Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hooray for Kindergarten Teachers

I forgot how crazy it can get in a classroom of twenty five and six - year olds. I had fifteen four year olds one year, without an aide, so you would think I would not forget the busy, busy, and often chaotic atmosphere that surrounds you while working with the little cherubs. And if you throw painting and a fussy 1 year old into the bunch it's really a rockin' time. I am tired and so glad I threw something into the crock pot this morning.

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my kiddos school and being Soph's homeroom Mom that puts me in charge of her class. The PTO decided we'd all make totes with the students painted fingerprints as artwork. We made a lovely garden and it turned out really cute. It would have been a breeze if 1. I had worn knee pads as I was kneeling on the floor assisting with the painting for an hour and 2. I did not have fussy Little One in tow. At one point I was kneeling, holding Little One in one arm and dipping little fingers in paint with the other hand.

Em had gone outside at recess, not sure why since the wind is blowing 50 MPH, really, that is not an exaggeration. She managed to get a big chunk of dirt in her eye and as soon as I walked into the school I was greeted by her music teacher who thought I was there to pick her up. So I checked in on her and her poor eye looked a mess so she got to go painting with me. I'm happy to report her eye seems to be fine now and it was actually nice to have her help in the classroom.

Whew, I'm glad I got that all done and behind me. Teachers deserve a special week, heck they deserve a blessed life. And I don't just say that as a former teacher, but as a parent who really appreciates the wisdom and kindness these women bestow on my children each day. I know there are some bad apples out there, but so far we have been blessed with really special women who definitely are fulfilling a ministry. Amen!

Okay, I am off to lay on the couch and count the freckles on my arms. On second thought I think I better do some laundry and put away clothes, oh and then there are dishes to unload and I need to dig something out to go with our pot roast....then I'll laze around:)

4 comments:

The Fritz Facts said...

Hooray is right. I spend Valentines Day in Boo's classroom, and have new found respect for her kindergartenh teacher. The patience this woman has, and the way she can handle the kids firmly without sounding that way amazes me.

Pat's Place said...

Sounds like another day with your hands full! Bravo for Home Room Mothers also!

Sasha @ Cherished Moments said...

Oh, wow. I have sooo much to look forward to, when Naomi hits school! And I thought 4 little ones in my house was bad enough - you are a star!

Kara said...

Patience, yes, that is the key! Sasha having four little ones in your house is very brave and very hard work...you rock!!