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
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.
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,