About the Author
More About Me:
I have always been in awe of young children. Everything they experience, no matter if it is a worm found in the garden or a flower blossoming in the spring grass, they are instantly overwhelmed with curiosity. When spending time with toddlers and preschoolers, I am reminded how important it means to live in the moment. Children engage with the world in a magical way, sharing their excitement with everyone around them. As soon I set foot in the toddler classroom on my college campus, I knew I wanted my career to include working with preschoolers.
While earning my Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, I became fascinated learning about brain development and the maturity that happens within the first five years of a child's life. Infants and toddlers grow and change so quickly, becoming independent thinkers and problem solvers within, what feels like, a matter of months! A child is always learning (some say they soak up everything like a sponge), while parents support their development through everyday activities.
As a Preschool Director and Preschool Consultation Specialist I was able to create opportunities for children to learn by teaching parents and preschool staff a variety of techniques to embed academics within children's play. As a Parenting Consultant, I helped parents and teachers determine causes of their child's behavior, recommending age-appropriate solutions through behavior training and support. Social skill development is often overlooked, but is key to a successful preschool experience and preparation for Kindergarten.
A few years later, I was offered the opportunity to work as a Early Childhood Developmental Specialist with infants and toddlers with special needs. This career allowed me to join all three of my passions together; helping children, supporting parents and educating professionals. Although I taught children by providing a variety of play and movement activities, it quickly became clear that parental involvement in these therapy sessions (and carryover into daily living) was key to their child’s success.
My work experience has taught me that no matter if a child is typically developing, or has some developmental delays, a parent’s engagement in their child's daily lives directly correlates with their child’s academic and social progress. I wanted to find a way to help all children and families play, learn and grow! Hence, JDEducational was born!
I hope that by completing the JDEducational Curriculum and reading our blog posts, parents will feel empowered to create, explore, teach and experience their child's love for learning. The JDEducational curriculum includes fun and age-appropriate activities which support children's developmental milestones, preparing them for Kindergarten and beyond.
Thank you for your interest in the JDEducational Curriculum. I would love to answer any questions that you may have!
A Little Extra - In Case You're Interested:
* I absolutely love animals. I have had a variety of animals as pets but now am a proud puppy mommy to my Golden Retriever "Kona". One day I hope to have a place large enough to have a pet pig!
* During my free time you can find me anywhere outdoors! I love to kayak, swim, hike and be in nature.
* Travel is our second love. My husband and I enjoy cruising, exploring new cultures and foods and camping!
* Playing Guitar and Country Music is a hobby of mine! I have line danced for years!!
* Mexican food and ice cream are my weakness....!
* I live in Northern California, and LOVE the sun! I can't imagine living in the snow for more than one week!