I started at the Shack as an AmeriCorps in August 2014. Since then I have been involved in the aftercare program, Play group, Respite, and Happy School. Each program is different, and has different ages in it. That’s been one of the best parts about being here. Each day is a little bit different, because each group of children is different.
One of the best experiences during my service so far, at least away from the Shack, is when I went with the AmeriCorps in the state to Charleston. We did some training, and celebrated the twentieth anniversary of AmeriCorps. Lots of different goals were represented, such as literacy and nutrition. It was great to see what was being done on a larger scale, and to see how my service played a part.
Here at the Shack a normal day for me starts at around nine o’clock. In the morning, I work with the smallest kids, either in Respite, Happy School, or Playgroup. All of these involve interacting with the children. In Play Group and Respite I usually read at least one book, and lead song time. In Happy School, I sit with the children and help those who are having trouble with the instructions. I also lead a station, talking to the children while we do our activities.
In the afternoon, I help get snack ready, and then the after school children who are in elementary school arrive. I work with the first and second graders. They have snack, and then they work on homework. I help them with questions they have, and encourage them. Some of them have silent reading, and I make sure they are doing it. I will ask some of them to read out loud, or ask them questions about what they are reading.
In October I got to go to an educational seminar about preschool learning. The focus was on a philosophy called Reggio Emilia. It was developed in Italy and is named after the town that it is from. One of my favorite topics was using found materials and infants. A big part of Reggio is using things around the house and letting children and infants explore them.
I am really looking forward to the rest of my time here at the Shack. I have learned a lot from the other people here. The kids here are great and it is rewarding to see them make progress.
I take great pride in welcoming you to our new website. I hope you find it helpful and interesting. Putting this new website together has got us thinking about our past and all the neat things we've seen over the years. In that vein, below are some fun facts.
And our past has led to our future. Did you know?
It may seem like just numbers but these numbers belong to hearts, and these hearts are what have touched the lives of so many (both ours and theirs) whom have walked through our doors. Many friendships have been formed and I am sure there are many yet to come. We hope you will join us and be a part of our future.
Sharon Jackson, Executive Director