Two months ago, I began working as a preschool teacher.
Since college, I have taught a variety of students ranging from elementary to college-age. Regardless of any difficulties I experienced as a teacher, I have always felt that I was making a difference in my students’ lives. In turn, at the end of each semester or year, their accomplishments became proof that I was doing exactly what I needed to be doing. Teaching to change the world–little by little, better and better–a life philosophy.
Fast forward to today, and you will find me reading in front of my preschool students, helping them with arts and crafts, and working on their phonetics. While challenging, seeing my students’ smiling faces and excitement everyday makes my job not only worth it, but also the best.
If you follow the blog or personally know me, I am a lover of all things spine-tingling and creepy. When reading and working on future lesson plans, I try to find books suitable for my students that involve what I love, too. In general, the more interested and involved the teacher is, the more the student will follow suit.
Such is this case for Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy:
I read this book to my students last week. I’ve continued to read the book nearly everyday thereafter. They cannot get enough of it, and frankly, neither can I. They have even begun to memorize it, which makes reading the book all the more entertaining.
When I look back to my favorite childhood books, I think of…
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendac:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter:
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw:
Corduroy by Don Freeman:
Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer:
There are two things that hold a special place in my heart regarding my early education–Scholastic Book Fairs and the first teacher (Mrs. Brickman, grade 1), who supported my love for words with a never-ending supply of books. Thanks to Mrs. Brickman for changing my life, and helping me change others’ lives in return.