Well I just ended my 4th week of the new school year and I’ve survived 1 case of the stomach flu and 1 bad summer cold (as well as 15 children)! And I’m exhausted! I forgot how it felt to get a new class into the routine and all the frustrations that come along with that job! I’ve been very frustrated lately with how my class has been behaving and I was sure I’d never had a class like this before until I read my post from last August! I won’t write the same things now – that pretty much sums up what I’m going through!
I thought I could avoid that situation this year by being very intentional when I introduced new toys/activities – I take everything to the carpet at circle time and show/discuss how everything is to be (or not to be) used. But they still aren’t getting it and I’ve had toys/containers/baskets/books broken! Beyond modeling and discussing how to treat items respectfully, how do I get them to understand how to handle things with care?! Should I get the parents involved and write a note? Any feedback would be appreciated!
In other news, Parents Night (or Back to School Night or Open House – whatever you call it) was a great success! Aside from the fact that I did it all by myself this year (which made me extremely nervous) I had all but 2 families show up! They all seemed very pleased with what I had to say and got all their questions answered! I haven’t had one complaint yet – and I hope I won’t have any in the future! My families seem to want to be involved and know what’s going on in the classroom – and for that I’m thankful. The two families that didn’t show up are two that should have been there to hear what I had to say. Each of these families has a boy who is having behavioral issues and I’m constantly writing notes home (because I believe these parents are avoiding talking to me). But hopefully I can get them on track!
Okay, I feel like I’m rambling now…I’ll try to get online more consistently to give updates and let you know what I’m doing in class. I just feel like I’ve been really scattered and disorganized lately – even though I do plan in advance what I’m going to be doing! Just seems like I’m always running out of time! AAAHHHHH! Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy! LOL But I think it’s just the “beginning-of-school-getting-back-into-the-routine” thing! 🙂 Hope all of you are enjoying your new class (or will be soon)!