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The words in my brain

27 Mar

All day long my brain is filled with little snippets of ideas that I want to write about.  These thoughts flow in and out as quickly as I breathe.

If I were organized, I would write those bits and pieces down the moment they popped into my brain.  Then if I had the time, I would expand on those thoughts and write and write until the thought was an actual post.

Some people start rough drafts on their blogs and save them.  Not me.  I only write when I finally have a complete thought and the time to put it into the computer. 

I’ve always worked that way.

Even when I teach.

I always have an outline of what I want to teach and then I go with the flow.  I make up a poem or a song on the spot so that it fits the lesson that I am trying to teach.  All because of the words that float around in my brain.

I live in the moment, I guess.

At least I like to believe that I do.   Most people would say I save things for the last minute.

I do that too.

I have a lot of words I want to share, I just need to get them organized and put into complete thoughts.

Instead of waiting until the last minute.

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


28 Jan

How do you transition?

Do you scream?  Do you yell?

Do you stomp off and cry?

Do you do what you’re told and don’t ask why?

Do you even try?

Do you come when you’re called?  Or do you hide?

Do you say something snide?

Do you keep it all bottled up inside?

Are  you helpful?  Are you thoughtful?

Are you mean or quite possibly awful?

Are you mad?  Are you sad?

Or does this all make you glad?

Are you bad?

Do you stop and think?  Or stare and blink?

Or is your excitement just on the brink?

Do you smile? 

Or do you frown for a while?

Do you cross your arms and glare with style?

Do you anticipate what’s coming up?

Or maybe you just want to give up?

Do you kick?  Do you hit?

Do you throw a fit?

Do you sit?

It’s a hard job as you can see,

To conduct the Preschool Transitioning Melody.

Mrs. V

The Dings in my Armour

23 Jan

I am by nature an optimist, a Pollyanna, a glass half-full sort of person.  My personality has always been my secure armour in this all too often cruel world. 

During the past few months that armour has taken some hard hits.  I almost think it is a life test to make sure that I really am an optimist.  That I’m not faking it or hiding my true feelings.

To be honest, I was beginning to doubt my own optimism. 

Then the other day a dear friend told me that I was amazing because I was still smiling and laughing, even when things weren’t so going so well and I wasn’t feeling my best.  It was a compliment worth thinking about, and I have indeed put some thought into it. 

I really do believe that it is okay to smile and laugh when things aren’t going so well.  In fact, it might help you feel a little bit better, and it may help those around you feel a little bit better too.

I like being an optimist. 

My armour might be dented, but it is still intact. 

And that gives me something to smile about.

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