It is hard to believe that two and a half years after starting up our blog, we have hit 700 posts! That’s a lot of experiences! That’s a lot of writing! That’s a lot of sharing! That’s a lot of fun!!
For those of you who may be new to our blog and don’t know much about the two of us, or maybe even if you have been travelling along with us on our adventures the whole time, we thought you might like to read about where we have been, what we are doing, and where we are heading – OK, so we want to indulge a little!!!
We’ve actually known each other for 20 years. We met when Sherry taught Donna’s son for a short time in Primary School when his teacher went on leave. Sherry is a tad younger and definitely darker than she is now!! Chris is second from the right at the top – was a cutie then and still is!
Sherry then and now!
This is how Donna looked then and now!
We connected again when Donna’s daughter came to St John’s Kindergarten in Croydon five years later and was put into the loving educational care of Sherry. When Victoria started school Donna started working at St John’s too and we have been working together as a team ever since.
This is one of the earlier photos of us together at St John’s Kindergarten with another colleague, Glenys. We can’t find the very first one but here we are over the years!
We’ve always loved sharing our ideas and when we offered to run some workshops for our local teachers’ groups we were lucky enough that they liked the idea and let us go ahead with it. We thoroughly enjoyed running them and thought that it would be great to be able to share experiences with a wider audience. Hence Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning was born, a vehicle for sharing and caring with our early childhood colleagues both locally and around the world.
This is how our blog first looked when we started out, which reflected us at the time – still teaching four and five year olds together.
Sixteen months after we started blogging we decided to leave teaching and pursue early childhood consulting as we found ourselves very busy with basically two full time jobs and needed to decide on one career or the other. This is our current blog banner that has evolved along with us.
We have been having a wonderful time since then visiting schools, preschools and child care centres, either showcasing them on our Education Directory, or perhaps running professional development sessions. We have also been invited to run workshops at conferences and for teachers’ groups both here in Victoria and interstate.
At times we run our own private workshops which we thoroughly enjoy – they are small and intimate with an eclectic group of participants. Our next one on Random Weave Basketry will be held here in Melbourne on Saturday March 24th. If you are interested in attending please email us for more details at email@example.com
Currently we are also doing relief work at preschools and child care centres to ensure we stay in touch with what is happening in the real world of early childhood. Again, please email us if you are interested in either or both of us coming to work at your centre.
We are also having a wonderful time with these fabulous women, Marylou and Jane Verberne from Play for Life Australia, a not for profit organisation bringing play to the forefront of our lives, particularly in primary schools at the moment with the spectacular Play for Life Pods.
So that is our journey thus far! One which we continue to love. A journey that is full of new and exciting things for us every single day. Thank you so much for traveling along with us and for your continuing support of us both here, on twitter and on our Facebook page.
There are so many wonderful bloggers, teachers, parents, carers and students of early childhood out there and we are very proud and honored to be a part and of this very special group of people!
We hope you contiunue to enjoy what we have to offer … Sherry and Donna