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Week of the Young Child Series Part 1 of 5

Celebrating Our Youngest Learners

By Cheryl Viera

Week of the Young Child begins today!

Red leafMy name is Cheryl Viera and I am honored to serve as Early Childhood Educator at The DoSeum—where I have the pleasure of working with our youngest learners and their families and caregivers. I am a native of San Antonio—born and raised. I am a proud graduate of South San Antonio High School. College took me to East Texas where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Sam Houston State University. My career, however, began in the Rio Grande Valley. I spent five years serving in Children’s Ministry in my church in McAllen, as volunteer coordinator, preschool director, and Mother’s Day Out director.

Public school was calling me, so I spent the next 15 years of my career teaching in Sharyland ISD in Mission, teaching children in 2nd and 3rd grade and Kindergartners. I am currently one month away from earning my Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. After raising our two children, my husband and I decided to come home to San Antonio. We moved back on June 6, 2015—the very same day as The DoSeum’s grand-opening celebration—and I started work as a Discovery Leader on June 8th! The timing was perfect for me to become a part of San Antonio’s only museum where kids learn by doing!

Red leafBuilding relationships of mutual respect and understanding is the highlight of my work at The DoSeum. During my twenty-three years as an educator, families have always been my motivation for learning and growing as a professional. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) emphasizes the importance of “establishing reciprocal relationships with families” in the development of young children (Copple & Bredekamp, 2009).

The Early Childhood team here at The DoSeum is committed to children, families, and caregivers and strives to support the early learning of kids from birth to five years of age. Our goal is to be an important resource of support, encouragement, and knowledge for families and caregivers who themselves work hard to provide quality experiences during the crucial early years of their children’s lives.

In addition to 95,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space where kids can DISCOVER, EXPLORE, CREATE, and LEARN, The DoSeum is proud to offer a variety of programs for our youngest learners. From our licensed, registered preschool program—the Little Doers, to our weekly enrollment programs--each day there are children, along with their caregivers, laughing, playing, and learning in our classrooms and throughout the museum.

The DoSeum is not just a place where learning occurs, it is a place where people constantly strive for excellence in the education of every child who passes through our doors.

As we begin our celebration of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child we are excited to share a few of our favorite stories and activities with you. We invite you to spend a little extra time playing and exploring with your child this week. Have some fun, make a mess, investigate nature, take a picnic, create a unique piece of art, and make a little music!

https://www.naeyc.org/woyc

References:

Copple, C., & Bredekamp, S. (2009). Developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs: Serving children birth through age 8 (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Posted by Miranda Clark at 3:20 PM
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