Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Megan at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Megan at Sussex!

How long have you been working at momentum?4THJULY5
March 2018

What classroom do you teach?
Trailblazing Tots

What made you want to become a teacher?
In high school, I wanted to become a marine biologist or zoologist but that fell through because it was out of state for college. Then senior year I volunteered at Pewaukee Elementary and loved working one and one with kids, and as a group. After high school at Pewaukee I went to WCTC to get my associates degree in Early Childhood Education and Instructional Assistant. This fall my plan is to go to Alverno to get my Bachelors Degree in Education.

megan7What/who inspires you?
Walt Disney. He failed so many times but did not give up. He believed in that one thing (Mickey Mouse) to succeed, which made many people happy.

What is one of your first memories from school?
I was the only person in my family to go to Pre-K because I did not talk until I was five ( shocking I know ). I remember the yellow school bus getting me from my house and how much fun I had going off to school by myself.

What is one of your hidden talents?
I can move my kneecap and I’m double jointed in both arms.

megan2Do you have any pets?
Tom and I have a black lab/pit mix (we think that’s what she is) named Shadow. We named her that because when she was little she was scared of her own shadow.megan6

What is your favorite thing to cook?
Well, Ms. Megan doesn’t cook or the fire department would be at the house all the time 😂 but my favorite food is spaghetti!

What is your favorite way to relax?
When I’m not at the race track with Tom, I like to lay around with a coloring book and listen to music, or watch Netflix.

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What is your favorite TV show?
Pretty Little Liars, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings, or The Fosters.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
When all the kids are healthy and have a smile on there faces! Also when you walk in the room and they scream your name and give you a big hug in the morning, or even after nap.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
Wake up (on time), I get in my car and turn on Disney music, and stop at Starbucks to get a java chip fappacino. I love walking into trailblazing tots to hear all the kids scream “MEGAN” with their arms open wide for a hug!

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
It is a very reward job watching the kids learn and grow each day. Teachers don’t go into the job to make a ton of money. It is always the outcome that is such a reward. There is never a dull moment in teaching and each day is different. Seeing all the smiling faces and all the hugs you can get throughout the day can change a teachers’s day for the better. I wouldn’t ask for any other job. Teaching and helping children is where I’m supposed to be!

If you could take your class anywhere in the world for a field trip, where would you go?megan4 megan5

Disney World! Just seeing the smiles on children’s faces at Disney World could make anyone happy. The excitement you feel when you walk down Main Street to see the castle makes you forget about the outside world and reality. Plus, I love Disney so I would have fun too!

 

 

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Jill B.

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Jill at Germantown…

How long have you worked at Momentum?

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1 Year

What classroom do you teach?

Lively Learners

What made you want to become a teacher?

When I was little, I wanted to be a preschool teacher in Congo, Africa. I fell in love again with teaching when I interned at the Milwaukee Public Museum during their summer camp program in 2010.

What or who inspires you?

My students inspire me.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)

Science and art.

What is one of your first memories from school?

Playing Mrs. Washington in the kindergarten product of “About George Washington and The Cherry Tree.”

What is one of your hidden talents?

I really don’t have one.IMG_0229

Do you have any pets?

I have a cat named Mitzy.

What is your favorite thing to cook? (if you don’t like to cook, what is your favorite food?)

Anything! I love to cook and bake. I am teaching myself how to decorate cakes.

What is your favorite way to relax?

Hanging out at home watching movies with my boyfriend and cat.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?

IMG_0231Supernatural. I have been watching since I was 15…I even got to meet one of the main characters! (Check out the photo!)

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?

Getting to play with the kids and watching them have fun with the activities I planned.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?

When my first alarm goes off my cat jumps on me to get in one last snuggle, then I get up, get dressed, eat and leave to start me day.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?

Getting to see the look of excitement when a child masters a skill for the first time.

IMG_0230If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

C.A.R.E. in South Africa. I would love to teach them about conservation and show them the cute baboons.

 Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lori at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Lori at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?IMG-7592
I have worked at Momentum for a little over two years.

What classroom do you teach?bluepuppet
When I first began teaching here, I worked as a floater.  A few months later, I landed happily in CC2.

What made you want to become a teacher?
I loved school and I loved to learn. In first grade, I decided I wanted to be a teacher. (and a ballerina!)  Later on I also realized how much I enjoyed being with young children, and Early Childhood Education was a perfect fit.

What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by those who show kindness toward others, positivity, generosity of spirit, forgiveness, empathy and those people brave enough to fight for what they believe in.

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When I taught ‘older children’ (3, 4 5 year olds), I thought of myself as more of a facilitator rather than a teacher.  I believed in creating a classroom environment rich in hands on opportunities: fun learning centers, lots of books, puzzles, file folder games. The preschoolers learned without realizing they were learning!! I especially enjoyed Social studies, Science and introducing students to the wonderful world of Children’s Literature. Now that I work with infants, I find that they are teaching ME!  I am fascinated by their developing social skills, which begin much younger than I ever realized.  I love nurturing and bonding with my babies, helping them feel safe and secure while they are at Momentum.  It’s exciting for me to watch their excitement when we sing songs, play on the floor together, and introduce them to simple sights and experiences for the first time.  (new foods, finger paint, grass, fur, colorful balls, toys…..the list goes on) And I still love reading to those that are interested!! 🙂

What is one of your first memories from school?
I remember chart stories and learning to read in 1st grade. We still had reading groups back then! A whole new world was opening up.Lori

What is one of your hidden talents?
Sadly, I have no talents, hidden or otherwise.  I dabble in lots of things, but that’s about it.  Wait…I’m a good speller…does that count?

Do you have any pets?Lori2
I love animals and house pets.  Right now, I only have two fur-children….Lola and Rico.  They are brother and sister yorkie-poos. I also have a grand dog-ter and two grand cats.  At my peak, I had three dogs, two cats, a bird and a guinea pig.  I’ve also had a pet rat, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, an aquarium, turtles, hermit crabs, frogs, fish….pretty much everything, except a horse.  I’d like to have a tea cup piggy someday.

Lori3What is your favorite thing to cook?
I don’t cook much anymore, but if any of my adult children come home, I am happy to cook or bake anything they remember fondly from their childhood. Lori4

What is your favorite way to relax?
Relaxing for me usually involves a book…in front of a fireplace in winter or in my yard in summer.  I also find gardening to be relaxing, as well as, spending time with my dogs, and being in and among nature.Lori5

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
I don’t watch much TV, but I do enjoy ‘This Is Us’, ‘Amazing Race’, and ‘Last Man Standing.’

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum begins with the happy faces of the children as they come into the building…so much enthusiasm even at 7:00 in the morning! Then there are the friendly greetings from the parents and the camaraderie among my co-teachers…lots of smiles and laughs.  When all of our CC2 babies are healthy and content, that’s the icing on the cake.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I wake up early.  Sometimes I read the prior day’s newspaper. Almost always I have coffee.  My dogs and I like to walk around the yard and see what’s blooming (in the summer obviously). I Snapchat my son…we have quite a streak going….and do a few chores because I like coming home to a clean house.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
I’ve spent my entire working career as a teacher.  I love watching a child’s skills grow and develop…those ‘aha’ moments for them and me when I know I’ve had a hand in their learning. Whether it’s academic or social, it is so gratifying (and humbling) to think I may have a positive effect on a child’s life. Children are so honest and eager and their excitement is contagious.  And, of course, the affection and the hugs and snuggles that I get everyday…well that’s the best of the best.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I honestly wouldn’t want to take my class on a field trip!  I would, however, love to see each CC2 baby have the opportunity to take a family trip to Africa and go on safari.  I’d be happy to chaperone!

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Liz at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing Ms. Liz at Germantown…

How long have you worked at Momentum?

I started January 22nd…so, around 6 months.

IMG_7053What classroom do you teach?

I’m one of the lead teachers in Creative Explorers!

What made you want to become a teacher?

It’s what I’ve wanted to do since high school. Right after graduating, I got a job as a teacher in a little church in 2003. The rest was history.

What or who inspires you?

My mom for her tenacity and fighting spirit. Also, anyone who

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reminds me to stay grateful and positive. As well as, the kids who remind me to hold on to those childhood values we often loose as adults.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?

Art! I went to school for Early Childhood Education, but also fine art. I love to the combine the two fields at work.

What is one of your first memories from school?

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I don’t remember much when I was little, but I do remember something somewhat funny…We were on a field trip to a farm where I was balancing on a plank and I fell into a pit of manure! Ha! Not fun!!

What is one of your hidden talents?

Art, drawing, etc. Anything creative, I used to do lots of creative writing too.

Do you have any pets?

Yes. We have 4 cats. I LOVE animals. When we get our house..(or farm)..I want two/three dogs, bunnies, goats, snakes, etc.

What is your favorite thing to cook?

I Love to cook. My family is huge into cooking and taught me a lot. My favorite thing

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to cook is French cuisine, because it comes naturally to me, and uses such simple, farm ingredients.

IMG_7056What is your favorite way to relax?

Canoeing, relaxing on a sunny patio or terrace on the water, camping in my Dads RV in the woods, or chilling with my family or in-laws on their boat!

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?

Master Chef, House Hunters, Law and Order SVU, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?

The days with happy kids who get along, keep busy and when your lesson goes well and the kids enjoy it!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?

Pretty simple…I wake up, get ready, start the coffee, feed the kitties and out the door I go!

What is the best thing about being a teacher?IMG_4458

Being the “foundation” of a child’s education. It’s so great to be greeted by happiness and hugs every day. Seeing kids absorb the lessons you teach is great, but hearing “I love you, Ms. Liz,” takes the cake.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

The Betty Brinn science museum! I loved it as a kid and know my class would too! Otherwise, a large motor field trip where they could run, jump, etc!

 Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Jenna at Sussex

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing

Introducing, Ms. Jenna at Sussex!

How long have you worked at Momentum?
pinkOne year. I started working at Momentum in May of 2017

What classroom do you teach?
Little Scholars

What made you want to become a teacher?
Growing up, I did lots of volunteer work with kids. Through these experiences I found out that I loved working with kids, Becoming a teacher seemed like a perfect fit for me.

jenna5What or who inspires you?
My family inspires me to be the best version of myself. They are always there to lift me up and jennafsupport me. My family really means a lot to me!

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?
Fine motor activities and small group activities are my favorite to teach. I love planning the games and activities that are offered at center time everyday!

What is one of your first memories from school?
I remember being nervous to start school, as I was a quiet and shy girl, but once I made friends school was a great experience for me!

What is one of your hidden talents?
Baking is one of my hidden talents. In my free time I love to bake! I even went to culinary jennaf2school for a year.

Do you have any pets?
No

What is your favorite thing to cook?
I love to bake! My favorite things to bake are cookies and cakes.

What is your favorite way to relax?
Watching TV or movies, and spending time with my close friends and family.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
I watch quite a few TV shows but my favorites are Lost, The Vampire Diaries, and Game of Thrones.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?Walking into my classroom and being greeted with excitement and lots of hugs from my students. A good day is also when my students are engaged in activities, and most importantly, just having fun!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
On my commute to work each morning I listen to my favorite songs in the car. I pick songs that are going to put me in a good mood and help me get excited for my day.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
jennaf4The best thing about being a teacher is being able to make a meaningful impact on a young child’s life. Getting to see each of your students grow and develop over their time with you is very rewarding.

If you could take your class on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would take my class to a National Park. Throughout my childhood, my family visited many different National Parks around the U.S. and now I have a great appreciation for them. I would love to share that same experience with my class.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Parent and Child Date Ideas

Finding fun, kid friendly activities and outings can be a challenge, but it is important to spend that quality time together. By frequently going on new outings, you get to share exciting new experiences and immerse your children into new environments and social situations. It can be daunting to take your temperamental toddler or stubborn three year old out somewhere new, but every time you do can be an excellent learning experience! Take the time to plan out fun “dates” with you and your child, especially now since you have many options for adventure in the summer!

It’s also important to facilitate one-on-one time with mom and dad separately to build those special bonds with both parents. It makes your child feel special and you’ll even find that they are more open with you because they are just so excited to spend that quality time with mom or dad. These date nights remind parents how important it is to simply listen to your child and make special memories together. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Explore a nearby river, lake, or local beach
  • Take a picnic lunch to the park
  • Choose a new plant at a local nursery and plant it at homegarden
  • Have a star gazing night with lots of pillows and blankets outside (and snacks of course)
  • Bake something together
  • Make dinner together – Homemade pizza is always easy and fun!
  • Go roller skating
  • Go see a play
  • Go to the Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Go to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – A new “Science City” Exhibit will be opening on July 3rd! Check out their website for other fun events happening this summer! https://www.bbcmkids.org/events/
  • Make a huge fort with blankets and pillows
  • Go to a Milwaukee Brewer’s Game – Tailgating is always fun, but so is hopping on one of the local shuttles for a bus ride that drops you right at the front of the stadium!
  • Play a sport of your choice in the backyard
  • Go out for frozen yogurt where your child can choose all of the crazy toppings they want icecream
  • Go for a bike ride or walk somewhere you haven’t been before. There are so many different park
  • Go strawberry or blueberry picking
  • Go to a farmer’s market
  • Go to a yoga class – there is FREE yoga every Saturday at Cathedral Square Park in Milwaukee with a Farmer’s Market to follow! yoga
  • Have a game night with fun appetizers for dinner
  • Go to an indoor rock climbing wall – Adventure Rock now has two locations with one in Brookfield and a new facility in Milwaukee. Their auto-belays are perfect for children and parents who don’t know how to manually belay! If you do want to learn more about climbing, they also have great classes!rocks
  • Go fishing
  • Do an art project together! Go to a local craft store to pick out the materials and get creative!
  • Take a painting class or pottery class together! Uptown Art in Sussex has many kid friendly classes and The Potter’s Shop in Waukesha also has classes.
  • Get dressed up and go to a fancy restaurant. A great opportunity to practice proper restaurant etiquette and table manners!
  • Go to the movies! $5 Tuesdays are at the Marcus Theatres. Also, June 24th– August 29th is the Kids Dream Film Series at Marcus Theatres, where select movies are just $3 on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesdays at 10 am.
  • Go to a book store and choose a new book
  • Go to the public library and pick out new books. There are also many fun programs that the libraries provide in the summer, and it’s free!reading
  • Go bowling
  • Go miniature golfing
  • Go for a nature walk and take photos
  • Cool down on a hot day and go ice skating. Local ice rinks like Nagawaukee Ice Arena and Eble Ice Arena have open skate to the public from 1-3pm. It’s always good to call ahead to make sure there aren’t any special events going on!
  • Go to the Milwaukee County Zoo – Have you seen their new Otter Exhibit?!zoo

 

 

 

Pinterest is a great resource for parents looking for child friendly outings. Your local community also might have a website with a calendar of family friendly events. We hope some of these ideas will inspire you to get out and try something new with your child! Remember, they are only little once and those early bonding moments are so important for every child’s social emotional development.

Pictures for this blog were found on the following websites:

https://www.whattoexpect.com/toddler/photo-gallery/games-that-teach-preschooler-shapes.aspx

https://www.masterfile.com/search/en/eating+icecream+with+dad

https://adventurerock.com/camps/

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Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family

At Momentum Early Learning we hold four very important Core Values: Safety, Education, Cleanliness, and Technology. To maintain our higher standard of child care, we focus on education and curriculum. We asked Ms. Kelsi to show the importance of being outside and some activities to jump start your summer!

Summer is now approaching and you can feel it in the air. Some of the best activities happen in the summer because you can take all of the same subjects of learning, outside! Blocks, puzzles, games and art are not just made to be used inside. There are many old activities that you can make new again with a twist of the outdoors. Did you know that there are benefits to being outside? These benefits range from teaching responsibility, promoting creativity and imagination, as well as reducing stress and getting our bodies moving. Going outside is not only important for kids but adults as well. Here are a few summertime outdoor activities for your whole family!

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This activity promotes creativity but and conscious thinking about what move to make next in the game. Spend time painting rocks with two sets of certain colors and get creative. This bumble bee and lady bug design is too cute not to share!

Tie Dye with a Twist

If your family is a little bit competitive, like many I know, this is a great activity to incorporate into your summer agenda. Tie dying with a twist. Instead of tying up your shirts and trying to get all of the dye to soak in, try this instead! Hang your white items up on a clothes line, fill up squirt guns with the mixed up and color dye, and then have a water fight at your t-shirts! What a fun new way to tie dye, and the product is a cool t-shirt to show off and share.tie dyeee

Birds Nest Nature Activity

While you are out an about bring a bag and fill it with everything nature provides. Sticks, rocks, feathers, grass, etc. Fill it with as many different types of materials possible and together build a bird’s nest. Which one is the sturdiest? Which one is the softest? Not only are you learning about the environment, but you also get to take a nature walk as well.

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Solar Oven S’Mores

Food is something that is loved by most, so why not put a twist on the age of sweet treat of S’Mores by making them in a homemade solar oven! This activity is something that all ages can enjoy, especially the yummy s’more at the end! The link is attached below on the steps to creating your own solar oven.

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Side Walk Sponge Toss

This game aids not only cognitive development like thinking critically, but it also helps mathematic and physical development. On the driveway draw 4 circles all inside of one another, and label each circle with a number. For older kids you may want to do groups of 10, or even 1-4 would work for the younger kids. At different points outside of the circle add in shapes. Each child stands in the shape and tries to throw a wet sponge as close as they can to the middle (like darts) and add up the points at the end. You can cool down during this game and work on number identification and adding skills!

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No matter what activities your family decides to do this summer, make sure you take the time to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. There are so many different things you can do throughout the summer to cool off, work on cognitive skills, physical skills, and most importantly make memories. There are many different resources out there that you can use to explore all that nature has to offer. Here are a few for you to explore:

https://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/

https://www.parenting.com/family-time/activities/10-awesomely-messy-outdoor-activities-kids

https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/50-outdoor-summer-activities-for-kids/

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com

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Resources:

Child Mind Institute. Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature. Retrieved from: https://childmind.org/article/why-kids-need-to-spend-time-in-nature/

 

 

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Shauna

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing, Ms. Shauna at Germantown…dhgfd

How long have you worked at Momentum?

A little over a month

What classroom do you teach?

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What made you want to become a teacher?

My speech teacher in Kindergarten, Ms. Fleur.

What or who inspires you?

My speech teacher from Kindergarten. She inspired me by always being very positive. She always took the time to work with me to achieve my goals. Ms. Fleur always pushed me to achieve my goals.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach? (sensory, gross motor, etc.)

I like to teach gross motor activities. It is always exciting to see a child start to crawl and meet their milestones.

 

What is one of your first memories from school?

Walking in the doors and seeing all the different art that kids did from last year.

What is one of your hidden talents?

I like to write children’s books. I get inspired by anything around me. I recently wrote one on Fireflies.

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What is your favorite thing to cook? (if you don’t like to cook, what is your favorite food?)

BBQ Pulled Pork and Lasagnafgd

What is your favorite way to relax?

Watching TV and spending time with my family.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?

I am a fan of the vampire type series. My favorite series has to be The Originals, but my guilty pleasure is fruit snacks. My favorite flavor is: Strawberry.

What makes a “good day” at Momentum?

When my babies in my classroom are happy. Seeing them smile and laugh brings me such joy.

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?

I drink my cold mocha coffee and sit outside in the mornin

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g to enjoy the weather. Then I get my children ready to go to school.

What is the best thing about being a teacher? 

I absolutely love to see how I have made them happy. Seeing their smiling faces is all I need.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would take my class to Florida. I would take them to the beach so they can take their shoes off to feel the sand in between their toes.

 

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.

Golden Hearts Educating Young Minds

Education is one of the most valuable things you can give your child. Education in the early years of life is even more valuable. Early 16426116_10154628357157224_8630960358352816094_neducators share much of the responsibility for molding that blank slate your child was born with. It might not be the most glamorous job, but it is one of the most purposeful jobs one can take on, and boy is it messy! It starts with building trust and security as an infant teacher. Not only do these teachers secure a bond with the child, but they build a trusting relationship with that nervous parent who sheds a few tears as DSCF3582they drop off their infant for the first time. It ends with that same infant strutting down the hallway five years later thinking “I’ve got this!” as they make their way out of our doors and into kindergarten. At Momentum, our teachers work tremendously hard to teach children  how to be their best self that they can be. They leave a lasting impression on the ones they teach by giving children the skills and confidence to be successful for the rest of their lives. Our teachers are proud to share these early experiences with your child. Here is why they love what they do:

“I became an educator because I always wanted to help young children. I have a love and a passion for teaching young children.”

“I’ve always had a passion for young children. I love that they are always curious and honest. They probably teach me more about life than I teach the, about knowledge.”

“To learn more about children – health and overall background for my future career.”

“Because I believe the preschool years are so important for teaching the building blocks of learning.”

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher growing up. I would teach my stuffed animals in my kitchen. I’m also going back to school to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education this fall.”

13406739_10154067018802224_3027227005968623058_n“I have always enjoyed working with kids and no matter where I go in life I always feel called back to teaching.”

“I love kids and I always wanted to be a teacher.”

“I have always been someone who has loved kids and wants to be a pediatric nurse, this is a great stepping stone in my career.”

“There is nothing I love more than seeing a child’s face light up when they accomplish something they didn’t think they could do. I also feel strongly about the important of Early Childhood Education and I love being able to help mold their minds.”

“Because I love to see how much a child grows physically, emotionally, socially and academically from the beginning of the year to the end. It’s so rewarding to know that you have helped shape that mind.”

“I became an educator because I love children, I love to help them grow and reach development goals.”

“It starts from loving the hugs and smiles you get every day. I am never bored. Then I get to experience the highs and lows that always end with some sort of milestone that you and your team helped to succeed.”

“I am educator because I love bringing fun and joy to learning and seeing how much fun a child has when they learn and laugh. As well as sharing what I know and teaching children of all ages.”

“To nurture, love, teach and create fun experiences for my students.”wotyc

“I love young children. I love seeing them learn something new and the smiles on their faces. Their hugs and shines bring so much joy to me. I love my toddlers.”

“I love to teach children, and watch them grow and develop. I love to see the smile on their faces when they are successful and learn new things. If there is a happy child there is a happy teacher.”

“I love to watch young minds grow and see young children’s enthusiasm when they learn new things. Every day is a new learning experience.”

“I love young children. You get a feeling of joy when you see children grasp concepts and see the smiles on their faces when they learn something new.”

“Even on the toughest days, at some point at least one child will do something to make me smile or laugh. Those are the moments that make me love what I do. I love having fun laughing with kids.”

“Being an early educator has taught me to embrace the unexpected parts of life. Every day brings something new, whether it’s a new development, a funny moment for everyone to laugh at, or unexpected challenges.”

“I love working with younger kids, watching them grown and learn each day is very rewarding. Just walking into the room to see them smile and say hi makes my day!”

jenna“I am an early educator because I love helping kids grow and learn. I love helping them navigate their way through the world and I enjoy making a positive influence in children’s lives.”

“I started off as a 5th grade reading buddy to 2nd graders, and became a Sunday School Teacher for 12 toddlers. My love for babies lead me to a career in Early Education. Watching their faces light up through music, finger play, and books gives me joy.”

“I love watching children grow and learn something new every day! Seeing children successfully complete milestones make my days rewarding and fulfilled.”

“I enjoy helping young children learn new things each day. Also, every day they make me feel young and smile. Their hugs are great!”

“I see so much potential in young children so I want to support young families in their goals for early childhood education.”

“To provide children with a strong, solid foundation as well as a skill set that they will carry with them through life in order to be successful. I also want to give children the support they need and deserve so they can learn and grow into people they are and will cassi teachingbecome.”

“I am and early educator because of my son’s dad. We started our first business in 1999.”

“I chose teaching because I love it. Being able to work with children and watch them grow is the most amazing thing in the world. When you watch their little minds at work and their imaginations go crazy, it makes you realize that there is so much life that isn’t worth stressing over. They are so innocent, and they just want to learn how to do anything and everything. Having the opportunity to help them realize their potential is the most rewarding part of being a teacher.”

We are so lucky to have these amazing teachers at our centers! They truly make a difference everyday, and it shows on the smiling faces of the children who grow with us at Momentum Early Learning. We can’t say thank you enough for all that you do. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of the Educators out there!

Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Ashley at Germantown

The teachers at Momentum Early Learning dedicate much of their time and heart to the children in their classroom. We appreciate all of their hard work and the commitment they make to maintain a higher standard of excellence in everything they do. The culture at Momentum is driven by one unified vision… “Grow as a cohesive and fun team with purpose, engagement, passion, and quality”. Here is a look into the life of one of our many excellent teachers. Find out what they love and what inspires them to be a great educator.

Introducing, Ms. Ashley at Germantown…

ashley giving high five to friendHow long have you worked at Momentum?
At the end of May it will be one year!

What classroom do you teach?
I currently am the Assistant Teacher in CC3, but last summer helped with Camp.

What made you want to become a teacher?
I am actually currently going to school at Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend to become a nurse, but have always wanted to work with children regardless of the occupation. My dream job is actually to become a Nurse Practitioner and I would love to work at Children’s Hospital! I have always wanted to work with children in a medical setting to be an advocate for them when they feel they do not have a voice and to make them happy on their worst days.

What is your favorite kind of activity to teach?ashley at summer party
I enjoy taking my kids outside and being active, since that is something I am interested in and passionate about.

What is one of you first memories from school?
My favorite memories from school were in my favorite classes. I enjoyed anything health, science, or math related, especially my high school anatomy class and psychology!

What is one of your hidden talents?
I am most talented in and enjoy going to school. This will be my fourth semester with a 4.0 GPA (until Fall when I start nursing school)!

Do you have any pets?
I have a goat named Sam, a duck named Junior, two barn cats, two indoor cats named Ozzy and Spike, a hunting dog named Bo, and an indoor dog that is a Chihuahua named Eddie! (we live on a farm).

ashley eating an ice cream coneWhat is your favorite thing to cook?
I HATE HATE HATE cooking, but love to eat and try a lot of foods. My favorite food is ice cream- hands down, and I also love quesadillas.

What is your favorite way to relax?
My favorite way to relax is honestly going to the gym. It is my only me-time, since the majority of the time I am either at work or school.

What is your favorite TV show/guilty pleasure?
My favorite TV shows are Bob’s Burgers and Last Man Standing.

What makes a good day at Momentum?
A good day at Momentum is when every child is happy. It is even better when they all learn something new!

What kind of morning routine do you have to get excited for the day?
I get up two hours before work and go to the gym. Going before work in the morning starts my day off right and wakes me up.

What is the best thing about being a teacher?
ashley and her boyfriend at packer gameFor me, the best part of working with children is making them smile and laugh. It’s one of the many reasons that I want to work in pediatrics or neonatal as a nurse.

If you could take your class on a fieldtrip anywhere in the world, where would you go?
If I could take my kids anywhere in the world, I would take them to Disney World because I feel like every kid deserves to go there at least once! I went when I was four and am planning a trip for next year with my boyfriend and his family.

Momentum Early Learning, the new standard in education and child care, provides unparalleled excellence of care for children through an open, friendly and nurturing culture. Momentum Early Learning provides care and teaching for children ages six weeks to twelve years old. Momentum Early Learning’s pledge of excellence is based on four core values: safety, education, cleanliness and technology. Families interested in learning more about Momentum Early Learning can call the Sussex Campus at 262.820.2595 or the Germantown Campus at 262.415.8047 or visit Momentum’s website at www.momentumearlylearning.com.