I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot this summer. I visited friends in Spain and a friend in Costa Rica to look at possible Spanish-immersion locations for the future, and even got to spend a week at the beach with my family. All this travel has really re-sparked my natural curiosity. I have learned a lot of Spanish, explored rainforest and cloud forest, and spotted several different types of monkeys. Being out of my element has made me more aware of my surroundings, especially the natural ones. And of course, I brought back plenty of props and pictures to share at Circle Time and in my tutoring sessions.
It has really been a summer of self-education.
In particular, I have had time during my vacation to complete my TESOL course. I am excited to have this certification under my belt, especially since it will allow me to apply for jobs teaching English abroad when I'm ready. I also view it as a step in the direction of a full-time career in teaching ESOL students, which is the career choice I am leaning toward now.
Next in my self-education this summer is a Child Development Associates. I am participating in a program at my preschool center to complete my CDA online by the end of this year. I am really looking forward to getting more standardized knowledge of child development and finding more ways to formalize our preschool classroom and pre-kindergarten program.
Here's a Kid Quote about a popular summertime activity:
Three-year-old: "I don't want to watch a lot of TV because I will get a mush brain!"
Four-year-old: "I love to watch a lot of TV. It's my favorite thing to do."
Oh no! Don't watch too much; you'll get a mush brain!
Four-year-old: "No I didn't."