Tomorrow is the day....the day I've been preparing my heart and mind for since last Spring. Everyone asks if I'm ready...if I'm excited...if I'm nervous.
Yes, I am ready, excited, and nervous. I think every teacher, whether it's their 40th year of teaching or 1st year of teaching, feels all of these emotions. It's normal to feel conflicting emotions at the beginning of new chapters in life, new years, new experiences.
I am so stinkin excited to be teaching at a Christian school with a class of 7 adorable children. Having the freedom to teach the curriculum how I want to is so freeing to this teacher at heart. I know there are teachers out that that love having everything laid out for them, but what really excites me is taking the topic and objectives and finding a creative way to teach it.
The only issue I'm going to have is balance. Because I have so much freedom in lesson planning it's easy for me to get caught up on pinterest and google searching for creative ways to teach a lesson. My plan is to work late on the Fridays that Brian is off work to plan several weeks ahead...this way I won't be spending all of my evenings on the computer. One of the reasons I chose to teach at this school was because my family is my priority....I need to keep it that way!
I'm excited for Karsten to begin his school year as well. We've been talking about school a lot lately and he seemed to enjoy Open House on Thursday night. His room is decorated in an ocean theme so he loves that! Tonight I read The Kissing Hand to him and nearly bawled my eyes out. Realizing that the chapter of being a stay at home Mom has come to an end is bittersweet. My motto "the days are long, but the years are short" rung in my ears as I tucked him into bed tonight.
Here are some photos of my classroom. I think Karsten has messed up the settings on my small camera because all of these photos look terrible.
I'm still missing a white board and bookshelf. Once those arrive I'll put up the alphabet and a few more posters.
I LOVE that I was able to hang a Fruit of the Spirit poster and Armor of God poster in my room. The place below the poster is where our weekly Bible verse will hang.
Not only am I a teacher this year, but I'm a parent of a student too. I bought these flowers for Karsten to give his teacher tomorrow morning. I recycled a spaghetti sauce jar (I always keep a few jars around) and wrapped paper around it, adding a ribbon and tag. What teacher wouldn't love flowers on the first day of school?! I encourage any parents who read my blog to get a little something for your child's teacher this week. Teachers have been working hard for several weeks to prepare for your child. Find out what they like and then treat them! BTW...these flowers were on clearance at Kroger for $4...seriously!
Another find today at Kroger were these Rubbermaid lunch containers. They were $5.99, but if you opened up the package there was a $2 off coupon to use, bringing them to $3.99. It even includes a ice pack! I bought 2 salad containers for Brian and I and the kids container for Karsten. Just had to share!
and just for documentation I took a photo of Karsten's First Day lunch which includes turkey, string cheese, crackers, grapes, carrots, yogurt, and pretzels with peanut butter. Yes, LOTS of choices, but I want him to eat something so choices he got!
Well it's my bedtime...yep 8:45 and I'm off to bed....welcome to my new life!