Early Childhood Studies – a Global Perspective

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Tales that touch the heart…

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Children usually notice what you wear, and they are good at complimenting you. I like wearing bracelets. A four-year-old girl saw my bracelet with different charms on it. She said, “I like your bracelet. I want to have one like that toobracelet.” I said maybe one day if I am not too busy in my office; I will visit your class, and we can make one for you. We need to ask permission from your teacher first. We had this conversation on a few occasions until I finally asked her teacher if I can come to work with her. We sat down together and talked about what pattern she wanted for her bracelet. As soon as I helped her knot the end of the string, she was happy to work on her own beside me. Some of her friends, boys and girls, came to join us. I enjoyed watching them giving suggestions to each other and helping those who were struggling with the stringing. By the time I left the class, half of the class were wearing bracelets. Before I left, the little girl thanked me. A few hours later, the little girl saw me in the hallway. She ran up to me, gave me a tight hug and said, “Ms. Pam, thank you for coming to help me make my bracelet.” I walked away from the group of children with tears in my eyes.

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Author: pamcee70

My name is Pam Castillo. I have been in the field of education for 24 years now. Although I have taught some levels in grade school, I have spent most of my years teaching children aged two to six years old. I am always amazed by the interactions I have every day with children. In an environment where children feel safe, they are confident to explore and make discoveries. These experiences prepare them for the bigger challenges in the future. I feel privileged to be a part of the learning journey of these young children especially if they still come to see me and reminisce the years we worked together.

4 thoughts on “Tales that touch the heart…

  1. Pam, this is so touching and elating at the same time; leaving an indelible mark in the heart of a child. It must really feel wonderful. I hope to be able to touch a little soul like this in the nearest future. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Adebukola, this little girl is from your home country. I used to spend a lot of time with her when during her class’quiet time. We usually sit in a corner quietly drawing pictures of her favorite princesses. I have seen her journey from the time she started scribbling only unitl she can draw detailed and colourful pictures. All these happened in a very short period of time! Amzing how fast children develop.

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  2. Pamela, this is such a sweet story! It is amazing how the little things we do can make such a huge difference in the life of a child. This is one of the reasons I chose to work with children, they teach me to take pleasure in the small things. I also find that they remember almost everything! Several weeks ago I had lunch with one of our PreK classes and I mentioned to a little boy that my parents are both named Chris (the child’s name is Christopher, we call him CJ) and yesterday I walked into his classroom and he said, “Ms. Sara, how are Chris and Chris doing? It was such a heartwarming moment!

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    • It is great to hear all these heart-warming stories. I think as early childhood teachers, we can pull all these stories and create a book that can re-teach adults all the values that seem to be forgotten … something like, “Values We Learn from Children”.

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