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In the midst of a pandemic, teaching can seem like a daunting task, and it’s very reasonable for many people, especially those handling children, to go into survival mode. However, taking the time to remind yourself that you are capable and worthy of meeting your goals is still necessary! Not only will it help you feel more productive, but it will also help you feel better in general. O2B Kids understands how the pandemic has impacted our students and our preschool teachers. We’ve taken every step we can to make this time in history easier. Below, we’ll take a look at how you can set realistic goals in the midst of adversity, and contact our Florida and Georgia preschool to learn more today! TIPS TO SET REALISTIC GOALS IN THE MIDST OF ADVERSITY Know Where You Are Take the time to realize where you are and how much you’ve accomplished. It can seem like you aren’t moving forward when setbacks occur repeatedly. However, your students are learning despite the environment outside of the classroom, and it’s important to acknowledge that and to realize you are not working in vain. Consider the Emotional Toll The emotional toll of uncertainty can be overwhelming on both students and teachers. Humans thrive on routine knowing what to expect, and in the pandemic, things can change on a dime. Furthermore, uncertain times can make planning difficult, as well as pivoting at a moment’s notice. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and to do your best to cope. For preschool teachers, seeking professional help may be in order. Realizing your students are struggling, too, gives you both common ground to stand on. Be Patient Above All Else In a stressful outer environment, humans can internalize this and it can manifest itself in unhealthy ways. As a preschool teacher, it’s important to be lenient, gentle, and patient with your students knowing they are struggling, too. Invest in Self-Care Most people can’t operate for too long when their cup is half-empty. You’ll need to work slowly to restore your cup to full, and one of the best ways to do so is to invest in self-care. Taking breaks is essential for creativity, productivity, and good mental health. The small things such as taking a moment to refill your water bottle, walk to your colleagues room down the hall rather than chat them online, and take the time to be grateful for all that you have will go a long way to feeling like you’ve accomplished your goals. O2B KIDS IS HERE FOR YOU O2B Kids has weathered the pandemic right alongside our preschool teachers, staff, and students. We’ve adapted, offering more online resources for parents and students. We’ve opened up our hearts to our community and helped in any way we can with resources, advice, and support. In fact, we believe our community has become stronger and closer during these times, and that we’ve met our goals in terms of learning and growing. We look forward to continuing to adapt and grow alongside our staff, teachers, and students. If you are interested in learning more about our preschool program, contact one of our Florida and Georgia locations for more information today!
The O2B Kids Founders Club Scholarships are named in the honor of O2B Kids employees who have been with the company for 10 years or more! These dedicated Fun Crew have already made incredible contributions to children and families, and these scholarships are just another way for them to continue making the world a better place. Since its inception in 2008, the Founders Club Scholarship program has awarded over $160,000 in scholarships. This year, we added 1 new scholarship for a grand total of 59 awards in the names of our Founders Club members. This totals $29,500 in scholarships this year! Each $500 award will be credited to the recipient’s O2B Kids account.
This is Ellery. She has been afraid to climb a rock wall on the playground at school. She worries, says “I can’t do it” and does not want to try. But then one day, with the encouragement of her friends and teacher, she tried. And tried again! When she reached the top, like we KNEW that she could, she SHOUTED “I CAN!” It was an incredible moment for Ellery, her friends and her teacher. Ellery reminds us to believe in ourselves, do something new, don’t give up and when all else fails… try, try again!
Our Directors from Georgia were passing through Gainesville. They decided to stop at our Alachua Location to visit and most importantly, to PLAY! It’s moments like these that we’re reminded about what’s important! EVERY SINGLE DAY we should make time to play. To do something that matters to us. Try a new activity, do something different, explore, stretch the boundaries!