Archive for April, 2012

Meet Sheila!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Aloha!  My name is Sheila, and I am originally from just outside of Boston, Massachusetts.  I have been living on Oahu’s North Shore for a number of years now, having moved to Hawai`i in 2006.  I have been caring for children for over ten years, beginning as the family babysitter.  I have sophisticated my skills through multiple positions, including pre-school assistant teacher (providing sole responsibility for up to six children at a time), Autism skills trainer, as well as a private family nanny, in addition to various babysitting jobs.

I firmly believe in the power of patience and attentiveness when caring for kids.  Children respond to, and appreciate, genuine care from an adult in charge of keeping them safe.  I practice an open, two-way street style of care, believing that there are many things about the world that I can offer to a child as a learning experience, as well as acknowledging that each child’s individual experience in this would gives him or her something to share with me.  Cautious and conscious, safety is a huge deal to me, and I provide that to children, as well as families, in the form of not only standard safety protocols, but also providing comfort and trustworthiness. I am highly conscious of age appropriateness with how I relate to a child with regard to conversation/ verbal interaction, activities chosen as entertainment, and learning level and abilities.  I naturally incorporate learning into the majority of activities I do with a child–remember how much you had available to learn when you were just a kid!  The world is an oyster!  While I practice a great deal of education-play, I additionally recognize that each kid is at his or her own pace, learns differently, and can take away different things from the same experience than another child.  I respect this level of individuality in children and celebrate it.  As a mother of a toddler, I put this belief into practice daily, and do so with joy and appreciation of the opportunity to share and learn.

I practice Yoga, on and off the mat, incorporating the principles of kindness, openness, and love in all areas of my life.  I am an avid swimmer, and enjoy calm and purifying energy of the beach-especially up on the North Shore! I am fluent in Spanish, and have a passion for learning through experience about cultures around the world.  I think we could all learn a lot from each other.  The diversity in Hawai`i is one of the main reasons I chose to make Oahu my home.

I appreciate the time spent to read through my information, and look forward with working with each family I meet.  Thank you, and Aloha!

Meet Sarah!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Aloha, my name is Sarah! I am a twenty-three year old teacher from Mililani, Hawaii. I was born and lived for a few years in Upstate New York, and went to high school in Rhode Island, but in my heart, Hawaii is home. I received a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications from the University of Hawaii in May 2011! My hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, spending time with family and working out!

I work at a local, public elementary school as both a health teacher and intervention reading and math teacher for children who are struggling to meet the standards. It is an incredibly rewarding and fun job, as children are the most open-minded, active and imaginative folks around!

As a nanny I am always sure to strictly follow the directions of the parents I am working for, but almost as important, I try to develop relationships with each child I watch. As a teacher I have developed many techniques to make the children think whatever activity we are doing is wildly fun and exciting, and you can bet I use these techniques when watching children! I turn brushing teeth into an adventure, bed time into a contest and eating broccoli into a strength building exercise! I am there to ensure your child is safe, taken care of and most importantly to provide them with an enjoyable experience while you are away! I look forward to the opportunity to share time with you and your precious bundle of joy!