Do you know what self-care is? Do you practice good self-care? That’s a question that I’ve had to ask myself a lot recently.
Self-care means a lot of things to different people. Usually for me self care includes doing something to help me be better at my craft. Once a week Holly stays a full day and I take half a day for self-care. Normally, that is spent in required meetings or business that has to be taken care of with much of that being in Little Rock. Today I was able to join a book club with some amazing professionals that will delve deeper into the study of Reggio Emilia. Reggio Emilia is not taught or supported much in our area because it is such a different way of thinking and teaching. I am excited to join the trainers at University of Arkansas early care and education projects, two instructors from the University of Arkansas college of education, and the director from the Jean Tyson child development center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
So today self-care was starting a book club that will help me remember why it’s important to allow children to explore materials in their own way without direction or interruption from me at times.
How much more children can learn when they work in a group without a goal set by the teacher.
And how my image of the child and the wonderful amazing things they are capable of doing frames everything I do in my classroom.