Katie A.|Downers Grove, IL
1 yr exp
33 yrs old
Just like many other little girls, I would spend hours upon hours playing with my dolls. I would feed them, change them and kiss their boo-boos. I think that is where my love of children really started. After years of practicing with my dolls, I graduated to helping out at daycare. I would organize games with the littler ones like hide-and-go-seek and building grand forts outside under the shimmering leaves of the oak trees.
Soon I began babysitting neighbor children, and I learned early on the keys to being a successful babysitter. I learned to always bring with me on any job my magic backpack. It contained fun coloring books, story books and usually some animal crackers. Once I entered the house, the kids would beg to see what fun I had brought that day in the magic back pack. I would take the kids on adventures in the backyard to look for bugs to study and we would ride our bikes to the library for story time.
Around that same time, I started teaching a class at Vacation Bible School. In the coming years, I graduated to being the Music Leader and the Game Leader. It was my work in Vacation Bible School that inspired in me an interest in children's education.
When I was a junior in high school, I started a literacy program entitled Learning and Reading Together that paired volunteers from the community with first and second grade classrooms. The volunteers would work one on one with a student who was having trouble learning how to read. The program was successful and continues on in the school to this day.
As a college student, I was able to continue working with kids through the Study Buddies program. I went into classrooms and worked both with individual students as well as small groups. We worked on math, reading, science and writing.
Nowadays, when the extended family comes together there are many young children to herd around. I am the designated herder at these gatherings and we usually have a wonderful time either rolling around in leaf piles or building snowmen.