Donna Cardoza, a teacher in the infant/toddler teacher room, came to the Early Learning Center in September. While she has worked in the field for 16 years with a variety of ages including preschoolers and school-age children, formerly at Wareham Child Care, infant/toddlers are her favorite.
“You can teach them so many things and they catch on so fast,” she says. “They are learning colors, shapes, the alphabet, numbers.” She expresses her enthusiasm for the children’s capacity to grasp new concepts so quickly. “It’s unbelievable,” Donna exclaims.
As well as currently learning two shapes a week—such as stars and circles—the infant/toddlers are singing lots of songs. “You ask them what they want to sing and they say, “E-I-E-I-0,” referring of course to “Old MacDonald Had a Farm.” Other favorites are “The Turtle Song” and “I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee.”
During their time in the infant/toddler room, from about 1 year old to 2 years-3 months, the children get very attached to Donna, and they miss her when they move on to the toddler/preschool room. And, though she’s sad to see them advance, she is obviously very proud of all their accomplishments and milestones under her care.
Donna, who lives in New Bedford, has three grown children, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. When asked what she likes to do when not at work, Donna smiles and jokingly says, “What free time?” On weekends, she likes to watch her two great grandsons, 2 and 3 years old, and she also spends lots of time with her 13-year-old granddaughter. During the summer, she will attend lots of family functions including, this upcoming July, her son’s wedding.