Lessons From Preschoolers

Lessons From Preschoolers

Being a teacher means you are always learning.

This past week was my first week working with preschoolers in summer school, and I think I learned more from them than they did from me.

As a camp assistant, I help the children learn interpersonal skills and problem solving skills, but mostly, I am responsible for helping the teacher in any way I can. Preschoolers are around three to four-years-old and most are fairly well versed in asking before doing, but as far as youngsters go, there can still be issues. I work with another camp assistant to play with the children, solve any issues between students, make sure everyone is accounted for, set up lunch, set up nap time and oversee them on the playground.

Teaching is what I want to do as my career, and I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had to work with children, as it only solidifies my excitement to have my own classroom.

First semester of this past year, I was able to mentor two third grade students at a local elementary school in Florida. Second semester, I was way too overloaded with academics to devote enough time to continue mentoring these students and that made me sad. So, I decided that my summer would be related to working with kids, and I am so thankful for my summer school job.

The first lesson I learned was that although many of the children are active and social, a few of them are quiet. On the first day, I met a student who was sad because her mom had to leave for work, but after 10 minutes of talking to her and asking her what she wanted to do, she still had not said a word. I started to get worried, thinking that I had said something wrong or that she just did not like me. A few other students were playing with Mr. Potato Head, so I sat down and started making one. She sat down and started playing too, and I could not help but smile because I had finally connected with her.

Throughout the week, she has gone out of her way to say hi to me and ask me to play with her. Each day, she started to talk to me more and more just about anything, and that is the next lesson I learned. Preschoolers will tell you about anything and everything no matter the topic of conversation.

During lunch, my fellow camp assistant and I help students open their bags of carrots or chips if they ask for our help. One time, when I was helping a student open her bag of carrots, she told me she used to do gymnastics, but now she does ballet. It was so random, I was not quite sure what to say. And, whenever one student says, "I don't like (type of food or drink)," everyone else has to share his or her opinion too.

I also am in charge of making sure all students are accounted for, so I walk them to and from the bathroom and the classroom. Sometimes, they will start to talk or sing to themselves while in the restroom. On Friday, one student told me how excited she was to be a big sister when a moment later I was talking to another student about his love for bugs. They will literally talk to you about anything, and it is so hilarious.

A third lesson I have learned is that they appreciate the simplest things as significant ones. On the playground, a student found bird feathers at the bottom of a tree and screamed, "I found nature!" She and her classmates were enthralled by this "nature," and I could not help but laugh at their excitement. They were so protective of the "nature" too, and one student said, "I love nature!" I did not know something so simple such as bird feathers could be so loved by preschoolers!

I am so happy to be working with them all summer, and I think I am actually learning a lot more from them than they are from me.

Cover Image Credit: GreatSchools

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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ASU Baseball Is Already Knocking It Out Of The Park

All eyes are on the Sun Devils as they enter the national poll this previous week. The Sun Devils are the last unbeaten team left in the NCAA.


Starting off the season 18-0? Not bad, considering the Sun Devils' haven't gone undefeated at the start of the NCAA baseball season since 2010 when they went 24-0, but honestly where did this come from? In the 2017-18 season, the Devils finished off with 23-32, sitting towards the bottom of the Pac-12. Now they're the top of the conference, past the usual Pac-12 baseball powerhouse, Oregon State.

On a team with only 27 on the roster, which makes it the smallest team in the Pac-12, you wouldn't really expect such an explosive start to the season. Take a look at the improvements made, though, and you'll see why.

For starters, catcher Sam Ferri is back healthy and ready for this season to start with both pitchers Alec Marsh and RJ Dabovich, who've both thrown some great games, but if we're being honest here, have been a little inconsistent with a few errors, but have been backed up by the offense to get the job done.

On offense, Hunter Bishop and Spencer Torkelson are the ones to watch out for. Torkelson was named Pac-12 freshman of the year last year, after setting the Pac-12 freshman record of home runs. Now he's back with some deadly at-bat presence, as you can always expect a few RBIs from him, and also doing a great job at infield (#TorkBomb). Bishop's following suit, with major at-bats against Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Xavier.

Safe to say being ranked #23 right now is huge for a program that struggled majorly in the past seasons and has had some great players transfer out recently. Despite being faced with huge adversity before the season, this lineup is really producing some good stuff this year, and by being undefeated through the first month of play really exemplified that.

Hats off to Head Coach Tracy Smith for helping these young men after having the program suffer for a while.


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