Posted in Books and Podcasts, Life, Preschool Adventures

Turn the Page or Close the Book?

My Mom, an amazing middle school librarian, just showed me a quote I had seen before but not taken to heart the way I did today.


Now that many of my negative and scary situations are in hindsight, I find myself feeling guilty for being in those situations at all. But I guess it   was that part of my life that I’ve learned so many lessons from and has made me who I am.

I’ve made mistakes, I’ve hurt others, and I’ve hurt myself, but I also can’t blame myself for everything, I was under the power of manipulation and fear.

I’ve finally closed that book. I did my best to turn the pages, but that book just wasn’t the right one for me! If you are struggling with finding strength in your life right now, I encourage you to think of this quote.

Should you turn the page and keep giving the book a try? Or is it time to close your book and find one better suited for you? It takes time and extra searching, but you will find your page turner that you never want to end.

Posted in Life, Preschool Adventures

Scavenger Hunt Adventures

Now that summer vacation has arrived, there is so much time to help preschoolers have adventures and explore the nature around them! One of the best and most fun ways to achieve this is to have them engage in a Scavenger Hunt.

I don’t have any children of my own, but I do have nieces and nephews who I love with all of my heart.  I like to provide them with memories they will hold onto forever.  Lately I made up a simple scavenger hunt that could be done by my nieces and nephews from ages 1-20 years, and that I could join in on of course!

Henry and Will at Garden

My nephews tested the scavenger hunt out when I provided them with the list, a marker, and a paper bag to collect items in. They had a great time searching around our garden land and were able to find almost everything on their own! It was just another day in the Adventures of Auntie LaLa!

Click here for a PDF of my Nature Scavenger Hunt  and feel free to print it off and use it for your own adventures!

 

Posted in Life, Preschool Adventures

Summer Vacation!

Yesterday was the last day of the school year for this preschool teacher! I celebrated by enjoying an ice cold beer and Lindt Salted Caramel Chocolate (courtesy of the amazing assistant teacher I have been working with lately).  This school year has been a particularly crazy one for me.  My life has changed drastically since  I started the school year as a student teacher and grad student.  I feel overwhelmed yet blessed when I think of all that has happened.

My biggest excitement is that I have become a preschool teacher! I absolutely love my job and already can’t wait to get into my new classroom for next year! That being said, I will be adding a new section to this blog, dedicated to classroom adventures, early childhood activities, and hands on learning.

Stay tuned for my next post on an easy recipe for Sidewalk Chalk Paint! We tried it out for our Messy Art Day and the preschoolers loved it!

Happy Summer Vacation!

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Millie is ready for Summer Vacation!
Posted in Preschool Adventures

Thank You Teachers!

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After years of hard work, ups and downs, stress, and wonderful memories… my dream of becoming a teacher is finally coming true.  On my road to becoming a teacher, I had so many amazing teachers who showed me that teaching is so much more than running a classroom.  It is having passion and heart for each and every student.  For believing in making a difference and being a positive role model.  I have had so many teachers show me this.

Thank you to all of the teachers I have had and have worked with.  You all have taught me how we can make a difference in each child’s life.  You have all taught me that each child deserves to be loved and given an education.  Each child deserves to be shown the world.  Remember teachers, you make a world of a difference! You are the ones who help to create the leaders of our world, the CEO’s, the small business owners, the athletes, the actors, and the future educators.

Thank you teachers, I am so proud to be joining you!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Posted in Life, Preschool Adventures

Lessons from Preschoolers on Letting It Go

It’s funny how some distance, makes everything seem small.  And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all!
It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through.
No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m Free!
-Disney’s Frozen

     There is nothing more exhilarating and eye opening than being in a classroom filled with preschoolers who are singing the lyrics word for word to “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.  I had chills and tears in my eyes as I watch the students I had been teaching, singing their hearts out.  Right then and there it just hit me, this is why I’m here… this is why I made the decisions I did, and why I had to “let it go” to make a better life.

     I absolutely love working with kids, it can be exhausting and you’re exposed to countless germs (I’m writing this as I am getting over the stomach bug), but it is all worth it to see their smiles and hear their giggles every day.  I have always felt that I learn more from the kids than they learn from me.  Every child has taught me a lesson and touched my heart in some way.  They have taken the worst of my days and made me forget about them, they have made me smile when I wasn’t sure it could be possible to smile.

     Remember that children are our future, these little hands that playing with toys and spreading the germs, are the ones who will be running the world and taking care of us when we are older.  We are all teachers of children. And they are all teachers of us.  It is our duty to teach them how to treat others, how to care for the Earth, and how to “Let It Go”.

 

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My Life is Like a Lemon Drop…

“My life is like a lemon drop. I’m suckin’ on the bitter to get to the sweet part.  I know there are better days ahead.”

-Pistol Annies

The words to this song really struck a chord with me when I first heard them.  These are words that have stuck with me and run through my head on those sour days.  Lately these words have been running through my head daily.  It seems that I am having some of my most sour moments mixed with what are some of my most sweet moments in the past month.

These sour moments are inspiring me to find the strength within me.  I am a teacher, writer, baker, crafter, and what ever else I can get my hands on doer. I am starting a new chapter in my life, I’ve finished grad school, I’m starting a new job, going through a breakup, and moving home with my parents at 28 years old. What could be a better time to start a blog on life’s adventures!

Join me while I start my new life, you might learn a thing or two!