Yesterday was my first day teaching four year old pre-k. It was exhausting! I have been back to work for about four weeks now but up until yesterday I had no students. People kept telling me how lucky I was not to have kids yet, and how lucky I am that I don't have to write my own lesson plans. I can tell you one thing. I am NOT as lucky as they think! People don't seem to understand the prep work and paperwork that pre-k requires. They also don't understand that we have to test children into the program and do home visits! I can promise you I was not sitting around eating chocolates for the past few weeks!
Well, yesterday went just like you might imagine. I had a few tears in the morning, but not nearly as many as I thought I'd have. I had some concerned parents. I had children who act as if they've never heard the words no, or stop before...and maybe they haven't. I also learned the names of a few students very quickly. Those of you who are teachers know that the kids whose names you learn first, are they ones that drive you nuts! I had one boy MS who had very little self control and talked a lot. I have already named a few of my gray hairs after him! Here's an example of MS. "Mrs. Hainey is it time to play? I want to play with the dinosaurs. When are we going to play? Can I get some water? I gotta pee. Is it time to play now? Can I eat the cookies? I want to eat the cookies. Mrs. Hainey is it time to play now?" Imagine all that coming out of a four year old in about the span of five minutes! He drove me nuts! But he is the cutest thing I've ever seen and I think that once I get him trained he will be just fine! Today he knocked over some one's block tower. I said "MS why did you knock down her tower?" He replied "because it's fun to knock stuff down!"
I think pre-k will be a great adventure and I am looking forward to falling in love with a new group of kids. I am going to try to stay positive and give my students opportunities that they would not otherwise have. I guess in a way all those teachers were right. I am really lucky. I have students that smile at me every morning even when they've nothing to smile about. They already love me and look up to me. I think it's an honor to be allowed to work with and get to know these precious children.