Well, my friends, after the first two days of Pre-K, I can finally say that I feel the school year (and my career) has begun!
Was it messy? Yes.
Was it completely chaotic at times? YES.
Did I almost lose my voice after the first morning? Yes.
Did we have a few tears? Yes (but way fewer than I mentally prepared myself for).
Did I have to run after a wandering student several times? Yes.
Did I tie shoes, zip zippers, and pull sweaters over heads? Yes. About 100 times. And we are going to start working on independence with these tasks ASAP – haha.
Did I absolutely love it? Yes!
Having my mornings filled with Pre-K now makes my day go a lot faster! The time really flies when you spend your time with 15 three and four year olds. And boy, do they keep you on your toes! Never a dull moment.
I would say that the first two days were a major success! We are working on learning basic routines and procedures at school, and I think this next full week coming up will help solidify these expectations.
I even got all of my students sitting in small groups doing table work on the SECOND DAY!!! Sure, it may have only lasted a few minutes, but I call that a victory!
As I looked back through pictures of the two morning we spent together, my heart soared. I was overwhelmed with pride and love for these amazing little people I get to call my students. It truly is amazing that I am getting paid to spend my day with these lovely, blossoming little learners and be a part of their lives. I promise I won’t take it for granted.