I've been back in kindergarten for two weeks. Two very exhausting, very trying weeks.
The first morning brought me 17 little darlings. They came in with their smiles, their excitement, and their take on the world approach to life. They were followed by 18 equally wonderful bundles of energy in the afternoon. And they all looked to me for everything. The "where is" questions, the "how do I" questions, the "when can I" questions, and the "how come" questions. I did my best to answer each and every one, but I'm sure some went unanswered.
I teach in a rather small school. I am the only kindergarten teacher. I am the only one who interacts with these kids daily. I know they depend on me for all of their school needs, but I don't know them yet. Unlike the other teachers in my school, I can't go to the teacher before me and get infomation about my kiddos. More than the academic stuff. The important stuff like what can turn tears into a smile and what makes them giggle. There is so much to learn about each and every one of those 35 kids. I know it takes time. I know it takes work. But I want to know now. I don't want to waste a day.
We've learned a lot during the first two weeks. They know my name. They can now find their favorite toys. They know where their math journals go. They know what to do when they finish their work. I know what books are their favorites so far. I know who needs more time. I know who needs help but won't always ask for it. I know what some of the looks on their faces really mean.
So, I've been back in kindergaten for two weeks. Two very exhausting, very trying weeks. And now the foundation has been set for a fantastic year.