Collaborative Leaning Community Final Blog

 

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Hello early childhood educators around the world. As we come full circle together to this final week of this semester I feel immensely grateful for the knowledge and insight I have gained from each of you. I could go back through each of your blog’s, and posts and share different things each of you have taught me this semester however, I feel that wouldn’t truly justify the impact you have made on my life. I have had an extraordinary eight weeks. My family moved to Arizona, I started a new job in Phoenix for the Head Start Program which I love, and I had this course with each of you and our marvelous professor Dr. Nigel. We are each here because we believe in early childhood and what it stands for. Thank You for supporting and teaching in the early childhood field. You are needed and appreciated more then you know! Have an outstanding fall semester!

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Three consequences I have gained about in the international early childhood field for my professional development are:

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  1. My personal awareness viewpoint has expanded this semester as I have studied and communicated with people from other countries. I have been blessed with a great wealth of knowledge that I have gained with new colleagues that are from other countries that I now work with on a daily basis. As I communicate with them on a daily basis the one thing that stands out to me is that family is important. They don’t care about how much money they earn, or what kind of clothes they wear, or how many people are living in their home, they care about the love and support they receive from their family. I also have a firm belief in family and how important my own family is to me. Yet, many of these wonderful colleagues are separated from their mom’s, dads, grandparents, sisters and brothers, because they live in the United States. When they talk about their family they talk about the cherished memories from home and their favorite meals, or their favorite place to go. They talk about having big family gatherings where there was very little food yet so much love to go around. They talk about mom being home when they get home from school and she always gave a listening ear. They talk about dancing together and sharing music from their culture. I issues and trends I have received from these awesome colleagues is that wealth doesn’t come from money and material goods it comes from the heart. I will always cherish the insight I have gained from these marvelous people. Retrieved from https://images.search.yahoo.com
  2. My local viewpoint has changed professionally this semester as I have studied and talked to fellow colleagues about health conditions, poverty, homelessness, and lack of food and water in other countries. These are issues and trends that I have taken for granted in the United States because even though I have lived in poverty and had no health insurance for my children when they were young. There were other resources that I found to help me face these issues. My son David had severe Asthma and lived in and out of the hospital and we had no insurance which was very costly. I found a wonderful organization called the Mott Foundation that ran Mott Children’s health Center. I was accepted and went there for free medical care for my children. The doctor would have me bring my son and other two children to the clinic when they opened and have us stay until they closed at 7pm so David could receive breathing treatments every two hours. This kept him out of the hospital and helped my husband and I not go into further dept for hospital and childcare costs. There was also a food commodity that provided free cheese which was a wonderful staple to my family. The WIC program was also a great benefit to my children and I throughout my pregnancies and my children’s first five years. I received milk, cereal, peanut butter, and juice for myself and children. As I researched and talked top colleagues about their countries these programs don’t exist. UNICEF is a marvelous organization that is working toward helping children have a future. They provide food, immunizations, health care, and protection from harm. This is costly and there is so much more they can do with our sup

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    3. My final consequence of issues and trends that I have obtained about the international Early childhood field for my personal development is that I can be an advocate with other early childhood educators around the world and write letters to my congressmen. I can be a voice about the poverty and living conditions of children throughout the world and in my own community. I can volunteer for these organizations and in my community to help alleviate hunger and homelessness. I can speak out at conferences and with business people in the community about the importance of early childhood and the need to help all children receive an education so they can have a future. I can make a difference and so can you. We just need to have a willing heart. 

     

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    Fellow colleagues,I thank you for your insight and experiences you have shared with me this semester. I feel invigorated as I continue forth on my path toward my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I wish each of you a joyous fall semester as each of you continues on your journey towards your Master’s Degree in the Early Childhood Field. Have a marvelous week!

    Tammy