We took a break and now we are back! Welcome!!!
If you are new here, let me introduce myself. I’m Aubrey Edwards and I’m the Executive Director of Bright Beginning Children’s Learning Center. I have worked for BBCLC for 19 years and a total of 23 years in child care. My passion has always been to work with children and to create a safe, positive and fun learning environment for all.
When I first started the blog, it was to focus on how we shifted our preschool into a Positive Preschool. What that means is that, currently three of our teachers and Administration have completed the Positive Education Certification and have been applying everything that was learned and putting it back into the classrooms, with the children as well as the staff and families.
The definition of Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. It was founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work and play.
Each month, Mrs. Whitney Carr (Site Director of Crownsville), Mrs. Brianna Beverly (Assistant Director of Glen Burnie and Pre-K 4/5 Teacher) and I have a meeting where we focus on how to incorporate what we have learned and give the teachers the tools for in the classroom with the children as well as activities, tips, techniques for families at home. We also have team building opportunities, fun facts, and informative information for the staff as well.
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Erica Bury, our Pre-K 3’s Teacher of Crownsville, will be the next one to go through the Positive Education Certification!!!
Last month, we focused on MOVEMENT & GOALS! The teachers and children had a Movement Challenge for in the classrooms and on their own time using Map My Walk. Shout out to EVERYONE that participated, especially for Ms. Jacey Sheppard for winning the challenge! Whoop, Whoop!!!
As we moved into February, we are focusing on KINDNESS & EMPATHY! We had the staff take the Love Language Quiz. Once they completed the test, they put their love language and name on a heart and hung it in the designated area for the other staff to see. The reason for the Love Language quiz is to better understand how others communicate effectively with others as well as how to love your loved ones in a way that makes sense to them.
Here is a breakdown of the FIVE Love Languages.
We encourage you and your family at home to take the Love Language Quiz! These quizzes are made for people of all ages, which will be really beneficial for your littles and what works for them.
If your child scores Quality Time, they feel loved through sharing time with people. Cook together, go on bike rides together, and set aside some one on one time with them throughout the day.
If they score Receiving Gifts, they like receiving gifts that they can treasure. Pick them flowers, or start a treasure box and add to it.
If they score Acts of Service, the love helping others and getting to do things with their parents, but especially independently. Helping washing a car, making their own lunch with minimal help or surprising a family member with something they’ve done for them.
If they score Words of Affirmation, they thrive off of spoken or written encouragement. Write a note; tell them you’re proud and why.
If they score Physical Touch, they love when you are close! Spend an intentional five minutes a day at least being physically present with them.
Be sure to come back next week to continue to discuss the topics of Empathy and Kindness!