|LaToya - who cares for a toddler girl named Madelyn|
Becoming a TeacherCaregiver has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. The relationship that forms between teacher and family is an unbelievable kinship that extends beyond my work expectations. I have been working with Madelyn for a month now, and upon arriving everyday I know two things: the new day will be even more interesting than the previous day, and her eagerness to learn and explore the world will inspire me to be a better catalyst as each day unfolds. Although she is only 16 months old she is sharp, takes direction, and comprehends remarkably. The teach-learn dynamic definitely goes both ways between Madelyn and I, and I value so much her excited reassurance that makes me better at what I do.
Madelyn and I have daily routines that are divided into weekly lesson plans which vary in themes that all focus on social & emotional, language & literacy, creative & cognitive, and physical skills. We begin our days with a warm welcome where Madelyn is allowed time to warm up to me again and adjust to the new day. After this half hour time slot, we begin the days activities which are all broken down into twenty-minute enrichment activities. Throughout the course of the day we read several books to expand Madelyn's vocabulary and imagination. We iincorporate new arts & crafts activities, sensory exploration games, dance and songs, toddler exercises, and an outdoor activity consisting of a nature walk, or a visit to a park.
My TeacherCaregiver experience has been amazing. I'm learning skills now that will ensure that I continue to grow as a teacher and that I become an excellent parent in the future. I would suggest TeacherCare to anyone looking for a quality individualized education for their child.