Last year I taught kindergarten; I taught a lot of kindergarten. Five separate classes, five days a week with the same 33 kiddos.
It didn’t start out that way, I started out with Yellow Team (brand spankin’ new 5 year olds who didn’t know any English) and Blue and Purple Team ( 6 year olds who already had a year + of English). After Derik left, I inherited his students too: Green and Pink Team (7 year old graduating students).
I had my hands full, and I’m gonna be honest, sometimes I wanted to pull my hair out. I was so tired after teaching kindy that I just wanted to curl up and take a nap instead of teach the rest of my six elementary classes in the late afternoon.
There was always one fact that remained throughout the year, I absolutely adored these little troublemakers. The way they exuberantly loved and looked up to me as a teacher, it was always an encouragement to do better!
I haven’t actually written many posts about my little ones, and on my last day, my director Julie gave me the permission to snap away with my camera in class. Not all the students were enthused about getting their picture taken, so unfortunately you won’t see all 33. At least you can get a taste of the ‘goings on’ in my classroom on a daily basis!
Meet Yellow Team:
These guys are my babies, and I cannot believe how much they learned in the last year!! They went from knowing absolutely nothing to carrying on conversations about what they did on the weekends with me during class! I grew so attached to them in 12 months, I will really miss seeing their smiling faces every day.
Meet Blue and Purple Team:
The most opinionated, stubborn, smart, and downright silly children I’ve ever met were in these two classes. These six year olds knew how to have fun, make up stories, and read like no one’s business.
Meet Green and Pink Team:
These guys are smart…real smart. I swear 95% of them could outperform a kindergartner back in the States! Not only can these 7 year olds (um…thats 5 and 6 American age folks!) read big storybooks, but they can write journals paragraphs long. That’s in ENGLISH and not their native tongue. Talk about putting me to shame. I can barely read like a 2 year old in their language.
Derik had them from most of the year, I just took over for the last 4 months.
It’s been over a week since I’ve taught these guys, and I can truly say I will miss each and every one of them. My new schedule now consists of only a couple kindergarten classes and only two times a week. I can’t wait to get to know my new little ones!