Every year the 2nd Monday in October is celebrated as Columbus Day to recognize Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas. In the world of Early Childhood Education, Columbus Day is a day for Early Childhood Educators to take a step back, refocus and learn. Most Preschools and Day Care Centers in Atlanta are closed on Columbus Day for staff development. Teachers, administrators and staff report to work and typically have a day of training and classes devoted to helping them in their profession. The classes are typically 1 1/2 – 2 hours and usually 3-4 classes are provided. They can cover a variety of topics from being actively engaged with their students, to properly documenting and assessing their students or how to effectively conduct parent/teacher conferences. Sometimes the classes are light and fun and participants learn about songs to sing for their students or neat art projects.
Parents, I know this can be a bit frustrating because you have to find alternate care for your children. I want you to keep in mind that like any profession there is a need to make sure that those who are doing their jobs are receiving the proper training and support to be as effective as possible. I would encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher about the classes that they took this past Monday. You may even be able to suggest certain classes or areas to focus on to Administrators at your child’s school to meet needs that you have noticed. As Columbus set sail to discover new worlds hopefully your child’s school is preparing your little explorer to set sail and explore the world as well.