PARENTING 101 (FROM 0 TO 6 MONTHS) – FREE PRINTABLE INFOGRAPHIC

(Podéis leer este artículo en Español aquí. ♦ Podem ler este artigo em Português aqui.)

Hi there again!

As you may know, I’m a kindergarten teacher and a young mum. I’ve learned a lot in these past 8 months, but especially I’ve learned to understand what most of my kids’ mums/dads (when I was working) were feeling when they were worried about eating, sleeping, pooping and all of those baby things. In those times I would listen to them and feel sympathy for their doubts and problems and I would help them, feeling myself pretty comfortable because I had red so many books about babies and childhood. But now I see that, although I felt sympathetic, I was not 100% understanding. Now I can say that theory is a beautiful thing and knowledge is never enough, but there’s nothing like practice to really learn and get the know how about things!

So, taking in consideration both theory and practice, I summarized the first 6 months of my maternity. This is very personal and you should take in consideration that what worked for me may not work for you. Every baby is different! And also every couple form a different team with a different parenting style!

Just click on one of the images to download both PDFs.

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I hope you like it! Feel free to leave your opinion on a comment!

Educative Resources #3: ALLERGIES AND FEEDING HABITS TABLES

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Today I want to show you two very important tables that I normally use in class.

I use the first table in babies’ class and it helps me to know which food each baby is already eating. As you may know, from when they are 6 months old babies start to being introduced to some new foods in their eating habits (leaving the exclusively milk feeding apart) and it’s very important that at school we follow the directions parents give us concerning that.

This table is really easy to use: just write the name of the baby in the first column; in case the baby has some intolerance or allergy to a kind of food you write it on the second column; and in the third column just write the foods the baby has already eaten at home (you should never introduce a new food at school before the baby has tried it at home) and keep adding foods as time passes by.

Just click on the images so you can download the tables in a PDF format.

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The second table refers only to allergies and it is to be shared with other colleagues. It’s important that the kitchen staff knows about kids’ allergies so they can cook separately for those who suffer any kind of food allergy or intolerance. It’s also very important your other colleagues know about your kids’ food allergy, since you are not with them all the time, every day. So, if one of your colleagues has to feed your children she has to control what they can and cannot eat. That’s why there’s a rectangle for a photo, because it’s very hard to memorize all the school kids’ names, especially at the beginning of the school year.

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So, tell me about your school, do you use this kind of tables there? Do you think they are helpful? Would you add anything else to these tables?

Educative Resources #2: WEEK PLANNER FOR KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS (HOW TO USE ONE)

(Podem ler este artigo em Português aqui. Podéis leer este artículo en Español aquí.)

Do you remember when I said here that I like to make plans and tables? Well, I do! So, today I have another Educative Resource I normally use when I work in a school. I started to use this table in the university and it was given by my teachers. Since then, I’ve made some changes to better fit my needs. This resource is my Week Planner — the table I use to prepare all the activities for my kids. I don’t include here all the daily routines. For those I have a special table and I’ll publish it in another post. After the image I’ll briefly explain how I fill this planning table.

Just click on the image so you can download the table in a PDF format.

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Yes, I plan every week! First, together with all my school colleagues, we make an annual plan for the school year. This Annual Project is divided by trimesters. Then, with my class colleague, we plan every month and finally we plan each week. It isn’t so hard, trust me and helps us a lot in a daily basis.

So, without any further delay, let’s see how do I fill this table.

1. LEFT TOP RECTANGLE: school name/logo;
2. WEEK (from day “x” to day “y”), PROJECT UNIT (as I said, we plan the school year and we divide it by trimesters. Here you should put the trimester’s name/title/theme), CLASS (class name), GROUP (how many kids), CONTENTS (keywords for this week’s plan), TEACHERS (names);
3. ACTIVITY: the name of the main activity for that day. Sometimes we had more than one main activity for the day, so we simply enlarged and divided this row;
4. APPROXIMATE DURATION: how long will the activity take? More a less, of course, because you never know exactly…;
5. MATERIALS: you should know in advance witch materials you’ll need for each activity, this will save you a lot of time and help you to have the activity prepared before you initiate it with the kids;
6. SPECIFIC GOALS: no, not that kind of goals you see on the text book. What do you really pretend to achieve with this activity? For example, I think my kids are very stressed and I really think they should rest a bit. So, my main goal for a relaxation activity is to get them to be calm and relaxed. But I may also want them to practice some relaxation techniques so they can use them later by themselves. Or one of my specific goals may be for instance that I want them to listen to new music that they don’t yet know. Did I make myself clear? If not, please leave your doubts in the comments section;
7. STRATEGIES: every activity has a beginning, a middle and an end, so here you should describe how your activity will be developed. This is very very useful! It helps you to know exactly what you will do, how you will do it, where and with whom;
8. EVALUATION: this part is a bit hard and it takes effort. After each activity you should answer a set of questions in order to be a better educator/teacher. This evaluation last part is very important if you want — and I suppose we all do — to be better and better at your job. It helps you to think about what you did, what you should have done and what will you do the next time. It’s here so you can make an introspective reflection about you and your work. The first question you should ask yourself is if you achieved or think your kids achieved all the specific goals you planned for the activity. Then you should ask if the materials you used were well chosen and if you planned right the time and the development of the activity. You can also make — in a different sheet, of course — a small summary of what happened.

And that’s it! What do you think? Did I help you? Do you see yourself using a table like this?

Educative Resources #1: OBSERVATION TABLES FOR THE BABIES’ CLASS

(Podem ler este artigo em Português aqui. Podéis leer este artículo en Español aquí.)

Everybody that knows me in person and have worked with me knows that I love to plan and make all sort of tables. My colleagues from Spain even used to make fun of this obsession of mine, but the truth is that these tables really help and facilitate our kindergarten teacher job.

So, from this day on I will post some resources that I’ve created while I was working and that you can use as you want. These tables are very personal and were created specifically thinking about my needs, so it’s possible that they might not fit yours, although I hope they help you a bit.

These first ones I used in the Babies’ class and were used to keep me and the class organized, since I was alone with 8 babies with ages from 6 months till 1 year old. Basically these tables were there so I could answer to the parents’ questions at the end of the day.

These are monthly tables so you don’t have to print frequently and waste a lot of paper. I hope you like them and if you decide to use them please tell me how it went!

NOTE: there are 8 columns, each one corresponds to a baby and you should write the baby’s name on the top of the column.

Just click on the images so you can download the tables in a PDF format.

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