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Meet Ms. Angie, the Lead Teacher in the Two Year Old classroom at our location on West 21st Street in Wichita, KS. She has worked at Tutor Time for a total of five years but has worked with children since graduating high school, which was when she realized she was meant to teach in an early childhood setting. Read on to learn more about Ms. Angie!
What do you love so much about teaching in early childhood?
I like to play with the kids and watch them learn. When you see an activity that we do kind of click with the students, and you see the excitement that they share, I get excited with them and share in their giggles.
Have you always worked with two-year-olds?
I’ve worked with all the ages. I’ve been with the twos for three years. I love everything about it. I like to see their excitement when they learn.
How is it rewarding for you?
Just to see them come in and give me hugs. Their parents will tell me, “they love you, they talk about you at home,” and that’s kind of rewarding.
Can you talk about how you communicate with the parents at your center?
I communicate with them when they come in and when they leave, of course. When they come in, I just greet them but at the end of the day I always like to tell them something that their child has done.
What does your typical day look like?
I let them do some free play first. Then we do breakfast and after breakfast we do some potty training, then we come back to the carpet and we do part of the curriculum. Then we go outside – they love to go outside. We come in and do some circle time. Then it’s lunchtime and nap. Today I read them a book when they were all sitting on their mats. And then we wake up and have a snack. Then it’s free play in the afternoon. They are learning through play.
You mention potty training. Do you have any potty training pointers to share?
I would say maintain consistency. Do the same thing, the same routine almost every day. The kids know what to expect when we say it’s time to go potty. We just want to get them used to it.
Why do you feel it is important for young children to be enrolled in an early education program?
I think socially, it helps them. These kids soak up so much. I just think it’s really good for them to learn different things. And it prepares them for kindergarten.
What do you love about working at Tutor Time?
I think this is a fabulous place to work. We’re really a big team here. Everybody is working together. It’s kind of like a big family which is really nice. You don’t get that at a lot of places. It’s an enjoyable place to be.