Life in Pre-K

Ok, have you noticed I haven’t blogged in umm well, since Aug 9th. Whoa- do I have a lot to tell you!!! I’ve been busy!

August 28th- First day of school. First day as a teacher. Pre-K teacher. First day with 25 4 year olds in one room with a teacher that had NO idea what she was going to do. Yep- that teacher, was me. It. Was. Horrifying. I had a kid yell at me the first day and say words that no child should say. Needless to say, I went home crying thinking “WHAT IN THE WORLD DID I GET MYSELF INTO!” My mom now tells me she was scared I wasn’t going to go back and face those kids the second day. But I did. I got up, took some tums, and went to work. It was so much better the second day. I didn’t cry the second day. Third day? It was like the first day. Why?! I was scared out of my mind after that. I just knew I would fail. But guess what? It’s now October 19 and I LOVE my job. Absolutely LOVE it. Do I have rough days? For sure. Do I let it get to me and bring me down? No. I just deal with it. And hope for a better day the next day. So… what’s life like in Pre-K? Let me fill you in. 🙂 (And yes, all of these have happened)

Boogers (lots of boogers), yelling/crying/kicking/screaming, potty words (I ask what was said and the answer I get is “poop!!”) haha, putting god knows what in their mouths, bathing in sanitizer, stomach viruses, laughs, giggles, singing, dancing, stories (ALL kinds of stories), heart break, LOVE, pictures from my students to me to hang on the wall by my desk (they love to make me pictures of lions and of me and words they spell….. which I can never figure out what any of it is.. I just say WOW, it’s so pretty! Explain it for me… haha) and most recently… LICE. eeek!

That’s right. Lice. Disgusting. It’s like a reoccurring cycle in my classroom. Someone has it every day it seems and they are sent home. I don’t know about you but the moment I hear the word LICE, my head starts to itch. It’s itching now just thinking about it. So last night what do I do? I go to target and get the last box of RID by Bayer and treat my hair. Just to make sure. 🙂 I coated my hair and then freaked out thinking.. omg what if bugs come out? GROSS. Luckily that didn’t happen. I was lice free 🙂 Whew!!! So many hugs are given throughout the day, I was just convinced I had lice- and I am convinced I will have it before the end of the school year at least once. Yuck!

Teaching Pre-K is a big challenge some days. But there is not one day that I wake up and don’t want to go to work. I love my kids. I can’t wait to see them every morning. They brighten up my day every single day. Anything on my mind disappears when I see their smiling faces. We are all finally figuring each other out, and learning routines. Soon, my class will be a well oiled machine 🙂 I am very lucky. I have a great class and a lot of bright kiddos. Every day we laugh about so many things. Whether it’s me being goofy or something one of them says (and yes, kids really do say the craziest things). We have a class fish named Nemo– how original right? Ok, it was either that or Squirelly… is that even a word? It is in Pre-K!

So far, we have gotten to see a fire truck and fireman, a police man and we got to play in the police cars (One of my girls sang Old McDonald Farm on the car intercom for the world to hear, it was precious), yesterday the high school came and brought animals to visit us (so cool!). We’ve made self portraits, family portraits, dolls representing ourselves, bats, haunted houses, and next week we are starting on spiders, and then pumpkins. Right now on my wall in the hall by my classroom is a spider web, and haunted houses, bats hanging and soon will be handprint spiders!

I really wanted to tell more stories but I can’t think of anything to tell.

I am TIRED. lol!

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I’ve got a big girl job now!

That’s right, I got a job! I am so excited. I originally got hired as a kindergarten teacher but was switched to Pre-k! This is going to be a huge change in life. I got that degree, I landed a job and now the fun begins…

That’s right… Getting ready for the first day of school. Stressful stuff going on here! But it’s fun, exciting and new. I love it. I will be posting before and after pictures as soon as I get my room complete (or close to it). I am sure I will be changing things and adding stuff up until the first day.

I can’t wait to meet my kiddos.

I started this year off rough, but it just keeps getting better and better!

Get ready for some exciting new posts soon by yours truly. 🙂

English is a Crazy Language

I got an e-mail from a friend that included this. Whoever came up with this is awesome! Wish I could give them credit but I do not know who they are. Please remember- I did not personally write any of the information below and am not taking credit for it.

You think English is easy??

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear..

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig..

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’ ?

You lovers of the English language might enjoy this ..

There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP ?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP?

Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

We call UP our friends.

And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver; we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car..

At other times the little word has real special meaning.

People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary.

In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP. When it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so……..it is time to shut UP!

The Unexpected

Sometimes things in life can be pretty unpredictable, unless of course you’re one of those people that likes to know exactly what’s going on, when, where, why, and how. Well, I’m one of those people. I hate the unknown and usually try to know as much information as possible or available to me depending on the situation. When there is information I need or want to know and its not available to me I go crazy and usually have a minor panic attack.

All summer I have waited for my internship placement. The school, the grade level, my mentor. I waited and waited. August 10th or so I found out I will be at Lomax Elementary. I was getting excited!! My next bit of information I wanted, was to be told that I was going to be teaching 1st grade because I just knew I would get what I wanted! Well, today I got the news…drum roll please!!!! The answer is….

5th grade

DO WHAT?! I seriously thought to myself and honestly think I said out loud. That’s right people, I got 5th grade. Excited, you may ask? Well not so much at first, in fact scared to the bone was my first thought. I’m so scared! I have never worked with students above 3rd grade.

I know this is going to be a great learning experience and I’m sure I’m going to love every minute of it. But this is a major adjustment for me. I’m used to singing songs and doing embarrassing things to keep the attention of my little 1st graders. I can’t do my silly little stuff with 5th graders! They will think I’m crazy! Even if I swear to them that I’m not and I’m just trying to have a little fun.

I can see it now..

Student A: “Did you see Ms. Zantop in class? O M G she is nuts!
Student B: “Yeah I know she is, I cant believe they let her teach us, she is soo embarrassing!

Well the moral to my story, even for people like me, life can have unexpected things happen. I don’t know how I will make it through the next year. I hope I don’t get eaten alive by these kiddos. I hope my mentor is amazing, helpful, and understanding. I hope for the best. That is all I can do.

Things will be OK… right?
Ha!

Goodnight readers! Post comments and please come back soon! ♥♥