Monday, September 7, 2009

Quilting Bee #22

You will find this darling quilt here!

Good morning all!!! So very glad you could join me this morning. It is chilly and wet here this morning!! Not our usual warm Labor Day weekend!! The leaves are already turning and there is a bite in the air at night. I am wondering if we will have another winter like the last couple - seven feet of snow by December...we shall see. So I thought it was time to break out my quick bread recipes again..can ya smell the cinnamon. Oh and the Kona coffee is brewing and there is half and half if you would like this morning..Jim is spoiling us!!! So let us see..there is classic banana bread with and without nuts, pumpkin spice, zucchini orange spice, lemon poppy seed, maple nut, blueberry and cinnamon streusel bread. I have also sliced some delicious Washington apples..right out of the orchard. There is a creamy caramel dip for them if you would like. Thank you for joining me this morning! Please pull up a chair!

I have had an unusual challenge this week. I have been suffering from a lack of patience. Not a normal state of being for me. I am still waiting for the website to be available and Etsy to get back with me. But generally, if I am anything it is patient. You can't teach 2 year old for 24 years without having a little bit of that. But this week, not so much. I am breathing and trying to be like my preschoolers.

I am often asked how I teach preschoolers..not so much how as how I stay sane. This makes me smile because..really it is a joy to me. Where can you get paid to get hugs, be told you are loved, play finger paints and playdoh, watch a Disney movie in the middle of the day..with popcorn? More than that...where do you get to create curriculum that when offered up to children makes them glow with that joy of learning. Preschoolers are unjaded, everything is new and exciting. I looooove that. Preschoolers are straight up!! Here are a couple things I have learned from my little guys over the years.

Preschoolers don't game play with their words & emotions. They put it out there and say what they mean not what someone wants to hear. When they are angry they say so. When they are joyful, they do a dance. When they are sad.. they cry or take a minute to breathe. They are honest with their emotions. Preschoolers are straight up.

When things go wrong and emotions get out of hand.. empathy is the best answer. Look at the other person's point of view. How did this feel to them? Would you like it done to you? How would that feel? Empathy is huge with preschoolers.

Preschoolers do not care what you look like, sound like, what color you are, if you are young, old, skinny or fat or what your belief system is. If you love them they know and that is all that matters to them. I once worked with a young teacher who had been burned over a large portion of her body. Her face and hands were especially scared. Not one child turned away from her, even the new ones. They were curious about her scars, but never hurtful. She was what she was, she loved them and that is all that mattered. They look beyond the exterior stuff and only see the heart. Preschoolers are open minded.

Preschoolers do not make jokes with barbs attached. Those jokes that adults make that come with an attached nasty poke, but when called on it, claim...IT was only a joke - geesh! Preschoolers do not make jokes at others expenses. Jokes are for laughing and fun..not for making someone feel foolish or bad. Preschoolers have not learned to manipulate people in hurtful ways.

Preschoolers Let Fly..they will try new things, they will dance and be silly, sing at the top of their off key little voices, draw anything and beam with pride. They can do anything and will try anything..they feel huge joy!! Preschoolers Let Fly with little fear!

They Let Fly with their stifling those. Sometimes we need to work on calming down a bit quicker..hugs and a cuddle usually do the trick. Can you imagine how much faster adult fights would be over if we could count on our partner to offer a cuddle and a hug - and our partner would accept one?? Preschoolers get over things very quickly.

There is nothing I love more at school than an unexpected leg hug. Big knee squeeze and they are off across the playground! Out of the blue for no reason..there it is. How do we forget to do that as adults? Give attention to those we care about. Give praise..give of ourselves for no other reason than.. at that moment we feel it. Telling a stranger they have beautiful hair, or what a great pair of shoes...etc. Kids do that. We love it!! So do they. Preschooler never hold back on saying something that makes you feel good!

I know you are thinking...but every day is not joy and sunshine. No..we have those days that all have stayed up late the night before and are cranky and in serious need of a nap. I have kiddos now and again that challenge me, behaviour issues, autism, ADHD, etc... but ya know..over all I have never found a child I could not find something amazing in...even the ones who made me exhausted and cranky myself. There is always something. There are weeks that the weekend is way to far away. But ya know those are the days that one of my kiddos will climb up in my lap, wrap their little arms around my neck and say, "I love you Miss Sarah, you are my favorite teacher!" How can you beat that on a bad day????

So what have the little guys taught you over the years? Would you like to share?
So very glad you joined me again today. I think I will have some banana bread with walnuts and a Kona coffee..skim milk please. What would you like this morning?
Namaste, Sarah


magikalseasons said...

Wonderfully put! Taught Pre-K for six fantastic years it was my very favorite job. Although, it was never a job to me. It was so much more. Children at this age are amazing and give unconditional love. To them everything is magic. They taught me how to be a mom. I haven't taught in about 5 years. I still miss circle time and playing. It wasn't always easy but it was very rewarding and it did help to shape who I am as a mom! :)
I love pumpkin bread picked some up yesterday at the Apple Orchard. I'll bring mine we can compare. Thanks for sharing! Becca

Anonymous said...

I've never taught them, but my daughter, nieces and nephews were once preschoolers. I love the honesty a child brings to the table. I actually get some of my best advice from my daughter and nieces. They are so secure in who they are and how the world should truly be. I LOVE talking to them daily!!

Hugs 2 You (:

Sherry Byrum said...

Profound Sarah!!

holdingmoments said...

How very true that all is.
Great post Sarah.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Perfect post! Thanks. You're right about little ones "letting it fly". I wish we could all stay in that mindset as we grow older.
Have a great day.

Dede said...

A beautiful post! The wee ones are wonderful. Do you remember the commercial,"If they just stay little till their Carters wore out."

Renee said...

Sarah you do a wonderful job on these quilting bees.


clairedulalune said...

I really know what you mean here Sarah! Children give me the best belly laughs ever! I was off sick for two weeks in the nursery, i just started back today, and the love i felt from those children, the hugs, the little shy smiles,that fact that they remember you, well, it made my day! It was lovely today! No food for me today, i just had play dough burgers with the children!

Suecae Sounds said...

Your blogposts never stop to amaze me. Let Fly: that seems like a nice philosophy. I especially like that you reminded me a bit about how youngsters don't make jokes at others expenses. Oh, how I would love if people who are old enough would learn this again.

Thank you for writing and sharing.

Barbara said...

Great post, Sarah. Having Ryan around this week has been amazing and though he's only 2 months old, already he is reminding me of the simple pleasure of being in the moment. When he's hot, he lets you know it. When he's happy, he turnes that 100 watt beam of a smile on you. When he wants milk, he doesn't hold back. But his moods can shift with the moment. One moment he's crying, then you kiss him and speak quietly to him and he shifts into happiness. You've gotta love that kind of presentness.
xox B

Barbara said...

Oh, and Happy Labor Day!

Grammy said...

I love the quilt. You are so talented. And I did not know till now you are a teacher too. How sweet.

Danielle Barlow said...

Wonderful post! ( and my mouth is watering - I wish I could be there with you in real life!)

Christine said...

The little ones have taught me that a cookie or some chocolate (or better yet both) can make anything better!!!


Kat_RN said...

Thank you for the offer, but I am stuffed clear full of strawberry pancakes. As for the little ones, oh what lovely memories that brings. Thank you for sharing. As a nurse, I have some very rough days, but then something always happens to remind me how worth while it is.
Loving your job is one of the luckiest possible outcomes in this life. Congratulations.

cinner said...

I always wanted to be a teacher. Now I don't think the kids would understand me falling over from my cataplexy. My nieces and newphews, silly kids, one asked me once, cool can you do that again, of course I laughed and down I went again. Children are priceless, I can tell you love your job and that is so rare, you are trul blessed. I would love a coffee with you. Take care, beautiful post.