Monday, August 25, 2008

First Day is DONE!

First of all...THANK YOU for saying a prayer for me! I really appreciate the support!

The first day with the 4 year olds is done. We had fun. We played a game about the rules. We colored. We practiced writing our names. We played outside. We read stories. We sang songs. We had fun...oh, I think I said that already.
It was a bit awkward for me. I'm used to being in charge of a classroom. That is how it was in the past, I was in charge and had a teacher aide. But this year I am co-teaching with another lady. We have not taught together before. So...since we don't know each other's teaching style, she is teaching the 4's and I'm teaching the 3's for the first month or so, and then we will re-evaluate how we want to co-teach. Well, being the aide, I wasn't always sure what I was supposed to do, where my boundaries were, etc. The kids need to see me not as an aide, but also as their teacher. It was nice because I got to sit back and watch the kids instead of to watch them in action. I also got to see the way my partner does things. We are very different, but not in a bad way. She's more of the grandma-type....loving, yet strict, rigid, yet soft (does that make any sense?) I do a lot more 'transition' activities than she did. I ask a lot more questions than she did. It will be interesting to see how this year develops. My co-teacher has been teaching for 20 years and is very good at what she does, though she does not have any formal training except for the professional development required by the state. I have a college degree in early childhood education, but only 4 years of teaching experience. Like I said, it should be an interesting year. We will ALL learn a lot!!
Tomorrow the 3's come in for the first day. It should be a whole new ballgame! These little ones will probably have a hard time. For many of them this is the first time they will be away from mom. It will be scary. Please say a prayer for not only me, but also for all these precious little ones.
Well, it's 6:02, and I think I need to figure out what is for supper...I'm thinking sloppy-joes, cantaloupe and cucumbers (the custodians at preschool have a wonderful garden, and they share their bounty!! What a blessing!) . Maybe a little ice cream for dessert!!!
Night all-

1 comment:

Loni said...

I'm glad your first day went well! I am sure your second one will be great.
Nat has two teachers in her room also (18 kids) and from what I can tell she sees them both as her teachers. I don't know how they divide up the duties yet, but it seems there is one main teacher and an aide. But Nat came home saying she had two teachers! I'm sure "your" kids will see you as a teacher as well!
Let us know how today goes!!
Love ya!