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3 Things I Learned From the Early Childhood Education Program

Since starting the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in January, I learned more things than I could’ve ever fathomed. Our instructors, Jill Hammer and Miss Pat Bates have been so supportive throughout the course; they are our pillars of strength on the personal front. In every class, they demonstrated how the first five years are really crucial in the life…
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The Challenges of Being an ECE

In every career, there are the amazing days when you feel like you are doing exactly what you should be with your life and then there is the challenging days that make you question everything; being an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) is no different.
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Resources

Resources… One of the most useful tools but most tedious tasks in our program. In the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program we are lucky enough to be given multiple resource ideas and plans that we can create and will be able to use on practicum or throughout our time in the field. Our instructor Sharmaine gives us a number of…
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Balancing School, Work, Family and Friends

Full-time schooling can be challenging, not just because of the workload but also because of the lack of free time after school. Like most of my classmates, and I’m sure a number of the students at Stenberg, I go to school full-time, work part-time and try to find a balance in my personal life as well. At school we always…
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Observe and Report

A large part of being an ECE is observing children and recording and assessing what we see.  Throughout the Early Childhood Education program we go out on observation multiple times in different childcare settings and use the skills we have acquired in class out in the field. This past month we spent 50+ hours in the field observing, at a center…
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Projects, Projects, Projects

In every module of Stenberg’s Early Childhood Education program we always have at least one major assignment or project. So far we have created our ‘dream child care center’ and developed and executed activities that would benefit a child’s S.P.I.C.E. development, which were both group projects. Our first major assignment was to create our ‘dream child care center’. We were given…
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The Start of Something New

Making the transition back into full-time school after being in the workforce for several years was both exciting and nerve-wracking. I was ready to take my next step towards a career that I was passionate about but I was also nervous about the process of getting there.
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Career Strategies Course

Career strategies is, at the time I took my ECE, the last subject we have to do in conjunction with practicums or while finishing resources. In this course they taught us how to prepare a resume  and a cover letter. You could either work with one you already have and updated it as if you already finished you ECE or…
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My Practicum Experience Pt 2

When you start the second part of your Practicum, they expect more from you and by “they” I am referring to our teacher. The reason why is more expected of you for the second practicum is because you already have a sense of what practicum is and what you have to do, like the activities and the preparation and all…
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My Practicum Experience Pt 1

One thing I’m very thankful about the practicums at Stenberg is that the school helped us out with the scheduling of the practicums. They asked us which preschools or childcares we would like to go to and they were the ones making the phone calls and finding us a place to do our practicums. I think that is very helpful,…
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