Recess release. We all went outside to play. I felt like they needed that release. As soon as they saw all the toys, they ran and they looked so happy. It was fun for me, too. I played football with a few different children and tried to interact with all of them. There was more of a connection after playing together — they were more relaxed after. Some of them would walk away from me because they were so afraid of me, but by the end even the child who was the most squeamish came over to me and hugged me.
Keeping them together. At one point, a couple of children were crying because they didn’t want to follow our routine. Some of them were grabbing things from the music area or from the science area, which is understandable — they wanted to do their own thing. They see all these wonderful toys and want to play with everything all at once. The most challenging thing at the beginning of pre-K is trying to keep them together, trying to explain that we work as a team and we’re doing this now together.
Where I belong. I’ve been teaching for 31 years, 10 years in pre-K. Pre-K is where I feel like I belong. We see such a huge progression from the beginning to the end of the year, and it’s so nice to be a part of that. I really have a lot of confidence that these students are going to make great strides this year. We’re off to a good start!