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Dream vs. reality

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The start of a new year always inspires me and motivates me, gets me thinking about all the possibilities to come. It’s weird how I can be so completely exhausted and drained from the year before, but somehow the new year rejuvenates me. Anyone else feel the same?

This year of all years my possibilities are endless. Not being tied down to a job at the moment allows me look into a lot of different options; studying, opening my own business of some kind, trying new things and having the time to be certain that the choices I make are the right ones for my future. The future that God has in store for me.

I have been having lots or conversations with different people who all ask the same question…so what are you going to do this year? And it gets me to thinking of all the dreams I have. The dreams I have career-wise, the dreams I have that are entrenched in Early Childhood and the dreams I have personally.

My dreams change from day to day but it can be a struggle when I sit down and really think about something I want to happen. How can this dream become a reality? What can I do to make it happen? Am I too poor to start my own business? Am I too shy to talk with people I don’t know? Am I too young to make a change? Will I fail?

Whatever your insecurities are, don’t let them stop you from pursuing your dreams. Sure, some of them won’t happen but you will never know until you give it a go! I mean, when I was younger I wanted to have musical stairs in my house. You know the ones that look like a piano and make a sound when you step on them? Let’s be honest, this is probably not going to happen – I’ve moved on a little since I was 10 – but I should never give up hope! Because you just never know, one day I might be playing Chopsticks on my front steps!

I think being practical is a really good idea when trying to pursue your dreams. If you really, really want to fly you probably aren’t going to be able to grow feathers. That’s not to say you won’t fly, you might just need to look into alternatives for flight. Don’t become discouraged if it doesn’t happen the way you expected. I think the key is to not give up, to try other avenues and ask others for help.

So from today I am going to start writing down all my dreams (not the one I always have while I’m asleep where my teeth fall out), writing down all the things I wish to accomplish in my life so that when an opportunity presents itself for me to open my own childcare centre or become an early childhood & family consultant in play or be a Mum or paint for a living or create dolls house furniture or get married or whatever it is God has planned. I’ll be ready and I’ll be prepared.

Don’t give up on your dreams! Make them into your own reality!

Teaching ideas

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So today I thought I might start a collection of resources that will be great for when I am a teacher and maybe even for others…I guess we’ll see 🙂

So this first one is a really cool and easy paint recipe. All you need is 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water and food colouring.

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This next one is probably more of a holiday activity (that I am tempted to try myself :)) but you could totally incorporate it into a lesson somehow! Just colour a pattern onto sandpaper with Crayola crayons and iron it onto a shirt, or canvas bag or whatever your heart desires! Simple and fun!

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I got this one (and most of the others off Pinterest) Now I love bubbles so this one is as fun for me as I imagine it would be for kids. You need an empty plastic water bottle, rubber bands, an old sock, dishwashing detergent and food colouring. So you cut the end off the bottle and put the sock on, securing it with a rubber band. In a bowl or shallow container mix the detergent with some water and dip the sock end into the container. Then you put whatever colours you would like onto the sock and blow through the top of the bottle. This is what you get, so cool!!

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This one not only looks awesome but is a great science project. Just split the ends of a rose, or other flower, and dip into different containers with food colouring in each one. The petals absorb the colours. Seriously, so cool!

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This particular one is pretty self explanatory. It’s a poem to help with subtraction. I wish I had seen this before I went out on one of my uni placements, it would have helped a bunch of kids who struggled to grasp regrouping while subtracting.

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Now this one is something that I found for hanging in your house but I thought it would be an awesome activity to look at colours and nature and all sorts of things! You could do so much, imagination is the only limit 🙂

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This one is really cute and could be used for a gift or turned into anything that interests the child. All you need is some feet and some paint 🙂

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Finally, this particular one is something that I had to make for a uni assignment, it’s a WebQuest aimed at year 2/3 children based on exploring clay. If you like it feel free to use it! I would love for you to let me know what you think of it and how the kids respond to it.

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There will be heaps more teaching resources to come!! If you are looking for inspiration I highly recommend checking out Pinterest as there are so many great ideas on there, I constantly waste hours just looking!