My after-school programs started up again today. This particular kit is a stressful one to teach. Very hard to set up in a short amount of time, about 50 minutes of cleanup. Corrosive chemicals that the kids can't touch, so they're observing for most of the class and they hate it. Kids were good, all of them under 8 years old, so they got antsy about 40 minutes in. Antsy and hungry, which is to be expected given the fact that we're talking about kitchen chemistry today.
Feeling tired and a little frustrated, but that's how it goes. And it's all wiped away by the fact that I got this the moment this one girl walked into the class. A little card!
Hi! We're Kait and Lauren, post-college 20somethings presenting My Life With Your Kids, a blog about our experiences working with children. Kait has worked since 2004 as an acting coach for a youth theatre program and since 2007 as an extracurricular science educator/entertainer working within a 60-mile radius doing summer activity weeks, afterschool programs, school assemblies, and birthday parties. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts. Struggling actor. Over a thousand miles away, Lauren worked from 2007-2009 as a teacher's aide in a private elementary "lab school" training undergrad and graduate Education majors. She holds a BA in English. Struggling author.
We don't have kids. We don't particularly love kids. We don't particularly hate kids. Neither of us set out to work with kids, but that's where our quarterlife crises took us.