Week 3

Wow! Week 3 already and I’m excited! Almost halfway there for the term! It feels so good to be learning about something that really makes me smile. Every assignment and discussion makes me dig deep to find a reply. I enjoy that type of learning.

This week we’ve talked about family and family systems. We were asked to create a Personal Childhood Web that illustrated 5 important people in our life and how they helped to nurture and influence our life. Choosing just 5 was probably the hardest task because I didn’t know how to choose just 5 people who nurtured and influenced me the most growing up. After careful thought and consideration, these are the 5 people that I have chosen:

Personal Childhood Web

My Mother, Grandmother, Grandfather, Daddy (Uncle), and Sisters

My Mother, Grandmother, Grandfather, Daddy (Uncle), and Sisters

Each of these 5 people helped me become the woman that I am today.

Mama – My mother is the person who I aspire to be. She had a heart of gold and she taught me how to love and be loved. She had a degree in Early Childhood Education and loved children. She raised the majority of my younger cousins from birth until school age. My mother would read to me almost every night. She made sure that I developed a love for reading and learning at a young age. She would always encourage me to do my best at all times, even when people were rooting against me. She taught me how to speak up for myself, but not belittle others with my words. She was my biggest cheerleader and fan, and everything that I do now, I hope that I have made her proud.

Granny – My granny was the epitome of the backbone of a family. She was the Matriarch and she kept everyone together and everyone in line. She provided knowledge and wisdom that only some people dream to have learned. She taught me about work ethic and the value of hard work. She had a first-grade education and she still managed to raise 9 children, 5 of which were not her own. I learned how to work from her. My drive and determination are what have gotten me to where I am today. I refuse to give up on my dreams. I continue to allow my grandmother’s hard work push me to excel. I know that she is proud of the woman that I am becoming.

Papa – My Papa was the first man I ever loved. I was his princess and I will always be his princess. I only got to enjoy my grandfather for the first 5 years of my life, but the memories that we shared will forever be in my mind. He taught me how to be loved. He made sure I felt protected and safe. He showed me respect and told me about respect. Yes, I was young, but I remember him and his love and his teachings so vividly. He was truly my knight in shining armor on Earth. The love that she showed me our short time together on Earth will forever be embedded in my spirit. I stive to give that type of unconditional love to all those I hold dear.

Daddy (Uncle) – My Daddy isn’t really my daddy at all, but my uncle. He stepped up and assumed the role as the father figure in my life when my grandfather passed away. From as long as I can remember he has been in my life. He’s always shown me the same love and support that he shows his biological daughters. I never feel like I’m not his child. He continues to teach me about life and love. He sets the bar high for my future husband! My Daddy is my protector and until my husband takes my hand, he’ll be the apple of my eye.

My Sisters (Kasie & Trina) – My sisters are really my cousins. They are my Daddies biological children. I receive so much love and support from my sisters. The love me and have supported me the exact same way my entire life. I don’t know what type of person I would be without them in my life. The good, the bad, the ugly, it doesn’t matter with them because we will always love and support each other. They don’t treat me any differently than they do each other. Actually, I’m the responsible one, and I’m the baby!

All of these people make me who I am. They have helped to raise me and nurture me and care for me at some point or another. I have learned so many different things from them and all of the lessons learned have helped me. My village is filled with shining stars. I couldn’t be happier, or more blessed to have them in my corner, and in my life.

Week 2 is Here!!

Well this is week two in the Early Childhood Studies program, and I’m beginning to get more comfortable with the material. Everyone in my group is so sweet, and it makes it fun that everyone has these bubbly and friendly personalities.

This week’s assignment was one that I simply smiled when I read because it just reminded me that Early Childhood learning, work, education is so fun and rewarding. People tend to make the work rigid and boring, when it’s supposed to be light hearted and fun. After all, we are serving children or educating those who share our love for children. This was me when I was a young child.

This was when I was young and precious. I miss those days when life was easy!

This was when I was young and precious. I miss those days when life was easy!

I was so curious and full of life. Everything I looked at in wonder and wanted to know what it was. Stories from my mother and family painted me as a happy child who loved to read and watch tv. I was always inquisitive, and that is still true today! Speaking of today here is a recent picture as well.

This was taken maybe two weeks ago at work.

This was taken maybe two weeks ago at work.

This is the woman who is on a journey to discovering just exactly what it means to be a child again. To me, that’s at the heart of Early Childhood Education. You can’t take yourself too seriously, but you have to remain focused on the task at hand, educating children, their parents and the community about the importance of the next generation. A quote that one of my co-workers shared with me about two years ago has stuck with me, and I believe it holds true even in the world that we live in today. The quote reads,”Tell me, and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me, and I learn”. This holds a special place in my heart because it’s how my mother raised me. She involved me in everything so that I would learn it for myself. She would often tell me things, and as the quote states, I would forget. This is what happens with children every day in centers and schools across the country. People spend so much time talking

A quote that one of my co-workers shared with me about two years ago has stuck with me, and I believe it holds true even in the world that we live in today. The quote reads,”Tell me, and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me, and I learn” Benjamin Franklin. This holds a special place in my heart because it’s how my mother raised me. She involved me in everything so that I would learn it for myself. She would often tell me things, and as the quote states, I would forget. This is what happens with children every day in centers and schools across the country. People spend so much time talking at children, that they don’t involve them in the learning and start talking to them to teach them. Learning is a process, and not everyone reaches the end goal the same way. Early Childhood practitioners should be aware and knowledgeable of the latest and newest trends so that they can nurture the whole child and not just the mind. The end goal is for them to learn and be happy, productive, and healthy adults, that starts with us.

One of the options to this assignment that made me smile was that we were instructed to list one of our favorite children’s books and what we love about it. Now, I immediately knew what book I was going to choose. Then I hopped on Amazon.com to grab a picture, and I immediately got confused! How can someone choose just one children’s book? OMG, I had the hardest time determining which one to choose, but I finally settled on this one:

The Monster at the End of this Book

The Monster at the End of this Book

This is my favorite childhood book! Grover is the most adorable muppet ever and the joys that this book brings is amazing. The reader is taken on a journey with Grover as he urges and begs the reader to stop turning pages because there is a monster at the end. This only makes the reader turn the pages all the more. The excitement and build up to the last page and you find out that Grover is simply frightened of himself, because he is the monster at the end of the book!  And he’s not that bad, right?

In my opinion, this book taught me that sometimes the fear of what’s on the next page can and will keep you from turning it, but it still doesn’t change the ending to the book. That’s the beautiful part about life, it gets scary, and sometimes things don’t and won’t go your way and you’ll be scared, and alone, and someone will always urge you to not turn the page, but you must get over the fear and the doubt and continue forward. You’ll soon discover the thing that you feared was holding you back, is the thing that has been pushing your forward. Great book for adults and children alike!

Well this week’s assignment was one that I really enjoyed completing. Hmmm, I think I’m starting to like this whole blogging thing! Might start a personal one of my own! Already such wonderful things coming from this journey, educational, professional, and personal!

Welcome to my Blog!!

Hello! My name is Malorie and I am so excited that you’ve come to visit! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I’m currently a MS Early Childhood Studies Student and this blog will track my journey. It will highlight my accomplishments, allow me to receive feedback from classmates to improve, and be a constant reminder of the journey that I’m embarking upon.  Please feel free to look around, read a post or two, and by all means leave some comments! Again, thank you for traveling on this journey with me! Talk to you soon!!

All My Best

– Malorie