Are you the type of person who could never seem themselves sitting in a cubicle for nine hours a day? Are you the type of person who likes to be outside a lot? Are you the type of person who enjoys active games and sports? If so Early Childhood Education (ECE) may be the field for you.
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I have worked in the ECE field for over 10 years now as a preschool teacher. One of the perks of my job is how often I get to go outside and or engage in active games with the students. I am not the type of person who would be happy staring at a computer screen all day and as a preschool teacher I don’t have to. In the winter, I get to help my students build snowmen and snow forts all in the name of helping them develop science and gross motor skills. In the spring, we go on nature walks to look for signs of spring like baby ducklings learning to swim and flowers budding in the Boston Public Garden. In the summer, I get to play in soccer, basketball, kickball, and baseball games against competitive 4 and 5 year olds who would give David Ortiz and Candace Parker a run for their money. When fall arrives, my students and I can go outside and gather up the falling leaves to use in our sensory table. Even when the weather is too frigid to go outside, we can play active indoor games like freeze dance in order to help the children be active and get their energy out.
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These are not the types of activities that one gets to do in many nine to five jobs. Moreover, the perks of the active nature of the ECE field may have positive impacts on your life and health. Many recent studies have shown that sitting down all day can have negative consequences on your health. I will guarantee you that working with children between the ages of birth to five will cause you to move around just to try to keep up with them.
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Through the Early Childhood Education courses at Fisher College, you can learn to create energetic activities and games that will both get children moving and help them learn more about how the world works; moreover while the children are moving, learning and having fun, you will be too.
What are some of your favorite memories from preschool? Let us know in the comments below.