Well, I’ve been sick for a few days now…to be honest, I’ve been waiting for it to hit – and it finally did on Friday! For some reason I always manage to get sick within the first month of school – and it was no different this year! I think this is the worst cold I’ve had in months! I don’t remember feeling so bad in a long time! But today there was some semblance of normalcy back in my life and I didn’t feel like death warmed over all day – so that was good.
This morning we did some goldfish cracker sorting to go along with our ocean theme. We sorted them by color, and then colored in a graph to record how many of each color we had. Then we talked about what color they had the most of and what color they had the least of. I got through about half the class today and they all did really well! Afterward I let them eat their crackers – and this was of course their favorite part!
Well, this is it for my little update – maybe a longer post will come when I feel a little better (and less tired)! For those of you who are back at school – good luck with your new classes – and have fun! 🙂
Oh, what a day! I can honestly say I’m glad it’s over! This morning was quite hectic and we got way behind schedule! I was still optimistic about the children making their own books…but in the end it didn’t work out. Ms. Bennet and I had to clean up three different children after three different accidents! We had a little girl just stand in the middle of the room and wet her pants. She didn’t even ask to go potty. It doesn’t help that our entire room is carpeted. So one of us had to clean her and the other had to clean the floor. We also had two children get sick and vomit today. Once again, one of us cleaned the floor while the other cleaned the children.
I did observe some bright spots amidst the chaos today. We had Lego’s out and all the children playing with them started making Lego cell phones – with antennas. They started “calling” each other and having long conversations about where they were going and what they were going to do. Then all of a sudden one little boy started yelling into his phone, “I can hear your speaker phone all the way over here! You need to turn that thing down!” I almost started laughing! He repeated it two time until she responded to him, “I can’t turn it down or I won’t be able to hear you!” He looked very annoyed by her answer. Then another girl said, “Mine won’t turn off – this button won’t work!” She was “pushing” a button on her phone over and over again. It was too cute – I love seeing them use their imaginations!
Later on the playground I was very proud of my girls when I observed two of them playing with a car. They were sitting each other pushing the car back and forth between them. Then another girl from our class came up and said, “Can I please play too?” The response she got was, “You have to ask Kitten, she had the car first.” So she asked Kitten and got a quick nod, and the three of them started playing. A few minutes after that two more girls from our class came up to the group and one of them said, “Please can we play with you guys?” And they soon joined the group. A little while later 3 more girls from our class came up and sat down to watch the game. Then one of them said, “Kitten, can we please play your game?” After Kitten said yes, all the girls joined the circle and there they sat pushing the car around from girl to girl. I was very proud that they had all used their manners and could take turns and share so nicely! I was also secretly happy that the other teachers on the playground saw this too – it’s not impossible to teach young children manners – it just takes patience and persistence!
I’ve been ignoring my blog. Started feeling bad Sunday night and it just kept getting worse. By Wendesday I doubted I’d be at work on Thursday – but somehow I made it through and now I’m starting to feel normal again. Just a lingering cough now. Thank God! On my worst day I was coughing with such force that other teachers were looking at me with an expression that said “You better not throw-up on me!” I think I had the worse cold imaginable! But I’m back now and ready to keep going…