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alarm shockingly ringing

school year beginning

Mrs. V

Pardon the dust

17 Aug

So after months of thinking about it, I have come to a decision about this blog of mine.

I’m going to keep it.

Are you thrilled?

But in order to do so, I need to do a little remodeling, revamping,  and well, re-whatever it needs.

I hope to be finished by the start of my 9th year of teaching preschool.

Mrs. V

Small steps

14 Feb

The small steps of progress by the children in my classroom often bring me the greatest joy.  

~The child who has written the last letter of his/her name backward suddenly has it going the right direction.

~The child who cannot write his/her name, starts writing the first letter of that name on each piece of artwork.

~The child who asks me how to draw a person, and then draws his/her own person for the very first time.

~The child who has learned to zip his/her coat and chooses to share his/her enthusiasm with us.

~The children painting with letter shaped cookie cutters purposefully turning the cookie cutters so that the letters face the correct direction.

~The children who have avoided the art and writing tables because of fine motor difficulties are beginning to try the activities.

~The child who shows me that he/she knows how to read and/or write a few words that we’ve talked about in class.

~The child who comforts a classmate who is sad or hurt.

~The child who shares because he/she wants to, not because he/she was told to.

~The child who finishes the floor jigsaw puzzle by his/herself.

~The child who self-corrects and tries again while completing an activity, using a skill learned in class.

~The children who weren’t ready to talk to me are beginning to share a thought or two, a smile, and a small connection.

~The child who makes a gift for someone because he/she knows it will make that someone smile.

We are halfway through our preschool year and their small steps will walk us through the rest of our days together, when they’ll take the huge leap into kindergarten.  With each group of children I teach, I am always amazed by how much they learn and grow during the year they are at our preschool.

I “don’t sweat the small stuff.”  I rejoice in it.

Mrs. V

At a crossroads

3 Jan

What can I say?

I could bore you with the ugly details with how the last 2.5 months of 2009 pushed me to my limits physically, emotionally and mentally, but I won’t do that.  I can honestly say that my winter break could not come soon enough.  It gave me the time I needed just to breathe and relax.

So my blog has been sitting here in cyber space completely neglected since, well, November, I guess.  I confess that I didn’t do much blog reading either.  I really did miss those simple pleasures, but my energies were elsewhere. 

I’m at a crossroads.  Do I keep my blog?  If I keep my blog do I continue to write about teaching?  A (big) part of me worries that I don’t (or won’t) have anything remotely funny to write about.  I don’t think I’ve lost my sense of humor, but I think (and hope) that it has just been hibernating since October.

Goodness knows I’ll need that sense of humor when I return to the classroom tomorrow morning with my students who have not been at school for 16 days.  

And just to prove that I haven’t lost my ability to add  a dash more crazy to existing craziness, we will also have show and tell tomorrow. 

I really do prefer the controlled chaos that I create, instead of the out of control chaos that I experienced at the end of 2009. 

So I’m ringing in 2010 with great enthusiasm and hope.

Once I feel confident with where I’m going, I’ll feel confident in where this blog is or is not going.

Happy New Year!

Mrs. V

Slowly chewing…

25 Aug

Chipmunk cheeks[1]

A change is about to occur in my life.  Actually, I’d have to say that a big change is about to occur in my life.

Those who know me, also know that it takes time for me to adjust to change.

Next week my 2009-2010 preschool year begins. I’m very excited and cannot wait to get back in the classroom.

Next week I will also start my part time job at the local public library as a book shelver. I will be working there on my non-teaching days, and occasional weekends.

Next week I will be officially working 40 hours a week, outside the home, for the first time in almost 13 years.

Next week will bring about a really big change for myself and for my family.

Why am I doing this?

My preschool job, which I love, is only part time.  My children are now 11 and 13, and even though they no longer need child care, they do need braces, glasses, shoes, instruments, and other teenage-sized expenses.   My son will be going to college in 5 short years and my daughter will be headed that same direction in 7 years.  It is becoming a matter of economics.

This additional job I’ve chosen is a quiet job, that requires no planning or work outside of the hours I am at the library.  It holds the promise of being low on the stress scale.   These are employment qualities that appeal to me, and will leave me with the energy I need and want to devote to my preschool students.

Yes this is definitely a big change.

Will this change my life?  I’m certain it will. 

Am I ready for it? I think so.

Is my family ready for it? I think so, and I really hope so.

And I seriously hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew. So I plan to chew slowly.

Very slowly.

Mrs. V