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Overall, quite well.

The Good:
Ike listened.
Ike was open to taking instruction from me
Ike followed instructions
We had fun
Pretty art was made
Ike seemed to get the idea of the how something was to be done
Transition songs rock
Using my helper of the day to get things done (set up and clean up)

The Bad:
When one gets hyper, they all get hyper
I'm still getting too frustrated
Its hard getting Ike to focus with the girls around distracting him
Ike tries to instruct the girls

Yea! No "The Ugly"!

The Needs Improvement (now this we have)
Snack trays made before people get up
Premixing paint and getting paper ripped out of pads before people get up in the morning
Getting all supplies out on counter before starting circle time
Circle Time
The sink must be empty and clean after breakfast on Painting day. I need the sink empty to soak the paper, nothing interrupts the flow like having to stop and empty the sink of dishes.

Brief Mention of next week's plan:
Block Crayon drawing (more involved plan before the end of the weekend)

It would be easy to get totally down on myself and say "I couldn't get through my circle time plan, I couldn't get Ike to do mental math on the walk, etc, etc" and get very discouraged. But I'm remembering that this is new, it will take baby steps to teach the kids the difference between normal being at home time & school time (although its cute that Gwen wants to call me Teacher). And I'm still figuring all this out. But after this week, I'm thinking its going to be a great school year.

Assuming I get enough sleep.


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Sep. 1st, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! Sounds great! And remember, you're one person. In classrooms, there's "prep time" for the teacher or the assistant to rip out the paper and put all the supplies in one corner n' stuff.
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Impatience and frustration is a problem I'm having, too. I don't know what happened, but somewhere between having Melanie and staying out of the classroom for so long, I have a hard time keeping my cool with kids. I need to retrain. :(
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think its part of that "I told you to do something, now do it!" =)

We get too used to our husbands doing things when we ask them to and get really, really surprised when the kids say NO!

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

You must be really bored at work today.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
LOL! Of course, my husband doesn't listen to me, so I doubt that...
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