Nick of time

October 4, 2013


There are new regulations out there for early childhood/child care people, and one of them is that we must take training courses for the Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines. While I am all for that – they brought more structure to my teaching – I haven’t actually taken any training. (I helped my old director teach some of them. Does that count?)

The training scheduleis not my favorite. You can choose an all-day Saturday for each of the seven domains (social and emotional, creative arts, language and literacy, math, science, health and physical development and approaches to learning) or two evening sessions per domain, each 3 hours long.

No thank you. I do not do well during long meetings. Lots of pen-clicking and clock watching.

I chose the self-study approach. Three big ol’ packages came, and I had three weeks to do my six hours of work on literacy before they were due back. Guess who waited until almost the last second?

You are correct.


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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10 Responses to “Nick of time”

  1. Brad Said on:

    There’s nothing like the pressure of a deadline to get things done. I am so with you on that.


  2. Kris Said on:

    We have to renew our DCFS license every four years, and that’s what we’ve always done: the self-study method, crammed into the last few days before the deadline. This year they passed a new rule: at least half of our training hours must be done in person at an actual class. Ugh.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    What some people come up with to keep getting a paycheck! On top of that someone must be snowing them with them with the idea that this is really important for the children! I feel for you!


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Did you do it in less than six hours?


  5. Lauren Said on:

    Dang it. I forgot to leave the Easter egg. I’m actually pretty familiar with the guidelines. Here’s one of the Preschool Minutes that I’ve been sending out to parents:


  6. Peggy Said on:

    I love your preschool minute. Where can we find more?

    And congrats on your speed reading!


  7. Jane Sommerer Said on:

    Loved your preschool minute.


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