I’m exhausted already! I don’t think many people realize how much work is entailed in setting up a new classroom, especially an “early childhood” one. My son has remarked several times this week as I’ve carried stuff out the door that 1. I have too much stuff and 2. I need a pickup. A truck would be nice, but, no, I don’t have too much stuff. It takes a lot of toys and games and puzzles and books and other “stuff” to teach children. They don’t retain as much from writing on a piece of paper as they do by handling things and working out problems on their own. Not to belabor the point, but if I give a child five sticks and ask him to take two away and tell me how many are left, the concept is much clearer to him than seeing “5-2=” on a piece of paper.
I’m also tired from trying to catch up with our yard work. We finally got the lawn finished again after doing without a mower for several days. Last night we weeded the hill across from the DQ.
Also finishing up some personal projects and paperwork. Once school starts my time and priorities are different. My class gets most of my time and attention, so the other little pieces of my life have to be adjusted. Usually that means my husband doesn’t get a hot breakfast, the laundry piles up until the weekend, and my computer work is always behind. However, this year I’m “gaining” an hour and a half by working closer to home. That should be very helpful if I don’t waste it.
I’m feeling old fashioned and technologically challenged again this week. I never feel that way until my children are home (my daughters will be happy to know that their brother evokes the same feelings in my poor psyche). The questions and subtle comments start almost immediately: “Two channels? Where are the other ones?” “Why don’t you have a cordless phone?” “What do you mean, you don’t use the dishwasher?” “Your computer is so-o-o slow.” Yes, welcome to the dark ages. I’m selling tickets.
Well, if I don’t get off this computer I won’t have time to finish my room today. I’m trying to get all of the physical things in place so I can start the fun projects like bulletin boards and name tags and welcome cards. Have a great day!