Nursery Duty

Nursery Duty

Jul 25

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Happy Monday everyone! Its not even 10:30 and already I’ve already broken a glass, been passed up by a granny during my 5k training, and fixed the DVD player which was skipping on account of a piece of granola lodged into the loading tray.

I have been getting up at 5am {Heaven help me} for the past couple of weeks while I am undergoing my online Kindermusik certification. More to come about that. My assignment over the weekend was to observe a pre-school environment {other than Kindermusik} and compare my findings based on the Kindermusik philosophy. That doesn’t sound so bad. Yesterday, I observed the pre-school nursery at church. Half way through my written observations this morning, I figured I just had to include you in this conversation sinceĀ  you’ve so graciously subjected yourself to my commentary on life thus far. I find it difficult to write without using irony based on true story.

Here are a few of my responses–

Q. Was the environment fun for the child?

A. “The toddler that threw a block at the face of another unsuspecting nursery attendee was no doubt having a rip-roaring good time, but as mama always used to say, “If everybody isn’t having fun, nobody is having fun.” Perhaps it is a blessing that children don’t remember all that much before the age of 2 or else the child-target now has something to tell his future therapist.”

Q. Did the environment encourage parent involvement?

A. “You better believe I got involved when the aforementioned block thrower took a swing at my 11-month-old.”

Q. Did the class provide quality materials?

A. “My two-and-a-half year old was assigned the task of holding the laminated number on a popsicle stick that corresponded with the days of Creation. He beamed. But I could see his wheels turning when he realized that the days of Creation ended with the number “7”. I’m pretty sure he was puzzled when the Bible story teller didn’t promptly produce a number “8” popsicle stick. Must remember to explain that one later.

I have a feeling when my husband reads this, he is going to think, “oh dear, what on Earth are they going to do with you, Salina?” To which I will reply, “If I am going to get up at 5am to watch a group sing-a-long video circa 1978, I am darn well going to have fun with it.”

Oh, and for all you church nursery workers, my hat’s off to you. That is no easy task. Extra jewels in your crown {or an extra drink during Sunday lunch.}


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Salina Beasley