The children I have worked with throughout the last decade have helped shape my personality and work ethic. They have made me a more patient, structured, charismatic, and loving individual.
I have learned that in life there needs to be a balance between discipline and structure, and love and fun. Rules are necessary, but everyone needs to be able to have fun and use their creativity. The children I interact with on a daily basis, whether it be my family, the children I babysit, or the ones I've worked with as my time as a camp counselor, have allowed me to use my creative skills and bring out the child in me.
Some of the fondest memories I have working with children are of us singing and dancing along to music. I've found that through music I've been able to teach children the parts of their bodies, colors, numbers and how to treat other people, plus many other important life tips. It is truly an amazing experience being able to teach a child new information and it is one of the aspects of working in childcare that makes me love my job.
Throughout my time in college I worked with 4 different families and the children’s ages ranged from a couple of weeks old to 16 years old. I helped the older children with homework assignments and completed lots of different activities with the younger children, from baking to making crafts.
During the summer before my senior year of college I was an intern at a homeless youth shelter where I worked with 6-18 year old children/young adults. That job is what helped me gain experience working with larger groups of children and lead me to my most recent job working as a camp counselor at a learning center in my hometown.
My greatest experience working with children so far was during the time I was an au pair in Sydney, Australia for 8 months. I worked with 2 girls, ages 1 and 3, who truly have a special place in my heart, as do all the children I’ve worked with in the past.
A little bit more about myself is that I like to keep my mind and body active, whether that has been through reading, exercising, or traveling. I enjoy learning more about the world around me and have found it has made me a more alert and observant person.