There are several things I have learned in the last few months as a preschool teacher, so I'm sharing them with you, in blog form.
1. Some parents will do anything to not have to deal with their kids for a few hours.
In the germ factory where I work, children get sent home sometimes. Fevers, diarrhea, and vomiting are typical reasons they leave. The rule is the child has to be well for 24 hours before they return. You wouldn't believe how often I'll send a child home at say 10:23am, only to have the child reappear the next day at 10:24am miraculously cured of all ills. (Of course they usually get sent home again when the Tylenol wears off)
2. A majority of my job is repeating the same things over and over.
Typical five minute period in Kelli's day (all names are fake, no real children are mentioned here cause I like my job thankyouverymuch)
"Time to clean up, class! David, put the markers away, it's clean up time! Stacy, put the blocks away! Jake turn off the computer and help pick up toys. David! I said put the markers up please. Stacy! We don't throw blocks at our friends! Jake! Computer off please! David, you need to stop coloring and clean up! Jake you need to stop playing the computer game! Stacy why did you just dump all the blocks out?!" This continues until I walk over and stop each child, and redirect them to the cleaning. Though this example contains three children rather than the 15-20 I deal with daily.
3. Sometimes children will intentionally blow or rub their snotty noses on you when they are mad at you.
This is the least fun part of my job.
4. You may think this doesn't need to be said, but omg does it ever. When sweet innocent Lisa walks up and says "Smell my hands Miss Kelli" DO NOT DO IT!
This doesn't really need clarification does it?
5. 3 and 4 year olds cannot stay in a straight line no matter how hard you try.
They are so easily distracted, it's not even funny.
6. My children are awesome.
Seriously, they are.
7. Kids DO say funny things!
One day while talking to a student, he described tripping and falling. To give him sympathy, I shared that I fall down a lot. His response? "Is that because you never learned to walk the right way?" I had to laugh and agree with him. Of course I can't remember half the things they say that make me laugh daily, but trust me they are great.
Even the nose blower. LOL
8. Kids eat strange crap.
Ranch dressing in chili. Ketchup on bread. Ketchup in applesauce. Bread dipped in milk. Turkey mixed with strawberries. Drop all your cookies in your milk, leave for 10 minutes then drink the slime. Salad with ranch and french dressing. Chicken sandwiches with BBQ, ketchup, mustard, and ranch.
9. I love my job.
It's not the job you think it is. It's not playing with toys and coloring all day. Mostly my job consists of trying to keep structure in chaos, while trying to help them learn. It's not a job you do to pay the bills. It's a job if you love children. Which I do.
That's all I have to say for now. I hope you all have a great day.
Thanks for reading!
I truly did love this job. It's been very hard for me to adjust to not having this job. It's still hard.