So Much More

I wrote this a couple years ago in response to teachers working with children birth to five expressing to me their desire to be so seen as so much more than just a “day care worker”.  I know the pain when someone tells you that you are not a real teacher.  This is for all of the hard, dedicated professionals who work with young children.  You are “So Much More”!

So Much More

Please don’t tell that I am just

a babysitter or

just a day care worker or

not a real teacher, because

I am so much more.

What I do is important.

It is integral and

it is vital.

I am passionate.

I am loving.

I am nurturing.

I am caring and

I am purposeful.

Ask me,

I can explain the purpose of

my schedule,

my room arrangement,

my lesson plans, and

the purpose of my activities.

I can identify the


outcomes, and

long term benefits

of everything I do – because I am that good!

When you ask me why your child has not achieved an unrealistic goal yet,

I debunk the earlier is better myth because

I am knowledgeable about

child development,

developmentally appropriate practices,

early learning, and

meaningful experiences.

I understand

foundational skills,

life success, and

I understand PLAY!

I understand PLAY so much that I embrace



out of the box thinking and

risk taking.

Yes – I embrace everything PLAY promotes!

I allow child-directed learning as it enhances


self-regulation, and

executive functioning.

You are probably wondering what I am doing while the children are playing.

Let me tell you,

I intentionally

facilitate learning,

connect with the children, and

extend experiences.

Every day,

I build


confidence, and


I elicit

brain connections,

language skills,

problem solving,

interactions, and

strong bodies, because

We must develop the whole child!

I am qualified.

I am educated.

I am experienced.

I am skilled.

I am career oriented.


You may call me teacher.

You may call me early childhood educator.

You may call me early learning specialist.

You may call me child development guru – because I am that good.

But please don’t call me

Just a babysitter,

Just a day care worker, or

Not a real teacher.

Because I am so much more!

And those labels do not encompass


Stacy Benge, M.S.

September, 2015

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How does play teach my child to write?

How does play teach my child to write?

Play is the best way to prepare young children for kindergarten.  It is amazing the educational skills learned when playing including the ability to write and create stories.  Explore how dramatic play, block play, and outside play all provide opportunities for young children to develop creative storytelling skills needed to be successful writers in the elementary, middle, and high school years.

When will my child be able to write?


When will my child be able to write?

As parents and teachers, we are all concerned about teaching our children to write; however, before children can write, they must have several foundational skills in place including understanding print carries meaning and conveys a message.  Learn ways to promote the writing process with young children and ways we can ensure they are properly developing skills to be successful in school.


Wonderful resources:

So Much More than the ABCs: The Early Phases of Reading and Writing by Judith Schickedanz & Molly F. Collins

Learning about Language and Literacy in Preschool (A NAEYC publication)

Everyday Steps to Reading and Writing


When do children start to write letters?

When do children start to write letters?

A common questions among parents is what age do children start to write letters?  Part of the early writing process is children understanding that letters are used to form words and convey a message on paper.  If given plenty of opportunities for open-ended drawing, children will start to draw letters on their paper and eventually letter strings.  Watch to learn more about the writing process and see examples of what young children’s drawings might look like as they develop as emergent writers.