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Back to the Basics
Remember when you decided that you were going into the field of early childhood education? What drove you to choose this profession over the more lucrative or revered careers available? Did you ever expect that your passion for being a part of the process of children learning, exploring, and growing in his/her unique way would be challenged by a “show me the results” mentality? Our society is obsessed with measuring educational success by using a “one size fits all” approach. Early Childhood should be different. Let’s focus on the importance of the process, not just the product. I am not saying that helping a child become ready for the experience of Kindergarten is not helpful or that assessment is not necessary. I just want to focus on the basics. The foundation of early childhood education is that true development of a child is equally important in all five areas: Cognitive, Language, Social, Emotional and Physical. All of these aspects of development should be encouraged and assessed if a child is going to be successful in Kindergarten.
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The CDA – Child Development Associate credential — is a NATIONAL credential administered by the National CDA Council in Washington, DC. The CDA is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. The Council has several requirements for application for the CDA. One of those requirements is education. TECTA offers financial assistance for the classes that the National Council recognizes as meeting the educational requirement. These are 4 classes related to early childhood education: safe, healthy environments; curriculum for children; working with families and communities; and a practicum. We invite you to join us in pursuit of the CDA. If you have completed the 4 courses, you really should move towards applying for the CDA. Contact the TECTA office and let us assist you in preparing for application to the National Council. When you go through TECTA to work on your CDA, TECTA pays the application fee for the credential. Earning the CDA is a good way to reinforce your commitment to early childhood education. Over 300,000 have earned this prestigious national credential. Come on, become a CDA!!!!!!
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Back to the Basics Become a CDA Parents She Did It! Book Review Preschool For All Like Us 1
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“If Only I Didn’t Have To Work With Parents….”
How many times have we heard or actually said these words when referring to teaching young children? The fact is that if we didn’t have the parents, we wouldn’t have jobs in childcare. Communication is the key to building relationships with parents and yet many times we don’t even know or remember the names of both parents bringing children to our programs. We now have so many ways to communicate with our families there is really no excuse for us to give up and say things like “they are always in a hurry”, “they don’t read my notes”, or “they don’t sign-up for conferences”. I challenge each of you to try some of the suggestions below to start building a positive relationship with each of your families and see what happens. The children we teach depend on each of us to work together with families to provide the best learning environment possible. This means we must exchange information with parents and families as frequently as possible. *Learn the full names of parents, siblings, grandparents and those who pick up each child on a regular basis. *Use these names when addressing each person. *Make sure that everyone knows your name. Introduce yourself to new parents. If you can’t wear a nametag, post a picture of yourself outside of the classroom. *Write down at least one note about each child daily – something they enjoyed, a special playmate or special activity they experienced that day. Most children do not share this information at home and by sharing it we are building bonds with the child’s family. *Try alternative forms of communication and find out what works best for each family. (Notes, e-mails, texts, tweets, Face Book, phone calls or leave a message, faxes, pictures, mail, newsletters). *Set up a digital picture frame with pictures of classroom activities as a slideshow each day. *Invite parents to a conference with a special invitation . By establishing positive relationships, the parents are more likely to be responsive if a problem arises. Remember if a problem arises, it is a shared situation between those who care about what is best for the child. The most important thing is to NOT give up! There is no greater investment than that in the life of a child. ~ Lisa Walsh
She Did It...And You Can Too!
Rhonda Miles Motlow State Community College May 2013 Rhonda has been a part of the TECTA family for many years. She just graduated from MSCC with her Associate’s degree. After attending a 30 hour TECTA Orientation class, she decided that she wanted to continue to pursue her educational goals, so she set her mind to finish well. It took her 7 years to reach
her goal. She juggled being a wife, mom of two children (one with special needs), teacher and a student. We at TECTA are honored to be a part of Rhonda’s journey. When asked what TECTA means to her, she said, “For me, TECTA was a new beginning to a new chapter in my life.” As Rhonda turns yet another page in her story, we at TECTA cannot wait to see what lies ahead for her. Well done, Rhonda!
Book Review—The Play’s the Thing
Book Review: The Play’s the Thing – Teachers’ Roles in Children’s Play by Elizabeth Jones and Gretchen Reynolds. The Play’s the Thing is a great book for teachers of young children. It emphasizes the importance of play as the primary way young children learn, stressing that expectations created when early academics are imposed may create too much stress for young children. The authors say that the “book is child, such as what is the child learning through this activity. or finds strengths and weaknesses in each child, again setting up op-
Observations lead to further
portunities for new play and continaction on the part of the planner ued growth. The competent teacher and stage manager, as new activ- then communicates information to ities for play are planned. The
planner plans for play- including
dramatic play. The scribe writes down children’s words and displays them around the class-
parents and other involved adults. This book describes the various hats that teachers of young children wear over and over during the course of a day. The Play’s the Thing is an excellent resource for veteran and novice teachers interested in teaching young children the way they learn best - through play. ~Debbie Simpson
about paying attention to play” ( p. 18). The room. The mediator helps chilauthors discuss various roles that teachers dren find their own solutions to use when facilitating children’s play. These situations that arise in play, roles include: stage manager,observer, plan- without stopping or interrupting
ner, scribe, mediator, player, assessor, and the play. The player interacts communicator. The stage manager sets the with children in their play. The
stage and creates the environment for play, assessor reassures her/him self ensuring the correct spaces, time, and materials for play. The observer asks specific questions related to the progress of the through observations of children at play that children are truly learning through play. The asses-
Preschool For All
own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.” Hopefully, the dream of expanding highquality preschool to all children in America will come to fruition soon. If you support this idea, please let your legislators know that you agree with quality preschool for all. Let your voices be heard, so that children will have the best possible start in school. ~Angie Sexton
know this works. So let’s do what works…” ~President Obama
In February, President Obama addressed the nation and highlighted the need for funding to be focused on early childhood education. In his State of the Union, Obama stated, “In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children...studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their
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