Monday, September 3, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Pre-K 3 Class

Today is Labor Day.  I'm thankful for a three day weekend.  After all, I need this extra day of rest.

However, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to work in a classroom of three year old children.  It takes lots of patience.  And it's certainly helped motivate me to get back into shape.  After all, it can be hard keeping up with 19 little ones all day long.

I thought I'd share a day in the life with you today.

We always start our day saying the Pledge of Allegiance.  It's so cute to hear the voices of 3-4 year old children singing the Star Spangled Banner.

Since this is a new school year, we're back to the letter "A".  We have a poem and the children get to go on an "A" search.

They get to learn so much.  The beginning of the school year involves lots of teaching and reinforcement.  Heidi and I love to make learning fun in our classroom.  The children already know a few of our sayings.

It makes life easier when there are a variety of colors for scissors.

And here's another one:

There's no crying in preschool.

We took that one from the movie "A League of Their Own" when Tom Hanks character tells a woman who is on the baseball team he is coaching "There's no crying in baseball."

At the beginning of the year, there's always one or two who cry.  But they become distracted and eventually find that our day can be such fun.

They get to learn "on, under, beside ..."

They learn to write their name.

They learn to sit crisscross, applesauce, hands in your lap.

They learn that we're all friends in our class.

Miss Debbie has fun teaching a few things that aren't on our syllabus. Only a few of the children have mastered the art of snapping their finger.  Last year, Max was our best class snapper.  And this year it's Sam.  He's had an advantage though as his big sister Lily has been teaching him.  But Sam is the best snapper and he often greets me with a snap of his fingers.

Heidi read a book to the children called 'Pete the Cat'.  Sawyer loved the song that accompanied the book and often sings it in our class. He puts on a huge smile and starts singing spontaneously.  It's too funny!

I get to go to:

  • Computer class
  • Spanish class
  • Music class twice a week
  • Art class
  • PE class twice a week
Instead of sitting on the sidelines watching our PE teacher and the children, I love to join in.  I get down and do sit ups and push ups and jumping jacks and play duck, duck, goose.

Last week as I was doing push ups, little Colin jumped on my back and held my neck with his arms.  He got a little ride on Miss Debbie's back and had a big laugh.  I kept telling him to get off of my back but he just laughed and laughed.  I turned around and found a sea of faces in the window.  Many of the older kids I had in our after school program were watching.  They got a big chuckle at the sight.

I love our class.  At the end of each school year, I get sad as I have to say goodbye to the kids.  I'm so glad I still get to see many of them as they wave hello when we pass one another.  But I find that each school year provides me with another opportunity to love and teach children.  What a gift!

So on this Labor Day, I choose to be thankful for my job, the kids, Heidi and my other co-workers.

Colossians 3:23-24

New International Version (NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance(A) from the Lord as a reward.(B) It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Blessings and love,

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Karen Mortensen said...

What wonderful thoughts. Your job seems like so much fun. Hope you have a wonderful year.

BARBIE said...

I love preschoolers. I love teaching my 2-5 year old class at church. They are so eager to learn and bring me so much joy. Thanks for sharing a day in your life!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oddly enough, this sounds a lot like my day, minus the push ups and jumping jack! We even had school today; I'm saving our Labor Day for a time in the future when we need to get away and take a day off. My kids are doing great; I'm weary worn most days, but this is really a good thing for our family. For the record, I don't think I could keep up with preschoolers. I'll leave that to you young folk;)!


Heidi said...

And I am oh, so, grateful for you, Debbie! You pretty much captured out day (but you forgot to mention the all you can eat booger buffet!).

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

I'm sure there is never a dull moment. My little Grandson is starting preschool 4 next week, just two days a week but I can hardly wait to see how it goes. He is so animated and so aggressive but hopefully he'll settle in and do well.

Enjoyed sharing in a day of your life at work.

Happy week!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am smiling and laughing at the same time....after four evenings of chasing toddlers ages up to age 3 and I can say it is a work out...but since I have them around what should be bed time there is a lot of crying...or running!! My body is feeling it, but I am at the gym each day and trying to ride bikes with Benjamin. I am noticing I need more flexibility...I am taking your tips!

These are just precious pictures and how blessed these little ones are to have you through their day...hugs and a huge pat on the back!!

Lisa notes... said...

Oh, I love seeing this peek into your day! What a gift you are to these children (and their parents). I'd have to build up more stamina before I could keep up. :-) I'm glad that the Lord is using you in such sweet ways with these precious kids. Hope you're enjoying your day off.

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