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It’s been 2 years

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It’s been 2 years since I last blogged on here. 2 years of a whole lot of change.

Shortly after my last post, I did do a training at Odessa College for Pre-Service. It went very well. The next week, school started and I taught PreK at a public school. It went extremely well. I couldn’t have asked for a better principal and the year went really well overall. I got to attend a NAEYC conference, which was fun and a good time of learning. It was a broadening experience to teach in public school and I really enjoyed everything I learned there.

However, in November of that year, we had a 9 day old baby placed with us. We fostered him for 17 months until we were able to adopt that sweet boy.  And we could not find childcare for him so we had a rough spring semester of making it work while I finished my contract.

Through having the baby placed with us, I found out about ECI-Early Childhood Intervention and began working as a part time EIS/SC-Early Intervention Specialist/Service Coordinator.

We then adopted our son and moved back home to the Brazos Valley and I am working for our new local ECI.  Working for ECI has brought a very different perspective for me.  I’m able to use a ton of knowledge I gained in childcare and teaching in some unique new ways.  I work with teachers in childcare and with parents in working with their children.

I plan to blog a bit more about all of this and probably will create some trainings, or at least bat around some ideas, based on my more recent experiences but for now, I’m happy to have this site updated and going again. I will get Facebook updated soon and will try to write a bit more!

As always, I am available to train for you! Please Contact Me if I can help you.

Branalyn

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“Amuse Them”

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So, as I referred in my last post, while driving home from the Grand Canyon, a billboard in New Mexico caught my eye. It said “Amuse Them or They’ll Amuse Themselves” with a picture of a young boy and the name of some amusement park type attraction (that I honestly cannot remember as I type this). At first, though I got the irony of “amuse them” at an amusement park, I was quite offended by the message. As I’ve thought it through, I have come to realize I slightly agree with them. I have said many times “Have a plan! Have a plan because if you don’t, the children will, and you probably won’t like their plan!”  I still believe that to be true. In my experience, when a child comes into your classroom, you should be ready for the day with all the supplies needed for planned activities that day. You should have enough activities and supplies for all the children to be able to chose a variety of activities each day. You should vary activities. You should think of the children’s interests when planning activities.
However, the word “amuse” is where I take exception to the billboard’s message. I looked “amuse” up on Google.  Here are the two definitions given:

  1. cause (someone) to find something funny; entertain.
    “he made faces to amuse her”
  2. provide interesting and enjoyable occupation for (someone).
    “the hotel has planned many activities to amuse its guests”

With some exceptions (long, unavoidable waits is the only one I can think of off hand), it is not a parent’s or teacher’s job to amuse a child. In fact, we should be teaching children to amuse themselves! Yes, we need to provide opportunities for the children to entertain and occupy themselves. Yes, we have to help expand their attention spans. Yes, especially in group care, there needs to be close supervision. Yes, there are times of adult-child interaction that are not only necessary but good. However, as adults, we should be conversing, reading, playing, interacting with children not for them. When I think “amuse,” the key word I think of is “for.” Doing something for someone else. Purely for their entertainment. But the vast majority of time spent with a child needs to be a two way conversation. And children need to learn how to amuse themselves , and they need time to amuse themselves! But it takes effort to teach a child to amuse himself within acceptable bounds.

When I teach about discipline, I teach about the 3 types of authority: Passive, Authoritarian, and Authoritative. Authoritative is what we want to be: the adult is in charge and sets the boundaries but the child is able to make choices within those bounds. And it is hard to be authoritative. Being Passive, letting the child be in charge, is easier in the short term. Being Authoritarian, “my way or the highway,” with the child never able to make choices, is easier (with a compliant child) in the short term. But, in the long term, setting boundaries and teaching the child to make choices within those boundaries, and take responsibility for those choices, or being Authoritative, gives a child the best chance to become a responsible, productive member of society. When an authority (parent, teacher, or otherwise) has taken the time to set and solidify the boundaries, a child can be trusted to make choices and “amuse” themselves!  And if they cannot amuse themselves, well that’s OK sometimes, too.  Being bored can lead to creative thinking.  And if we’ve set and solidified those appropriate boundaries, the creative thinking won’t get them into too much trouble…

I talk about discipline in PreService, Back to the Basics, and Child Development in the Bible.  I have some ideas floating around in my head for an entire training on discipline.  If you’d like me to teach on any of these topics, please Contact Me.

Branalyn

***Edited to add: I couldn’t find a picture of the billboard, but I did some searching and figured out the name of the park and then found a picture of the shirts the employees wear:

Life Catch Up

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First, I have to say that I did a training for First Baptist Church Pleasanton Child Development Center a week ago and it was great! We had two very long days doing PreService and both Back to the Basics but everyone participated in the activities, asked and answered questions, and seemed receptive to some new ideas. Thanks, y’all! Currently, I’m on the way back from a vacation to the Grand Canyon. Yes, my summer did get that crazy! It’s because our GC vacation, planned for the end of August, got moved in between me training for FBCPCDC and Robert, my husband, going to youth camp when I chose to accept a teaching position at ECISD for the 2014-2015 school year! Along with us nearing the end of the foster to adopt process, this next year is gonna be a little crazy! Don’t let that stop you from contacting me, though. I will still be available weekends and school holidays and would love to find time in my schedule to train for you! I felt the need to catch up a little, but my next post will be about a billboard I saw coming home from the Grand Canyon! I’ll leave you with a few Grand Canyon pictures: 20140718-183607-66967697.jpg 20140718-183605-66965519.jpg 20140718-183608-66968551.jpg 20140718-183609-66969412.jpg 20140718-183604-66964647.jpg 20140718-183606-66966355.jpg

Branalyn

Apologies

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I should have written this post on Thursday.  My only excuse is that it has been a crazy week and we had a wedding to attend out of town on Thursday.  Then I did not write yesterday because I took one of our youth girls to replace her stolen license in a town about 30 minutes away and then the youth had a trip to “the big city” to watch God’s Not Dead.

But the only reason I could do either of those Friday is because the training I was supposed to be teaching today was cancelled!  I found out early Thursday that only one person had signed up for my Pre-Service at Odessa College today, which caused them to cancel the class.  Honestly, March was an odd time to have Pre-Service offered, since its what you need before working in a child care center and not many people are hired in March.

So, apologies if you were the person who was supposed to be in the class today!  Contact me and we can set something up if you need to!

Honestly, though, I was relieved it was cancelled.  I was excited to be teaching the class but I just haven’t been able to really feel prepared yet.  In May I am teaching a class on Emotional Development at Odessa College, and I feel much more prepared for that class!  I’ll be teaching Pre-Service twice this summer-once for a center and once for Odessa College.  I know by July (and hopefully well before then!) I’ll have had the time to properly prepare for Pre-Service.

So, again, if you are reading this and you were supposed to be in Pre-Service today, or if you just need Pre-Service and you live in the Midland, Ector, Winkler, Ward, Andrews. Loving or other near counties, Contact me and we can work on setting something up!  We fully intend to offer the class again in August at Odessa College!

Branalyn

Why, Hello There!

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It’s been a little crazy around my house since I last posted in September!  Things are settling down for a time, just in time to get a little crazy again this summer. I like being busy, but I also like my routines.  With all the craziness going on, I’m happy to announce a few awesome things going on in my business:

1)I got a projector and speaker set up together, which means I now only require a screen (or wall that will work as a screen) and possibly a microphone, depending on group/room size to come train for you!  Obviously, if you have a set up in place, I’ll be happy to use your equipment, but I am excited that this may open up some more possibilities.

2) I am developing an extended 7 hour Emotional Development course.  This is because I am teaching a few Continuing Education Classes for Odessa College.

3) Another class I am developing, for the same reason, is a 7 hour Pre-Service, which includes everything state-required but SIDS/Shaken Baby/Early Brain Development.

4) Between Odessa College, family summer plans, church involvement this summer, and a few other training opportunities, my summer availability is becoming limited. Please contact me soon for your summer training needs!

5) I will be sending in some new proposals to Odessa College soon about fall trainings, so be sure to look out for those as I get them developed on my Portfolio page.  Remember that I can take long classes and chop them up into smaller classes to better suit your needs!

In the next few weeks, I’ll be going through the website and doing a little updating here and there to reflect these exciting announcements!  I can’t wait to see where the next few months will take me.

Branalyn