Early Ed Talks: A Parent Blog

Hi fellow parents!

I’m Rudi Monson. My daughter, Rivi, is currently in her second year of preschool at the Lawrence Arts Center. My older daughter, Logan, spent three years at the Arts Center’s Early Childhood program, including kindergarten.

I don’t know about you, but when I started looking for the right preschool for my kids, I went a little nuts. I did tours, I met with directors, I read comments in the mommy Facebook groups, I scoured websites. Some part of my brain (and my spouse) was saying, “They’ll be fine wherever they go. It’s just preschool!” while another part was saying, “It’s the beginning of their academic lives! It needs to be the right fit!” As a former teacher, I knew that the right environment would make a huge difference in my kids’ attitude toward school, learning, friendships, etc.

I don’t need to tell you why I chose the Arts Center. You already know. I picked it for all the same reasons you picked it. My girls have both loved their time there. I’ve seen their confidence grow and their friendships blossom. I’ve seen them learn to take risks, try new things, explore new ideas.

There’s just one problem: I want to know how these teachers do it! Turns out, my daughters are not the best reporters. I basically just get an update on what they had for snack and whose turn it was to push the elevator button. Even when I volunteer in the classroom, it’s still hard to put my finger on exactly how the magic is happening all around the room. Maybe it’s my inner teaching nerd, maybe it’s my helicopter mommy side, but I want to know the nitty-gritty. I want to know how and why the teachers create these wonderful activities for our kids.

Sooooo…I’ve been talking to the teachers and asking questions. I figure if I want to know, maybe lots of people want to know. Our awesome teachers don’t have time to toot their own horns, but I DO! So I’m starting a blog of sorts to capture the wonderful ways they reach our kids. The teachers themselves have also contributed to the writing, to ensure we’re really conveying their ideas clearly. This year, I’m hoping to provide more details about what happens in the classroom, focusing on different topics each time I write. This series is intended for us, as parents, to learn more about what happens while we’re running to the grocery store and our kids are in the magical world of preschool/kindergarten.



Stay tuned! First up…WRITING!