So the focus this year for me has been the business end of daycare. I’ve been attending so many trainings. One which I thing completely turned things around for me was Tom Copeland’s business training. If he ever comes to your city please attend, it is completely worth it. His blogs are great too.
As far as the classroom goes, it’s amazing. I haven’t had the same amount of time to blog about all my activities b/c I’m taking some online classes with a Spanish program for infant and fodder called BEECH.
I plan to take some videos of my daily schedule. Basically mini clips of the thinks we do throughout the day
Yesterday our pastor preached about why it’s good to have faith. the answer was very simple…it pleases God.
When I began my daycare I worried about everything…resources, enrollments, expenses. One day I just said, ” I leave it to you Lord, I am doing this for your kingdom. I will work hard at what I do best and I know you will take care of the rest.” I am His testimony.
Every time I attend a training, all which are required by the state, I run into someone that plays a huge role in my life. Last month my trainer randomly stopped to talk to me. She asked me where I worked. I basically explained to her that I run a daycare from my home. Apparently I was the only one of the kind at that particular training :). She gave me this link to sing up to a program that UT sponsors http://earlylearningtexas.org/beech.aspx. It literally was a godsend. I was looking to purchase a Spanish curriculum since I opened my daycare. This program provides all the resources necessary to teach Spanish to children 18m and up. WOW!!!! I only expected a curriculum, but this program provided me with so much more. On Tuesday they sent me a box of Spanish CD’s and a CD player along with a great selection of Spanish books. Yesterday was like Christmas for me :). I receive 3 large boxes of developmental baby toys. God does provide and gives you much more than you ask for. All because of Faith….I prayed this morning that God gives me more faith. I know if I work hard, he will also work hard for me.
Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” John 5:17
***in this article it states you should wait until the child is two, but at A2Z I start as early as 18 months. Maturity levels vary. My ultimate decision is if the parent is on board. If the parent is ready, than Mrs. Luis is ready.
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15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
With all the veggies that grow in vines I felt this biblical verse was most appropriate. I used this verse as this months memory verse.
Here are some of the activities we have made so far.
New International Version (NIV)
12 If your sons keep my covenant
and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons will sit
on your throne for ever and ever.”
What a wonderful verse, this validates that what I’m trying to do from home is special. I’m so blessed to be with the children that I teach, all 11 of them, and be part of their spiritual and academic life. I’ll be honest 11 so far has been tuff. I have a mixed classroom, 1 y/o, 2 y/o, and 4 y/o, all have different schedules and all of them come from bilingual homes. Amazing challenge for me, but I’ll take it.
I’m looking forward to the themes I have been preparing. How am I going to redo my schedule is still a mystery, but I’m sure it will get done :)
I’m about to release my first Newsletter this week. It’s very short and very brief. Hopefully it will evolve into something very useful for the parents. If you want to be a part of my emailing list please email me; email@example.com.
Why does summer feel extremely busy? Maybe because I have all my kids home. This is a picture I took of my kiddos and I on Mother’s Day :). Two big things I’ve been working on while my students nap. I still have 6 babies :) What a blessing to be able to continue working during the summer. 1. My newsletter which will inform the parents on what I’m working on 2. Downloading all my printable and trying to find easier way to navigate my site. I always welcome comment and any suggestions. And thanks to those who point our my grammatical errors :) Their’s nothing worse than a teacher with bad grammar ;)