Intern for A House on Beekman!

Are you looking for an internship this summer? Are you in college? Do you like working with kids? Do you have a heart for ministry in NYC? Are you ready to have the best summer yet?

If you answered yes to all, some, or even one (well… maybe two) of those questions, read on!

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As an intern for A House on Beekman your primary role will be with our summer camp. Camp consists of 60 children and is split into 6 different groups divided up according to age. The age groups run from our graduated pre-schoolers through 5th grade and the intern’s job is to be the group leader for one of these groups the whole summer. Your daily routine will be to guide the groups to different activities throughout the day. Each week a new set of mission teams will come to assist with the different activities and will act as support for you and your group. Camp will start around 9:00 and end around 4:30 M-F. The main job of the interns is to consistently love the children of our neighborhood.

What you need to know:

  • Interns are required to be here June 20th – Aug 4th (2 weeks of prep & 1 week of cleanup)
  • Dates of actual camp: July 4th – July 29th
  • Housing is provided (kitchen, bathroom included)
  • Breakfast and lunch included as we will eat these meals at camp
  • This is not a paid internship, but there is an option to raise support if you want!

(We will suggest an appropriate amount and help you with the idea of fundraising and any literature or presentation materials you may need)

Most importantly, we want you to love our kids in a way they have never experienced before. A love that shows grace and humility. It is also very important to us that this summer consists of spiritual growth in your life as well. We will spend time with God together daily and be challenged in what it means to be a follower of Christ in a forgotten neighborhood.

So, want to apply? Fill out an application here

Feel free to direct any other questions to katie@ahouseonbeekman.org


PRESCHOOL POSITIONS OPEN!

988967_748265881925914_7166996486012957275_n-2We’re hiring for two positions in our Preschool program ASAP:  Pre-K Teaching Assistant and 3 Year Old Preschool Class Head Teacher.

The information on both positions is listed below. To inquire further or to submit your resume, email sloan@ahouseonbeekman.org.

PRE-K TEACHING ASSISTANT

A House on Beekman is seeking a Teaching Assistant for our Pre-K 4 year old classroom. The candidate should have experience working with young children, preferably between the ages of 3-5. Must be a team player, able to follow directions clearly, and energetic. Must have a love and understanding of young children and a patient and positive attitude. The candidate must also align with the organizational values of A House on Beekman.

Qualifications:

*At least 2 years prior experience working with children, required

*Bachelor’s Degree or New York State Teaching Assistant Certification, required

Primary Responsibilities:

*Assisting with any duties/responsibilities that will support the head teacher and the students

*Assist with instructional and non-instructional supervision of students as needed

*Assist with keeping accurate and organized records of student information

*Engage with families and other staff members to support student learning and maintain a positive environment

*Participate in staff and professional development on a regular basis

3 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOL CLASS HEAD TEACHER

A House on Beekman is seeking a Head Teacher for our 3 year old preschool classroom. The candidate should have experience working with young children, preferably between the ages of 2-4. Must be a team player, able to give directions clearly, and energetic. Must have a love and understanding of young children and a patient and positive attitude. The candidate must also align with the organizational values of A House on Beekman.

Qualifications:

*At least 2 years prior experience working with children, required

*Bachelor’s Degree, required

*Early Childhood Teacher Certification, preferred

Primary Responsibilities:

*Planning bi-weekly lessons

*Working with Education Director to create and maintain an age-appropriate curriculum that is developmentally sound

*Working with assistant to divide instructional and non-instructional duties

*Keep accurate and organized records of student information

*Engage with families and other staff members to support student learning and maintain a positive environment

*Participate in staff and professional development on occasion

Hours:

10-12 hours a week, with possible future program & role expansion


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Dads & Babies in Babies to Three!

**This post was written by Cole, a regular attender in our Babies to Three program**

I suppose I’m partially responsible for the change of name from ‘Mommy and Me’ to Babies to Three; otherwise it simply would have been inaccurate, as daddy and baby became a fixture of the program as much as any mommy. But really that’s besides the point.

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The Babies to Three program at A House on Beekman has really been an unexpected blessing to my family. It’s provided a place for us to learn, grow,  and share with other parents within our community – so for that I’m grateful.

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I discovered the program this past fall when my wife was student teaching in Manhattan, and so for the first time it was just me and baby all day, everyday. I was very intimidated at first by this new situation I found myself in, wondering how I was going to do it. Fortunately I was walking past the storefront like facade of A House on Beekman one early fall morning when a woman whose son is in the the pre-kindergarten program there managed to convince me to come inside and meet the Directors of  Babies to Three. Right away I connected with them and right away I felt comfortable there. I began to attend frequently and consistently after that, and it really helped me in that season just to know that there was a place where I could go where there was community, support, and acceptance.

Make A Joyful Noise!

Music is an extremely important part of a preschooler’s day-singing, chanting, moving to music and learning finger plays are all fun ways to learn and reinforce concepts of all kinds. Our kids love music!

Many of our preschoolers have never had the opportunity to be exposed to instruments outside of the drum or guitar. Imagine their delight when our own Ms. Lauren and Ms. Sarah brought real instruments to demonstrate!

We learned that string instruments make sounds when a bow is pulled across the strings, causing them to vibrate. The children were astounded to hear the beautiful sound Ms. Lauren made as she began playing! After performing a rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” Lauren gave each child a turn to play themselves. They felt like true musicians as they used the bow to play fast, slow, smooth and choppy!

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The next family of instruments we talked about was the wind family. The students loved demonstrating how blowing air into these instruments creates sound! Our own Ms. Sarah plays the clarinet, and she beautifully demonstrated its rich sound through scales and short songs. The children loved having an opportunity to experiment with button-pushing as Sarah blew air into the instrument. “It goes up!” “It goes down!” “It’s really fast!”

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With their confidence soaring, we decided to let the students themselves demonstrate the last family of instruments. They learned that percussion instruments are those you strike or shake to create sound. We had our own little band of percussion players as they experimented with cowbells, egg shakers, tambourines, jingle bells, and more!

 

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God knew what He was doing when He commanded us to “make joyful noises” unto Him! The gift of music enlarges our hearts and souls. Thank you, Lord, for music!