Interview with Diane Dodier - CPE La Pleine Lune in Eastman
In 1998, I received training in the Brindami program. It was in my early years as an educator. It enabled me to get a better understanding of the social skills of children, which can be developed not only through activities, but through everyday life. Over time, we can forget some of our teaching tools, which is why I took a refresher course last fall. It allowed me to see how versatile, important and up-to-date this program is. I feel that the Brindami program is well suited to our work in early childhood.
What makes it easier to implement this program is the training we receive, along with the material purchased by our employers. We have every age covered, but for those one year or over, other tools are available, something I discovered on the Centre de Psycho-Éducation du Québec’s website. This part of the program is adapted to the nursery.
Even though we introduce the program to the children every year, each child takes what he or she needs at that particulat time. Therefore, this tool facilitates learning year after year, because each child takes what is needed depending on his or her development or age.
One of the first challenges we face as educators is our tendency to blame ouselves when, for instance, a workshop does not go as planned because the children were not available. We can be quick to judge ourselves.
We also face day-to-day challenges: the children might not all arrive at the same time; it can be difficult to find the best time of day for the activity, etc... But these are challenges that can be overcome and that show us that social skills can be developed any time of the day.
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February 28, 2017 at 11:06AM
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