I have been away from my blog for a while, mainly because there have been some major changes in my professional life, and it has been difficult to put into words what needed to be said. I have spent the last few weeks saying goodbye to a program, that over the last 12 years, I helped design, restructure, and move into the 21st century, while including the original theories of the child development masters.
While goodbyes are hard on every one involved, and especially so when the staff and families within a program have become extended family, change is necessary in order to grow; both professionally and personally.
So I am on to a new challenge, a new journey, and most importantly on my way to gaining a fresh perspective on Transitional Kindergarten and its appropriateness in Early Childhood Education. I am excited to design this new program, using my own understanding of natural environments, loose parts, and child driven inquiry based lessons, while meeting the goals and objectives within a standards driven program.
I hope that I continue to inspire those around me, specifically when it comes to young children’s education, and that every one will be able to take some small piece with them into their own programs, advocating for young children and how they learn best.
As I embark on this journey I will be sure to include many before and after photos of my new space (because as an educator I always want to see inside someone else’s classroom to keep my creativity alive), as well as my take on how to incorporate provocations and inquiries within a standards based curriculum.