It has been a long time since I posted. Most of that comes from the fact that we are in a pandemic. I moved all of my preschool to distance learning and worked on filming videos for my youtube channel. I had to give him filming regular videos though because I needed to concentrate on being ready for the preschool students who appeared within my Google Meet window every Tuesday and Thursday and Wednesday the individual times I needed to work on for my students.
In doing all of this I was also providing Preschool bags and my income had dropped to 50 percent. But I was lucky. While many educators were fighting their clients for half their pay while asking the provider to keep their spots and provide educational experiences for their children, I did not have to do so. My clients were so great in making sure they paid even half their tuition, that it made me go the extra mile for them.
I used Experience Early Learning curriculum to help me provide the educational tools needed to continue learning their learning at home. And the video above is clear proof of how I was willing to make a fool of myself in order to provide some semblance of normalcy.
As I moved through the weeks and finished up the paperwork to buy a house to expand my preschool (INSANITY!), I became increasingly more and more concerned that my dreams of being a preschool that was embedded in the neighborhood and providing a much needed service would be crushed. I was a military provider and we had no guidance about how unemployment would work for us. I was adrift and stressed. But I have been pushing forward.
And now here it is, July and I am a month from my Grand Re-opening and we are facing a re-surge in cases. I have worked very hard and created the classroom of my dreams, gotten my license from the state of California and I am currently full. The uncertainty that is coming with not knowing if I will continue to have a business in 2021 is astounding.
I will continue to move forward though. Because I have had this dream since I was five years old and I want to continue to in this career field. In order to do that I have to over come my fears of the future. So in an effort to do just that I have made some goals for myself that will help get to a new normal.
1. I am going to be posting once a week on this blog and my consulting blog.
2. I will post on video a week to my youtube channel.
3. I will begin offering webinars on certain topics that are childcare and early education related.
4. I am going to begin researching and writing a book on working as an Early Education Educator.
If you are having fears about the future leave them in the comments. Lets talk it out.
Live Long and Keep Teaching,