A little background for the newbies…
I have been a teacher since graduating from Clemson in 1998. I taught 2nd grade in the public schools. This past spring, I decided to leave the school system to be with my children at their preschool. I will work for 4 hours in the morning and the boys will be there with me. We will be saving an obscene amount of money by doing this instead of paying daycare and full tuition at school. I am so excited about this change.
I am certified in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education. You would think that teaching second grade is all fun and games. Since No Child Left Behind was passed and accountability for teachers was jammed down our throats, the fun stuff flew out the window. Don’t get me wrong, I loved second grade and the students I taught. That age is the perfect age group to teach…they are independent yet they love you to pieces. But my daily teaching was dictated by the state standards. I have longed for some time to just be able to teach without pressure.
With the start of school looming on the horizon (I start in 2 weeks), I have compiled a list of the things I am most excited about teaching preschool:
1. My children will be in classrooms on either side of my room. I am practically a SAHM, but not really. 🙂
2. I get to sing and dance and no one will laugh at me. Those are like my favorite things to do. EVER.
3. I get to cut and color. I love to cut and color!
4. No pressure.
5. I will have an aide. I have already started to call her my New Best Friend. She rocks.
6. If my kids get sick, I can just take them home. The school will get someone else in the room and I can be Mom without all the guilt. Guilt of leaving my classroom, guilt of feeling guilty because I am not there with my children.
7. I only work in the mornings.