R2P reflection

As I look back:

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I found this assignment very stressful at the beginning of the semester. I was not one for blogging and thought that this was going to be very draining in the aspect of a grade. However, I found this assignment very beneficial. I like exploring the blog once I got used to what I was writing about and what I using in the blogs. I definitely found to like blogging about different things. I turned out to like this assignment a lot.


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I would like to keep up with blogging once I get my own classroom. I think that this is a great way to show what is going on inside the classroom. I think that this would be a great idea to keep up because parents would be in the loop of what is going on in their child’s education. Since phones and computers are such a big factor this would be very easy for parents, guardians, and students to access anywhere. I plan to have a blog post about homework for the week along with any important information for the classroom.

Teachers, are you stressed, flustered, confused????

First off….You, teachers, rock! You have had one of the hardest career twists that could possibly be thrown at you. Good job to you for adjusting the best you can!

Teachers are you stressed? Flustered? Confused? 

Hello and welcome back to my blog. If you have not yet, check out last week’s blog about how to Have fun in Quarantine!?!?! This week is all about you, your teachers who are probably stressed, confused, or do not know how to change your curriculum into something manageable for children to do at home and learn at the same time. I cannot imagine how the next school year is going to be because of the gaps in the information of what the child should already know. But, do not panic. Below I have listed a few ideas that we as teachers (and even parents if needed), can take to calm our bodies during this time of who knows what is going to happen next. Let’s be real…. your mind is probably looking a little like this——> What happens to your body when you're stressed Do not panic. It is all going to be okay. Say it with me, ” We can get through this together.”

Help!!! I am stressed!!!!

Nature is one of the most beautiful places to go to. Go outside. Take a walk by yourself, your dog, your kids, your significant other. Whoever it is, go outside and take a breather. We know it is a difficult time adjusting…everyone had to do some adjusting. Go outside and enjoy the nature around you or go to a local park while keeping the social distance. Going outside is one of the best therapies you can get. Smells of Nature Lower Physiological Stress | The Scientist Magazine®

Go and just relax after a stressful 30 minutes, an hour, or whatever it was. You can do it. You do not have to sit at a computer for eight hours right now. It is okay.

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Just like the paragraph before, going outside on a walk can be exercised. Another way you can have fun while in a stressful situation and unwind is YOGA. ahhhhhhh yoga. peaceful. quiet. relaxing.

Yoga with Adriene is a great way to unwind. I have personally done some of her yoga videos during this quarantine, and it was so relaxing. I have attached her YouTube channel at the beginning of the paragraph. If you find yourself in a frustrating time, please consider yoga. It is great for the mind and the body.


during this time it is hard to remember yourself in situations. It is hard to remember that you have a new routine that you had to get into. You had to commit to sitting at a computer and not standing in front of the little energetic bunch of kids that you love and adore. Take time for yourself. Take the time to relax. Whether it is simply taking a bubbly bath, sitting outside reading your favorite book, cooking your favorite dessert or dish, or just simply spending time by yourself in your own little world. It is 100% to take care of yourself first then other people. If you are not yourself, you do not want to impact how others are seeing you.

After you are a teacher. A strong-minded teacher who can achieve anything. You are in one of the most influential career paths that one person could take. You are inspiring many little brains to become what they want. You deserve all the self-love and self-care that you can give yourself.

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If you have any ways you are relaxing and breathing during this difficult time, please email me and I will post them to my blog. Thanks for reading and remember to breathe. You got this!!

Fun in Quarentine!?!?!?

Yes! You read that right! I am going to help you through a very stressful time, whether it is you, your child, your significant other is driving you crazy, or you just do not know what to do. Do not worry, I am here to help!

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Remember to breathe. 

This is a very stressful time because everyone’s world got flipped upside down. I know my life did. Please remember to breathe. We will all get through this but it will take time. Remember to breathe and do so while having fun.

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Outdoor activities for the kiddos and for adults

Yes, you are reading that right. EVEN FOR ADULTS!!! Recently, my family has taken up a new fun project outside. We created puffy paint that is environmentally safe and can be used on the driveway, street, or sidewalk. It is safe and easy for everyone to do! Get outside and take your creativity level to a whole new level with everyone you are stuck with at home.

Puffy Paint Recipe:

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1 cup of water

a couple drops of food coloring


Another activity to keep the energy for the kids along with adults, exercise. This does not mean just go to a gym and run on the treadmill. Go for walks with your dogs. Make a make-believe game with your little ones. There is a lot to do outside that you along with your children will find out. Ideas are everywhere and if you need some click here to find out what you can do outside and having fun as a family. Remember, you do not have to have supplies to have fun……You need your IMAGINATION!

To keep the children on track and learning, so that they can still be achieving standards check out a few of the following websites for education:

GoNoodle.com keeps the children moving in a fun and interactive wayGoNoodle | Roku Channel Store | Roku

Simply searching Brain Breaks on Youtube

FunBrain.com is for all ages and has games, videos, and books for the children to look at

Crayola.com has plenty of activities for children to do while at home and

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working on their fine and gross motor skills

For more websites to help keep the children entertained and learning to check out 25 Websites for Teachers.


If you have done any activities with your children, please feel free to comment or email me and I will gladly include them on my post! Thanks for reading Fun in Quarantine!

Is too much music possible in education????

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Should music be implemented in the classroom?

I am in a Pre-K counts and it seems that they have a heavy reliant on music in the classroom. Everything the children do there seems to be a song that correlates with it. In most cases, the songs are to the tune of a familiar lullaby or a very common song for young children to learn and remember. Is this too much music implemented into the child’s day? Is music the appropriate guideline for a child to remember simple tasks?

Music proof in the classroom!

In the article that is below this section, it talks about how music is an effective way for a child to learn. Music just does not help one student but it can help students with disabilities. The most important part was making the other students included and not excluded. Music allows the children to express themselves through movement in any way they can think of.  One of the songs that is played at the center I am at is about the alphabet and the sounds each of the letters makes. The teacher plays this song after they are done with breakfast and they are cleaning up.

Music as a Teaching Tool

Many of us know that music will get you up and moving. Using songs for movement is a great method to provide students with a brain break, especially in the younger grades. There are many resources already available to help create educational brain breaks that don’t disturb classroom management, such as GoNoodle.

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Image result for shark animatedDuring my placement, the teachers often find that their students have a lot of energy and some of it needs to be used. The teachers resort to Brain Breaks videos. In these videos, there is music that is being associated with something that they are either learning or if it is a certain time of the year they would put that on. The kids love the Brain Break videos because they are jumping around and getting the energy out but they do not understand that they are also learning to the sound of music and movement. In the video below, was an example of the Brain Break they did my first day in the room. The video has the children using their fine motor skills.

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Music can help!!! It has been proven!!

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In this article, the blogger tells us that she has implemented music into her classroom and it has benefitted the children immensely. She said she uses it to motivate her students and then the information that she is teaching is retained better. There is a small video in the blog about how we as the future of the education department have to take this idea of music in the classroom and be sure to implement it as much as possible because it has such a great effect on the children.

My opinion

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I do think that music should be incorporated in the classroom because of the recall ability and the movement aspect. I do believe that there are points in the day where music can significantly help a child release their energy for the good. I also believe that too much music is possible. If the children are constantly listening to music instead of dramatic play and play-based centers that it will be embedded into the brains that everything they do in school will have music to go along with it.




Alegria, M. (2017, June 7). Music as a Teaching Tool. Retrieved from                                      https://www.edutopia.org/blog/music-teaching-tool-maria-alegria
Foxwell, B., Comer, M., Janusz, L., & Talbot, C. (2019, September 24). Why You                      Should Use Music in the Classroom. Retrieved from                                                        https://blog.pearsonschool.com/why-you-should-use-music-in-the-                              classroom/




My educational gurus!!!

Welcome back to my blog! This is all about why I chose to be an educator!

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Let me tell you about the best teacher ever! The teacher that inspired me to become a teacher was my fourth-grade teacher. She was the best teacher that I have ever had. It was her first year teaching right out of college and she made fourth-grade a blast. She made sure that all her students were active in her classroom and if something was wrong she made sure to get to the student and check in on them; not just that day but later on too. She was a down to earth teacher who cared about everyone. I spent my senior year of high school interning with her and she allowed me to jump right in with the students and get as much hands-on practice as I could possibly get. She showed me grading techniques, teaching techniques, and teaching advice.

Who do I believe has the biggest pedagogy influence on me? The man, the myth, the legend, Lev Vygotsky! He has an impactful theory on me because of scaffolding and the Zone of Proximal Development. When I become a teacher in my own classroom, I want to be able to challenge students to their abilities and succeed while also using or without using the appropriate scaffolding if it is needed. Vygotsky has always been a theorist that stuck out to me because he really showed his research on the importance of having the child learn in their “sweet spot” but also be challenged a little to avoid boredom in the classroom.

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The people who are teaching me about the why and how in the field of early childhood education are the professors here at Millersville University. If it was not for the professors here at Millersville University, I would not be able to have succeeded this far into the program to even be considered as a teacher. All of them here at college, push the teachers in training their best of their ability by giving plenty of field experience that have projects, papers or lesson plans involved. Also, another factor in helping me become a teacher are my peers. Without them, I would not be able to bounce lesson plan ideas or ideas in general off to someone about a similar topic.

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The people who speak the truth to me are my professors and cooperating teachers. While I have been blessed with my professors and the cooperating teachers, they do not hold anything back. They tell me what would be the best of the situation and they give examples of the situations that pop up. My roommate/best friend is also in the Early Childhood Education department and we tell each other things that could possibly happen in the field and we bounce ideas off of each other in how we would handle a situation. We are also in the same classes, so when we do our work, we work alone and submit it but a lot of the time we are constantly giving each other advice on what we could change or say instead of something that does not sound very educational.

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Welcome to my blog

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Hi! My name is Kayla LaFaver. I am a junior at Millersville University studying to be an Early Childhood Educator. I have a minor in coaching to eventually coach volleyball, the sport that I fell in love with and that helped me get through things. I will be posting about different things throughout the semester. While this is mainly used for my class ERCH 496, Curriculum Instruction and Assessment. I hope you enjoy my blogs and maybe learn something new!