Hi all! Introduction time!
My name is Erin and I’m the new Glenn curator and science teacher. I’m so excited for this opportunity to teach at Carmel Mountain Preschool. I haven’t been here very long, but I know it is such a special place and I feel so lucky to be involved.
I have a background in environmental science, biology, and zoology; and have always been involved in education, so teaching here is a perfect combination of all my favorite topics.
I have a passion for all things related to nature and strive to enliven that passion in our children. My goal is to teach the children respect and empathy for all living things and of course to have fun along the way.
I love that CMP allows the kids to get their hands dirty and to get out into nature on a regular basis. Current research continues to show the importance of children experiencing the outdoors both for their development and overall health.
In the past few weeks we’ve replanted areas of the garden, gotten to learn about vermicomposting (composting with worms), and more recently it’s been all about bugs! The kids have had a chance to meet one of our newest residents, a Madagascar hissing cockroach and loved it.
Next week we’ll talk about lizards and other creepy crawlies (it is Halloween season after all!). We’ll be getting a bumblebee millipede and soon they’ll get to meet one of our other newest residents, a Pac Man frog named Gordie.
In the coming weeks we’ll be planting some native pollinator plants, so be on the lookout for an upcoming blog that details how you can do that at home with your child. I’ll try to regularly post about different fun activities for you and your child that get you outdoors, or maybe help you learn about something the kids are doing here at school that you can incorporate into your home life (composting anyone?).
I look forward to the opportunity to get to know both you and your children better. Please don’t be shy and feel free to ask me any questions, strike up a conversation about worms, or come by The Glenn to see what we’re up to. Have a great week and make sure to get outdoors!