The prompts over at Three Word Wednesday
, and nourish
. And since I don’t feel like writing writing today, here’s a regular post into which the prompts happened to fit quite conveniently:
My first week of work at my new job has been great. I share a classroom of toddlers (1 year olds) with another teacher; we have 3 girls and 5 boys. I have to get up a lot earlier than I usually do, and I work a lot more hours than I used to when I was at the Lutheran Church. But I come home feeling happy and energized, instead of drained and bored. I have fun all day and the hours fly by.
The only thing is that I don’t know nearly enough about 1 year olds. I used to work with 3 year olds, and those 2 years in between means a world of difference. For example, one boy (I call him Bruiser) tugged on one of the girls arms (I call her Lovebug) and made her fall down. Now, I’m sure he didn’t do it deliberately. Bruiser was trying to pull himself up- he’s still learning to walk- but it started a pinching match between the two of them into which I had to intervene.
If it happened between a couple of 3 year olds, I would know how to handle the situation. I would know how to discipline Bruiser and I would assist reconciliation between them. But they’re 1 year olds- they don’t respond to or understand the same language that an older child would. I’m still not sure how to nourish and love all the kids in my class while keeping them all from hurting each other and crying all day. But I’m getting there.
I absolutely love watching the kids as they learn. One boy started stacking foam blocks one on top of the other yesterday, while all the others still revel in knocking them down. His eyes lit up when he saw what he had done. Another one doesn’t like coloring, but sits at the table absolutely fascinated with the way the cap fits onto the marker. Another will repeat, or try to repeat, just about any word you ask him to. So I can’t have two days alike- every day is a new and fresh experience for my kids, so every day is a new and fresh experience for me- even if I have to get up two hours earlier than I want.