Tuesday, December 15, 2015

And that's a wrap

My 4th class is coming to an end this week. I can't believe I've made it this far in my master's program already! By the end of my next semester I'll officially be half way. This has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, and honestly without Keven I would have quit a long time ago, but I have learned so much.

Throughout this last course we were given the chance to learn more about early childhood from a personal international perspective. Three consequences of that experience:

1. I've wanted to be a missionary for a long time, but after these conversations I've started thinking about the possibility of early childhood being something that I could do on an international mission field. It got me thinking about how that is as much of a need oversea's as it is here and how those children need to learn about Jesus too.

2. It broke down this thought process that early childhood standards are only something that the U.S. has. I was surprised to learn that Swaziland has standards for orphanages and I was surprised to learn that South Africa has standards for all of their early childhood schools. This reminds me just how similar we as humans really are.

3. Professionally, I admired the goals set by both Gennie and Penny. They each saw the needs in their own lives and paired that with the needs of the area around them. Right now I feel like my needs are very separate from those around me or in my area, I'd like one day to find a way to merge those together as they did.

One of my goals, moving forward, is to continue to learn about early childhood in other countries. But to learn more about the real people teaching in those trenches every day, to learn what it's really like to teach in those countries and to learn from them, because they are amazing teachers too.


  1. Danielle, I enjoyed reading your post. I began to reflect as well. I have a friend who is a missionary in Kyrgyzstan. She began working in an orphanage there. She is now a teacher. She was a pre-k teacher before leaving the states. She enjoys it. I often wonder what it would be like to live in another country and work with children. When you think about it, we are missionaries working with children especially of various ethnic backgrounds. I wish you the best in future endeavors.

  2. Danielle,

    You were one of the only blogs that I read who was able to learn from two people outside of America and I have really enjoyed learning all that you have shared from Gennie and Penny. I respect the fact that you are interested in becoming a missionary yourself and that you would teach children about Jesus. There is much work to be done in America, as well as in other countries and I definitely see you making a difference. Good luck in your future classes!