Moving Hearts: Dancing Towards Love
What Would Rachael Do?
December 30, 2016
I have been fortunate enough to be working at a private preschool in the west village for three years as the Toddler Head Teacher. Besides studying dance/movement therapy, I also have my bachelors in Child Adolescent Development. This major allows for one to work in an Early Childhood Education center (also known as a preschool). Before working at the preschool that I am at now, I started my teaching career at the school where I received my bachelors, San Francisco State University in 2007. While I was in school, I worked at the preschool for the students and professors children. I began as a teachers assistant in all classrooms with children of different ages from 6 months to 5 years. Then once I found my niche, I stayed in the 3-5 year old classroom for a couple of years and moved up to being an Acting Head Teacher, which meant I had all of the responsibilities of the Head Teacher but it was only for one summer. While I was there, I learned from many different Head teachers as well as from my Early Child Development classes about different ways of talking and being with children. I learned how to phrase things like, “It looks like you’re angry. Let’s talk about it and use our words.” I learned how to work alongside my co-workers and to work under the Head teachers and experienced both challenging moments as well as great ones that always left me with the warm feeling in my heart that this is where I want to be for the rest of my life-with children.
After working there for five years, I was ready for a change. When I moved to New York city and graduated from my masters with dance/movement therapy, I decided to combine my two passions: my love for children and Dance by working at the preschool and starting my own business. During my first year of teaching at the West Village preschool, Buckle My Shoe, one of the parents used to come to me for advice for their children at home. They had a difficult time getting their two year old daughter to listen to them and to remember that she is only two years old. I recommended helpful books and articles and strategies of connecting to her during the tantrum before getting angry with her, and then once she calmed down, is when you can talk about what happened.
Well, the very last day of school, her parents came up to me and said, “Rachael we have a saying at home that we use often when we’re having a tough time with our kids. It’s What Would Rachael Do?” When we think about this, we remember to get down to our child’s level, to breathe and to stay calm, and then go from there. It really helps and we just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Holy shit! This blew me away and made me feel like wow, I really do have an impact on people and not only am helping them at school but am helping them at home when I’m not even there! This was the reason I wanted to start this blog, which was inspired by those parents in that I am here to help and share my knowledge, expertise, and experiences with other parents, teachers, colleagues, friends, and family. Please feel free to take what you would like from this and know I am always still learning and growing as a teacher, as a therapist, and as a human being. I am doing my best to be here to help children and families be the best they can be by starting with the most important thing there is: Love.
With love and positivity,
Rachael Anne Singer
Moving HeARTS, LLC