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WELCOME TO TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN!!!
Please go to the Google Classroom for information about our class.
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For Parent/Teacher conferences, I will send a paper home at conference time explaining how to sign up for a conference time with me. I will be conducting conferences via telephone call.
There is a reward system we use at Riverside West that is on the PBIS website. You will sign up as a parent. There is a communication aspect to this website, however, I do not check that as often as I check my email. I will also be sending you information at the beginning of the school year to sign up for ClassDojo, which is also what I will check more often. To contact me via email, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year!
Here is some information about a wonderful early childhood educator that I would like to share with you. I have adopted her philosophy about child-centered, play-based environments that offer rich educational experiences for young children. Her name is Lisa Murphy and you can read about her philosophy here:
Lisa Murphy has been in the early childhood education business for more than 30 years. Her contributions to the field are impressive. Lisa has authored many books on the subject and is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc., a resource for early childhood educators.
Lisa is the oldest of five children and grew up in a family child care home. She was a neighborhood babysitter and eventually moved to being a nanny to several families while in college. She has had experience working with children in such settings as Head Start, elementary schools, private preschools, family child care homes, and many child care centers. She received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2013 from Champlain College in Vermont.
Lisa founded Ooey Gooey, Inc. after she had to fill in, last minute, for a presenter who did not show up at a national convention that she was attending in 1996. Her presentation was met with a standing ovation. She wondered if a last minute presentation, which was met with so much enthusiasm, might lead to even better presentations if they were planned. So, in 1997, Lisa began traveling and presenting workshops to the early childhood educational community. She spent the next few years presenting these workshops to thousands of early childhood educators. Her mission is to equip these educators to create environments that promote learning through play. She emphasizes that, we as educators, need to remain passionate about what we do because none of it matters unless we understand that play is the foundation to children’s learning. She believes that, in order for children to be ready for school, they need to have opportunities to play. Whether at home, or in a school setting, children need to be presented the opportunity to engage in play. That is how children learn. It is up to us, as educators, to provide those rich experiences for them.
Lisa Murphy believes that children need more hands-on experiences like clay, water play, songs, dancing, free play, stories, recess time, and socialization verses worksheets, sitting still, homework, evaluations, computers, and standardized tests. The more hands-on, engaging experiences we can provide for children the better equipped and more ready they are for school.
In addition to the in-person and online presentations she does, she is the co-host of a podcast called The Child Care Bar and Grill. She and other early childhood professionals present ideas and ways to equip early childhood educators to create child-centered, play-based environments for young children. Lisa is committed to the education of young children through play, and wants to help other educators succeed in creating play-based environments for their students.
I plan on implementing her ideas into my own classroom this fall. I have seen for myself the difference in children who are expected to sit still all day verses the children who are allowed to move freely around the classroom and choose their own activities. Children who are allowed to interact with one another and play together are much more likely to cooperate in the learning process, are less lethargic, and have a better attitude. I’ve experienced this firsthand.