It feels as if it was yesterday. Now I’m fulfilling a lifetime dream and each semester at Valdosta State University I am a little closer to beginning what I was born to do.
My two year old niece, Ayla, has
become the newest addition
to my student body. Ayla loves “Dora
and together we have shared many moments watching the TV show. In every episode, Dora goes on an exploring
trip to help someone or to find something.
Throughout the show kids are asked to help along the journey and
show actually pauses long enough for children to formulate a
In my observation, I have
concluded the techniques used
by the show's
can help in the development of a child's decisive puzzle solving
skills. In addition to teaching problem-solving skills the show
introduces children to simple Spanish vocabulary. A word is
introduced in English for example, "open" then repeated in Spanish
"abrir". Throughout the episode the word is incorporated into the
plot and is repeated numerous times. The introduction of a second
language at an early age could stimulate the
child's curiosity in foreign languages and encourage the child's
ability to achieve fluency.
As I progress through the courses of my study in the Early Childhood Education Departments at Valdosta State University, I eagerly anticipate the day that I can actually have my own classroom of students where I can help fulfill their educational needs and offer encouragement as they work to achieve their own dreams.