We are excited to have Ms. Kelsey join the Jean Road Campus as our newest teacher. Ms. Kelsey and Ms. Maria are team-teaching in our Early Toddler Classroom.
Hello CHA families!
My name is Kelsey and I am very happy to be starting a new job with Children’s Hour Academy! I will be co-teaching with Ms. Maria in the ETC classroom and am very excited to get to know all of you and your children.
I grew up in Tigard and graduated from OSU with degrees in Human Development Family Studies and Early Childhood Education. I also currently have an Oregon teaching license. I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since I was young and have had many great experiences over the years working with children and families! I worked as a preschool teacher at another preschool in Lake Oswego for a few years as well as a substitute teacher for the school districts prior to being at CHA.
I currently live in Sherwood and outside of work like to spend time with my family/ friends, exercise, and if I can, take naps! I am also getting married in 2017 so I am also currently wedding planning which I think is really fun.
I love working with kids and helping them to learn and grow. It is important to me to help create an environment where children feel safe, loved and enjoy coming to school to learn new things every day! I can’t wait to get to know you all over the near future.
Our Jean Road field trip to Ryser’s Farm is all set for Friday, October 17th at 3:30 pm. Once there, we will be able to visit the patch, take a farm tour, do apple cider tasting, take a hay ride and view the baby animals. The trip is $5.00 per child for all activities and a pumpkin. The farm is open until 6:00 pm and families are welcome to stay as long as they wish.
Ryser’s Farm is located at 22560 SW Stafford Road in Tualatin. Please note that CHA will close at 3:00 pm and all parents will need to transport their own children to the farm.
Ms. Jennifer’s Preparatory Kindergarten Class recently shared a Funny Friday story on Shutterfly that we think all our parents might find amusing. Read on for the narrative from Ms. Jennifer to make you smile.
Firstly, prompted by a conversation that I had last night with a family, I just thought I’d let you know that I am super proud of the kids and the massive changes I see in them. I thought it may be nice for you guys to know that I too am just as surprised and excited by all the little things the kiddo’s are learning. Many people think that as the teacher, I expect and know these changes are coming, but on the contrary; I usually have so many things in my head from each subject area, lots of planning for the weeks ahead and work to mark that these awesome changes that the children learn seem to happen almost by magic to me too! There are so many ‘steps’ in the early stages of learning to write (or any other subject matter) that it’s easy to get caught up on these tiny little aspects and all of a sudden, one day I realize how far they have come with all the little things that they are now ready to start trying to write small words on their own, or they can count to 100! It’s one of the things I absolutely love about the early stages of learning and it is why I have always preferred teaching in these stages.
Now, on to the quotes. Our topic has now changed to People Who Help Us and we have, very briefly, been chatting about who that might be. Cue, playing doctors in dramatic play and free time! Yesterday, whilst I was helping the kids to stick up the tree and their family treehouse, I overheard some play. All good play starts off in school and so with a teacher and some students in one area of the classroom I could hear the children getting to work with their vowels! Then, some poor parent got a phone call.
Child A: “Hi, I think you’d better come pick up your child”
Child B: “Oh no! Why?
Child A: “Nothing too bad, just a diarrhea cough.”
Child B: “Honey, it’s just a diarrhea cough, don’t worry.”
Child A: Ok, I’ll come get her after lunch.
I had to suppress laughter for so many reason: their nonchalant attitude towards a ‘diarrhea cough’; the fact they all completely accepted that a ‘diarrhea cough’ was indeed something that may happen, and I also chuckled at the prospect of what a ‘diarrhea cough’ actually was to them and the fact that it was not even so alarming that they might skip out on lunch! It clearly was not what I was picturing in my head, because rest assured, if any of your children do present with what I believe a ‘diarrhea cough’ to be, you will probably hear my screams of sheer horror from your home or work place! No phone call required!
I managed to keep my smirk under wraps and they then moved onto the next medical procedure. They asked me what a toy instrument was for and I explained that it was to check your reflexes and then I demonstrated that if you tap your knee gently when your leg is at rest, it will activate your reflex. We all tried it and had some fun and then finally, after I got back to some assessments and let them play on their own, someone informed the class that I was just pretending and the instrument was actually used to suck out your belly button and they had seen the doctor do it before to their mommy. What awesome little imaginations. I love the pictures they conjure up in their heads and, in turn, in my head.
Let us hope, as we approach a lovely weekend, that you too get some amazing little pictures in your head of what it is like to be four again. I sure wish I was, although, if given the choice, I think I’d avoid the diarrhea cough years!