or three dozen students, teachers are able to usually spot a little one who is struggling or having trouble. In addition, teens who can’t attend for any reason can take part in online education (aka distance learning). Plenty of teachers that aren’t doing a superb job, actually do really care regarding their students. Almost always, there are many individuals working with your child, and all their input is valuable.being a parent

The child does not have any true choice not to buy in their parent’s plan for them, even when child doesn’t have any desire or some actual talent for the activity the parent is forcing them all to do. You have to actually listen to the child. Now I am not saying that you FORCE them into something nor am I saying that you let them quit just because it may get hard for the child. No, you need to actually LISTEN to them. Watch them. Talk with their teachers. If a child truly loves doing something, be it a sport or extracurricular activity, that child will tell everyone about it.

Babies aren’t babies forever (sniff!) Parents can create a difference.

With the current busy schedules between home, work, and school, it might feel the normal family has quite little time to provide. For even the top achieving Milwaukee Schools student will profit from parents working on homework with them. They might not know about what they’re doing, but kids are known to come up with a few pretty creative means of receiving their parents to stop arguing, even in case that it doesn’t work and makes matters worse in the procedure. You are able to meet with several other parents that are in the exact same boat as you as well as find support there.

Many parents nowadays are becoming stay-at-home parents as well as parents that home school their children.

The students who aren’t performing well in the normal classroom will generally get placed into a particular special education classroom. Ordinarily, these students could keep a healthy relationship by making use of their parents while gaining independence from living independently. The basic truth is, not everybody is thriving yet so the neighborhood schools still require support. Quaker boarding school specifically can give a nurturing environment for all these kids to allow them to bloom.

Why Do We Need Kindergarten?

start kindergartenI really like teaching kindergarten! Thus, I began teaching kindergarten with a huge hole in my repertoire. You may really jump start their learning with even a single year of the kindergarten that really pre-teaches. These can obviously be based on the age of your own kindergarten class along with your school’s curriculum.

It is significant that a kid learns early that the world does not and will not revolve around him or her alone, and it aids the child learn that we live in a multicultural society full of various different types of people. Kindergarten supplies a modest additional time away from the fantastic demands of childcare in order that parents may look after other essential features of family life, leading ultimately to benefits for the kid in question too. Enrolling a kid in kindergarten can likewise aid a child develop her or his social skills. I didn’t interview my child.

Evidently, games are formed to be fun in addition to educational, but how will you be sure they are having the desired effect for child. There are many other alternatives to a kindergarten however, like employing a nanny.

The genuine construction of the snowman by a crowd of children is quite a complicated task. This will provide your child an opportunity to bond by using their school and develop an awareness of belonging. The social exchanges that take place in kindergarten can permit a child to know how to interact effectively with several other children of the exact same age together with adults who aren’t family members. Permit the child fill within the blank.

If you’re interested in kindergarten games for your own child you will discover there is plenty of material available across the Internet. Just conduct some research to seek out suitable products on the internet buy them and begin teaching your child. Almost always, there are numerous individuals working with your child, and all their input is valuable. I spent lots of funds on several neat books, nonetheless they didn’t really fit with my loved ones.

Acknowledging that every child develops differently is essential to promoting reading success. Children can learn at a fast rate and want and must learn new details. Your child is, in addition, able to manage a lot of information for an amazing speed. Consider mixing up the letters and let your son or daughter arrange those in the proper order.kindergarten

Turning into a teacher is among the most rewarding and challenging things I’ve ever done. Each year before school, your child’s IEP should be updated. My lowest students are satisfied with each day. I didn’t take the standard college route after graduating high school.

Communication is essential in order to have a good school experience. This type of feedback is essential for parents, also it’s your job for a teacher to tell the truth, but we also want happy kids who want to come to school.

For the last several decades, increasingly more demands are placed on teachers and administrators to boost student achievement. The teacher’s role, therefore, was to become a guide as opposed to lecturer. It’s in these particular instances the skilled and trained character of kindergarten staff could be particularly useful in forming young minds. This time is essential for your own low students or students who aren’t confident readers.


Dealing with School Bullies

stop-bllysOne of my biggest complaints as a teacher was bullies. I absolutely hated to see a child being bullied. Unfortunately, it seems to be happening more and more in today’s society. As teachers, it is our job to recognize it and deal with it immediately!

All of the children are in our care for a period of time throughout the day and if I ever saw a teacher ‘look the other way’ at a bully because he / she did not want to ‘deal with it’, well, that was never ok in my book!

When I was in fifth grade, I had a fellow student who would sit behind ME and yanked my hair. I would turn and politely and tell this student to quit pulling my hair. She would laugh at me and then do it once more less than a second later.
There are all types of school bullies, from the innocent however hurtful words and remarks, to the violent hitting and punching. Once your child has a bully in school, one thing should be done.
What to do can depend upon each individual case.
Here are a few some suggestions.
If your kid has someone bothering them, then they can be asked to move to a different table or desk, away from the bully. There are times that the bully isn’t gong after one particular child, but any child that is nearby.  no bully
If your kid is being hurt in school, the teacher and principle need to know as soon as possible. Most teachers and schools have a solution in place to protect the child that is getting bullied. There are a few times that the teacher does not have a clue as to what is going on. But if the parent knows about it, it is the parents duty to let the teacher know immediately to prevent any further damage from being done.
If your kid is that the bully, you MUST stop it right away. No child, yours or anyone else, should EVER have to deal with a bully. Hopefully, as a parent, you can get to the bottom of the situation to figure out what is up with your child and why they feel a need to be a bully. Often times, we see a child is a bully because they are being bullied themselves by an older child or even by a parent. It is important to get to the bottom of what is causing it.