Well it's Week 1 again. This time of my 4th class, Issues and Trends in Early Childhood.
For this class each week I'll be blogging about either an early childhood website that I'm dissecting or about a conversation I'm having with two people who work with kids (ages 0-8) in another country.
For my website I'm going to look at NAECTE (National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators). The website is full of information and has a seasonal newsletter. I'm excited to learn more about this education and to be encouraged as an early childhood professional by them. And excited to share with you what I've learned from their site.
Now the harder part was finding 2 people who work with kids overseas, so I reached out to my contacts. I posted in a mom's group on Facebook I'm a member of and am in the process of working through a few leads from some of the mom's on there. One is a missionary in Africa and the other had a few friends she had contacted while working on her own master's. But my second person is someone I actually know. A few years ago, when living in Massachusetts, I had the opportunity to meet a girl who had grown up in that church but was now a missionary over in Swaziland, working with orphans and kids. I reached out to her this week and she's willing to help me out with this project. I'm excited to gain more insight into what she does for the kids in her new country, beyond the small amounts I already know.
At first I thought it was going to be really hard to find some people to converse with, but it might work out for me to find some people after all. In week 3 I have a chance to post back what I've learned up to that point. So stay tuned.
Can I just say I'm kind of amazed I'm still sticking with this master's thing?! It's been a lot harder then I expected it to be, but I've also learned way more than I expected I would. If you have a dream, something you've wanted to do for a long time, step out and do it. You can, if you want it bad enough, you can achieve it. Go for it. It'll be hard, but the benefit will out weigh that in the end.