I left you reading in August, about how it’s a swear word! But as teachers do, we forget about the craziness that happens in the first months of school. I want to compare it to childbirth. You know wheat you went though to have your baby, but somehow you forget the actual pain and difficulty! You may want to do it again! Teachers do the same thing. We know we start over each year with new kids, but really…. it’s not that bad. Hah!
As a preschool teacher, my job is to initiate all things new and get them to learn how to be at school and do school stuff, write their name, know abcs, count, and play well with each other. Ooh and to keep them safe! Really, I do that, kind of. I first work at teaching how to sit at carpet time and not hurt each other while listening to a story. Then, I teach them how to line up, and stay in line, and stay in line, and stay in line, ooh and don’t rub your hands all along the wall on the way to the bathroom (after picking your nose of course!). I teach them to pick a chair to sit in for snack and activities. Ooh they can’t sit by that one person, now I teach them it’s ok to cry, but it’s just not their day or time to sit by that person.
In preschool it’s a requirement to be potty trained. We take 3 class trips to the big bathroom, have a bathroom in our classroom, yet somehow have to help change clothes a time or two a week. Thank goodness, that changing is now turning into playing in the water changing.
September was a month of so many new experiences. Cutting was one of them. Some I find out have never cut. Not a problem, that’s what preschool is for! Thumb up, open and shut them, thumb up, hold the paper, I can help you, please don’t cut me, stop cutting your glue stick, stop cutting the table, ooh buddy don’t cut your shirt!
October, we have mastered walking in line! We know to sit and wait to see what jobs are available! We’ve learned some friends names! Now we learn to say “when you’re done, can I play with that?”. Ooh you forgot to ask? Was it in their hands? Did you take it from them? How do you think it makes them feel? Not good. Yeah, probably not. What can we say next time? “When you’re done, can I play with that?” Yes we are practicing that one.
November is the month we focus hard on being thankful for the things we have and the things God has made. What are you thankful for kiddo?? Ooh that truck? Are you thankful you get you play with it at school? No? You’re thankful God made it last year? Ok, remind me to talk more about what God has made!!
December is here. What? We have a Christmas concert practice today and again tomorrow and the next, ooh and next Monday? Ooh and they cut into nap time? Ooh snack time is pushed back?? Kiddos are getting hangry! Ooh good, preschool practice is only 15 minutes, not too bad!! Back on schedule! Big kid buddies are coming to read with us! So fun! 20 minutes? Ok! Time to get some math fun in still?? Ooh yeah!! Let’s count to five with blocks, who can do it? Remember, the last number you say when counting is how many you have! Lets count! 1,2,3 how many do we have? 5? Ok lets count again.
I created a packet of worksheets (don’t stress out over that word!) and it is here at my TPT store 🙂 It was great for the kiddos who needed scissor/coloring/gluing/patterning practice!
But then, you hear “I love you ” or “I love school” or “do you want to play with me?” Or “look I zipped my coat all by myself!”.
All the difficult moments get covered up by all that really matters. Kids are being loved, taught how to be kind, are kept safe, and are taught some things along the way.
I love my “babies”. They are full of energy and have so many questions!
Tomorrow, go answer those kiddos questions, give them a smile, and enjoy it all!
Feel free to buy your favorite teachers a gift or two this month! We do so much, because we love what we do!
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