Tag Archives: 4 year old

“Children nurtured in kindness learn the value of understanding.” -Steve Goodier

Today I want to talk about a challenge I have right now. As a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I have a calling (or “job”) in the church. This does not mean I get paid, everything in the church is volunteer based, as you can read a little about here.

My calling is the Sunbeam teacher, which is the 3 year olds. Why is this hard for me, you may ask. I am getting a degree in early childhood education, after all, so it should be easy for me. Well, it’s not. I don’t know the children or the other teacher or any parents. I don’t know how to teach them or how to keep their attention. When I worked at a preschool before, I worked with children that I didn’t really need to plan a lesson for. As a floater, at first, I just filled in where it was needed. As the grade school teacher, I helped make sure the K-3rd graders were doing their homework and not wreaking havoc on the school.

So, here I am, in new territory. I am learning how to plan lessons ahead of time. I am learning that they children really enjoy coloring and thankfully each lesson has a great coloring page. I also am part of some awesome groups with other Sunbeam teachers on Facebook and that helps me out.

I am excited to continue learning, especially since I want to be a preschool teacher. This is perfect practice!

I know there wasn’t much to this blog post but I wanted to share a little about what I am up to at church. Comment below with any tips or tricks you have for teaching 3 and 4 year olds. As always, thank you for visiting my blog and have a great week!

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“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin” -Victor Kiam

So… I know I haven’t posted anything in a long while, a loathes happened too! So here is the post about all that has happened.

I went to Mexico for the first time. I went with my fiancé and his parents and sister to visit his family. Of course, I couldn’t understand anyone or anything, but it was still so much fun. I love the food and the culture. I think I was supposed to be Mexican, hahaha. I love Mexican food, I always have. I did come to the realization that Americanized Mexican food is all a lie. I mean, really. I knew Taco Bell wasn’t real Mexican food but eve some of the food served at “Mexican” restaurants lies to you. I loved the real stuff, it was so wonderful! I had so much food, I felt myself gain weight, hahahahaha. So I am on a “diet.” I had Sting Ray, which was made by my fiancé’s uncle; tortas (kind of like sandwiches but 1,000,000 times better), which we went to a little restaurant for it twice; ate flautas, which are real taquitos; elotes in a cup, which is the corn with all the yummy stuff (Think of the corn man); tacos (of course!); camarones or shrimp cocktails (never had it before but it was so good)….and I had other food but can’t really think of it all right now. I can’t wait to go back to Mexico, mostly for the food but I enjoyed his family too!

I lost my job. The mother I was nannying for decided that she wanted her boys to go to a daycare so she didn’t need me anymore. I  was a bit sad for a little while but then happy. I hated my job. I’m sorry to say that but I did. I loved what I was doing but those boys, mostly the 4-year-old, made it so hard. You know there is something wrong when you come home and cry for a good half hour after work. The 4-year-old is not nice, whatsoever. One day, we went to the park and he demanded that I push him in the swing. I said “no” so he got angry. He proceeded to say “I’m going to kill you with a real gun” and similar things. I reported this to the dad and you know what? He told me that I need to be more patient with him because he is going through a rough time since he is phasing from being a 4-year-old to being a five-year-old. I don’t know about you but THAT IS NOT A GOOD THING TO DISMISS! I mean, hello!?! A normal 4-year-old should not be threatening his nanny every 5 minutes or every time he hears the word “no”. Tat wasn’t the only time I was ever threaten, it was just the only time I actually talked to the parents about it. I decided that there was no point in addressing it with the parents if they were going to dismiss everything. I had brought up other issues but they dismissed those, as well. I feel sorry for those kids. Anyway…I may not have a job but I feel so much better than I did a couple of weeks ago.

Wedding planning is going well, there is still so much to do. AHHHH! 32 MORE DAYS! Where does the time of? I just can’t figure it out.

Anyway…Sorry I was rambling so much. I have to go clean the kitchen then work on homework. I hope y’all have a great day and I hope that I will be able to be on the ball now with blog posts. If anyone would like me to write about anything specific, let me know. I would love to do it. Later everyone!

This is from my phone while we were waiting to cross the border back into the US...
This is from my phone while we were waiting to cross the border back into the US…

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success” -Henry Ford

So, I know that it is Tuesday and I was supposed to post more about my life as a nanny but I got home late and had a horrific headache…more like a migraine, yuck!

So, as I posted about last week, I am a nanny for 2 crazy little boys (ages 4 and 6). They definitely keep me on my toes. Thankfully yesterday they were very understanding about my head and were quite good. Most days they run around screaming and fighting. Yesterday there was much less of it. Perhaps it’s just that they finally realized that if they are bad, I tell their mom and then she gets to discipline them how she sees fit. The first couple of times I told their parents about their poor behavior, they boys cried and said that I wasn’t supposed to tell them.

Anyway, that’s enough about that. Let me tell you more about my job. I work 4-5 days a week at various times. Yesterday I worked for over 12 hours (which I always hate because when they boys are in bed, I’m ready to go home). I always get Wednesdays off, after I finally asked for that day to always be off so that I could focus on school. You see, when I was first hired, I was hired to work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Then all of a sudden she wanted me to work Monday-Saturday. I finally got tired of it and got the courage to ask for Wednesdays off. I also don’t work every Friday and Saturday, which I am thankful for because I can’t handle those boys all the time. I have come home before and just cried because I was so overwhelmed with everything. Do you ever feel that way at work? It’s a horrible feeling.

What is the “usual” routine, you ask? Well….there isn’t an actual “normal” routine because my hours are not usual. But at the beginning, the boys’ mom made a schedule to refer to when I needed to. They have breakfast about 8:oo am then the 6-year-old goes to school. I’m supposed to do about 30 minutes to an hour of “school work” for the 4-year-old (so he can be all ready for Kindergarten) while the 6-year-old is off at school. After the 6-year-old comes home they have lunch then have “quiet time” where they watch a little TV. After quiet time it is time to go to the park to burn some energy. It’s a nice little sandy park with 2 slides and a couple of other things. They love to take their beach toys and build sand castles. After the park we go back home, do a little more “school work” and the 6-year-old has to read at least one book (he always throws a fit because he hates reading…even if it’s 2 pages with a sentence on each). I let them play a little while I prepare dinner, then they are eating when I’m done. There is always some veggie on their plate with dinner (mom’s orders) and the 6-year-old cries because he hates veggies. After dinner is bath-time. The 4-year-old goes first then the 6-year-old. Never bathe them at the same time because they just fight about it and it’s just crazy. After bath time, they watch a movie and get into bed. At 8:00pm, lights are off and it’s time to sleep. They throw a fit because they hate going to bed and they want to be awake to see mommy. Last night the 4-year-old said I was a bully because I was making them go to bed…he usually says stuff kind of mean because he says it to the parents and they don’t correct it.

That is my “typical” day as a nanny. Thanks for reading! For those who are nannies or work with children in any way, what do you do on a “typical” day? How do you help the children learn and grow? How would you deal with threats from a 4-year-old? Let me know your responses!

We watched Gumby before going to sleep this past week, the boys loved it!
We watched Gumby before going to sleep this past week, the boys loved it!
JP
This is the 6-year-old practicing his alphabet. He messed up on the letter Z then cried for about an hour because he didn’t want his mom to see it. He believes she never makes any mistakes and he doesn’t want her to see that he messed up. I tried talking to him but it just made him more upset…it made me sad.