Although I now run a website centered on early childhood home education at www.teachermomonline.com, my professional experiences in education have run the gamut. I began my career in education as a tutor before completing my degree. Once I graduated, I taught in private schools for eleven years. I briefly taught Classics (Literature and Latin) in middle school before I realized my true love: early childhood education. I then taught preschool and Pre-K classes for the remainder of my private school teaching career before becoming a home educator. In addition to educating my own children, I continue to teach outside classes at my local library and for other local homeschoolers. I love inspiring and getting inspired by other teachers and home educators. Thanks for visiting my TpT shop!
I strongly believe in learning that is fun, interactive, holistic and natural. I believe the best education is one in which the child is passionately engaged, taking initiative and taking responsibility for his/her learning. My classrooms were always run with an emphasis on independent learning and active/hands on engagement. I run my homeschool with the same focus. For learning a concept, I prefer activities which encourage creativity, in which the children are actively testing theories and generating outcomes as opposed to simply following a pre-charted course to a pre-determined end. I beleive that using creative natural activities and individual explorations allows for each child to function at his/her own optimal level, and for adults to scaffold and assist without holding back those ahead or "force ripening" those at a slower pace. For practice and reinforcement, then I feel it can be appropriate to employ "less creative liberty" in your activities. However I am wary of today's tendency towards "drill and kill" in the early ages.
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Graduated Magna Cum Laude BFA from Brooklyn College, CUNY Studied Gifted and Talented at Teachers College, Columbia University Studied Early Childhood Education at Mercy College, NYC
When I am not teaching, I love to write about early childhood home education at www.teachermomonline.com and www.facebook.com/theteachermom