As much as I love my job, I don't love the first week. Yes, after 37 "first weeks", I'm still not happy with the first week. Why? Well, here are some reasons:
I don't like when I don't know the kids! I don't know their likes and dislikes. I can't remember which kids enjoy hockey and which kids have cats. I don't know the talents of these little guys yet! The best part of the job is the kiddos, and I don't know them yet!
They don't know my expectations. They don't know my sense of humor yet. They don't know my little hints. (Like when I make little kissing sounds, meaning they need to sit all the way down!) They don't know the meaning of my little sayings yet. ("Put your nose and toes to the door.") In fact, we haven't actually established the rules yet. That makes a difference, but we can't do it all in a couple of days!
Teachers know the meaning of "first week" tired! I've come home from school every day this week barely able to walk. I've neglected this blog all week. I've had tons of ideas, but I'm not able to sit upright and type. I can't even think through how to organize a post!
I've had a whole lot of pictures I wanted to take this week! I did actually manage to take some pictures on the first day for our wall display. (Those actually came out real cute.) But I didn't get any pictures of the kids DOING anything! Of course, that's actually because I was too BUSY with the kids! They really aren't very independent yet, so I have to do a whole lot of "hovering" to make sure they're doing what they're supposed to be doing. I'm hoping this gets better, since I'm going to have to start running records next week!
Believe it or not, this is quite a disappointment! Our local grocery store chain has been involved in a boycott for the last 6 weeks. The boycott caused a lot of people to be out of work or lose money. Most of us had to go to more expensive grocery stores, which were overcrowded because of the boycott. It was awful for so many people. Finally this week, the corporate big guys came to a decision and everyone is back at work.
They have been back in business for a couple of days, and people who have been to the stores have said they are the happiest places around! Workers are smiling, laughing, singing, thanking and hugging customers. Customers are smiling, hugging managers, and I even saw a facebook video of customers doing a conga line through one of the stores with their shopping carts!
And I'm too tired to shop tonight. I'll be there in the morning!
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