Monday, April 20, 2009

Teaching Two Year Olds

Lately, I find it difficult to come up with new topics to post on our blog. I would love to simply tell you stories that we find exciting but make you fall asleep about all that our little ones are up to these days but again, it is rarely earth shattering. There is one funny that comes to mind. You might find it humorous to know that Little Philip came out of his speech therapy session today having asked Miss Taryn to draw repeatedly draw "poo poo." This request she politely declined. Aah, the imagination of a three year old.

Did I mention that I am going back to work part-time? I will be teaching the 2K classroom at a local church here in Birmingham starting in June. I am super excited and have lots of fun ideas. Some people think I'm crazy going from working with college aged students to two year olds but I assure them I'm now adeptly skilled to make the switch. Really there are many similarities that come to mind but I will save those for June when I actually begin teaching. Little Philip and Helen will be joining me two days each week this summer in their own classrooms. Helen will greatly benefit from being away from her mama and socializing. Little Philip absolutely craves any classroom setting so our family will benefit tremendously all around from me working. The little that will be left after paying their tuition will still provide some much needed funds to our monthly budget. To answer the question many may have - yes, I really want to go back to work. I miss doing something outside the home and my inability to sleep some nights when a fun craft or activity pops in my head lets me know just how much I am "wired" to work outside the home.

So here is where you all come in. I am open to ideas from all you parents, babysitters, aunts, uncles, etc., out there of current or past two year olds. What are some of the learning milestones you would hope a preschool or mother's day out program would help you accomplish for your little ones? Favorite crafts or keepsakes for that age? And before anyone else mentions it, I am well aware of the potty training at this age. I'll have my rubber gloves ready.


The Hoppers said...

At least I got him to say "pee-yew"!!!!!! I will leave those drawings to you!

Katherine Moak said...

if you have the means at the school to do so, laminate anything that is very special. Like things with a handprint on it. I quickly learned that I just cannot keep every single thing that she brings home, so her teachers make it much easier by laminating the special things.

Lizzy said...

I think you will be fabulous at teaching 2 year olds!!

The Smiths said...

hey y'all! I just wanted to say that you do an AWESOME job with the blog. It's always very entertaining and very well written. Thanks for keeping everyone updated!
-Randall Smith