My Mom is taking a poetry class on the internet. Long retired and living in New York, she still loves learning and often takes classes. Each night, on my drive home, she and I chat on the phone and she fills me on her progress; poems she loves, comments from other students that resonate on her heart and homework assignments that she is navigating. Her enthusiasm is inspiring. Mom's joy absolutely reminds me of the smiles that Miss Jen, Miss Lydia and Mrs. "Jaime" Quinn had recently when they celebrated the completion of a course. The three beloved Captain Hunt PreK teachers spent most Thursday nights in September and October in Pawtucket taking the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards 1 (RIELDs1) Class. In total, they spent 18 hours, outside of school time, learning (since September) how to most effectively utilize the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards to plan meaningful curriculum to most benefit our students. Inspired by their new learning, they are in the process of signing up for the second section.
This Friday, November 7th from 9-10:30am (at Captain Hunt School,) Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita, who is a professor at the University of Rhode Island, will be teaching Session 1 of the Second Step Parenting Class for any/all Robertson and/or Captain Hunt School families who would like to participate. Please consider being inspired by my Mom, Miss Jen, Miss Lydia & Mrs. Quinn and PARTICIPATE in this opportunity with Dr. Paul to help benefit your families. (As you know, the children are taught social skills through the Second Step program by University of Rhode Island students who visit our classrooms each Friday. Using puppets, the URI students teach the children different 'social emotional' skills. For example how to 'calm your body' if you are excited. This year, the Parenting Program will begin this Friday.) Dr. Paul and his wife Kay Johnson, who is also a URI professor, will not only gift you with a continuum of strategies that may help you to strengthen your own parenting style but also give you the opportunity to share your own parenting experiences (hopes, dreams and worries) with other parents who possibly share similar concerns. Parents from Captain Hunt and Robertson Schools are welcome to participate at either school. You can participate in Session One this Friday from 9-10:30am at Captain Hunt or next Friday, November 14th from 9-10:30am at Robertson.
Last week, my mom quoted a poem by Mark Doty that she had fallen in love with. It definitely touched my heart as well. I can only hope that when I retire, I am as passionate about learning as my mom is now. In the meanwhile, I am very grateful to Dr. Paul and his wife, Kay, for gifting our school community with an opportunity for not only children to fall in love with learning but adults to come together and learn as well. Happy November.
Beth Tanner, MS Ed