After working at WinCo Foods for 7 months, I started to realize the kid at home we struggling more than usual. So, I started to pray and tied to figure out how to earn the money we need and stay home more. The idea was born that maybe I should go back to teaching for 1/2 a day. The problem was finding a teaching job that was only half day and trying to find someone that would hire me.
Well, after months of searching, I was hired for a half day kindergarten position. “Kindergarten!”, I thought. The place where we color, write our name, play, read stories, sing songs, cut and glue. I mean, what could be better? Entertain 20 kiddos for 3 hours, I am a pro at that. This will be great! I will be home with my family at night and in the morning. I will work 4 hours with a 40 min round trip drive time. This will be easy peasy.
Little did I know how kindergarten has changed. The common core changed so much about teaching. But, this isn’t a post about that. 😉 this also isn’t a post about the standards kids are supposed to know by the end of kindergarten. Suffice it to say…when I was in school (a million years ago) I think I learned most of this stuff by 2 grade.
Let me just give you a little background on what we do in kindergarten. We recognize letters and sounds. We write our name. We learn sight words. we learn how to read. We learn how to follow directions. How to listen to another adults voice, for the first time. how to interact with others. How to write sentences. How to add, subtract, count to 100….and the list goes on and on.
In the few short months that I have taught kindergarten I am loving it more and more each day. It is gratifying to see how hard the kinders work to learn. They are a great group, that is for sure.
There are several things that I wish parents would know from a teacher. I am only going to share one of them today.
I am here to teach your child. I am not by any means perfect. I have flaws and I make mistakes. This is one of the things I hope to teach your child “it is okay to do your best and make a mistake. You don’t have to be perfect to succeed. You just have to keep trying and doing your best.” More importantly than teaching your child JUST academics, I am here to teach your whole child. I am interested in their family. I care about the social and emotional growth. I am hear to listen. I am here to guide. I am here to support and strengthen your child. I want them to be the best PERSON they can be. I am concerned with the academic as well but, if they are struggling in any area the academic isn’t going to matter. I am here for them.
Teaching isn’t an easy job. I am sure not “off” by 4pm. I am writing emails, looking up lesson plans. Trying to find ideas to help your little learner. I am looking for gifts. Trying to find inspiration, motivation and advice.