It is always so good to have all the staff back for our back-to-school meeting. This year we had a photography theme so it was the perfect way to use our HURRAH as the title.
For those of you new to us, we have little “hurrahs” we do at the end of music that just celebrate us and help indicate this is over and we are moving on to a new activity. You can look forward to learning about those this year.
It is important for our staff to connect so we did that first. With our photography theme we shared our first and last photos that are saved on our phones. It really brought about some good conversation.
Next we covered the important items that we all need to know to keep children safe, help things run smoothly, etc. I like to have fun, even in meetings, so we did this as a game show.
We spent some time talking about why we take so many photos of the kids. We reinforced our belief that a . . .
a picture is worth a thousand words!
We have heard from families over the years how much they appreciate seeing their child’s day in action. Having the DVD’s or printed pictures are also wonderful memory keepsakes.
So we spent some time talking about makes a good photo. One of those aspects is light. We talked about how we can bring the best “light” into our classrooms. Through our connections with God we carry the light of his love to reach out to everyone; each other, our kids, our families and the community around us!
Another way to bring the best out of a child in a photo – well in EVERYTHING – is to really get to know them. I shared this quote from one of my trainings this summer.
You have to reach a child before you teach a child.
Temperament is an important part of each child. This is a topic we spent quite a bit of time learning about.
I used a lot of information from these two books for this in-service training. I wish I had some of this information when I was raising my own kids. We have these two books in our parent library if you are interested.
Temperament Tools; Working with Your Child’s Inborn traits, by Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N. with Diane Clark Johnson
Raising Your Spirited Child, by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D
We followed our meeting with a wonderful lunch provided by our Preschool Board. These ladies worked hard for us!