Some Days Are Like That
You ask, "How'd your day go?" My question back to you sis is, "Do you really want to know". And the ones in my head are where do I start and will she even believe me.
The names in this artcle have been changed to protect the not so innocent lol.
My day…hmmm… lets see, in the first 20 minutes of kids arriving we discovered Jenn had stuck her hands down her dirty diaper and smeared it all over her legs. The other teacher was the first to grab her and get her hands washed and then as the coteacher was cleaning up her own shirt from getting too close, I cleaned up Jenn and changed her. Guess what, mom forgot to pack change of clothes. So now the other teacher is searching the spare clothes container again for something that fits one of our children.
While that was going on the other children dumped our containers of little people into the discovery table that was full of Easter grass and plastic eggs. I understand that people do like to walk in the grass, we as teachers can see the thought process and smile. But that smile might wane a bit as we are also picking that staticy Easter grass up from all over that side of the room as we repeat one of our daily mantras, “Remember kids it needs to stay in the discovery table.”
Then at snack John had pulled the lid half off his cup with his teeth while he was drinking his milk spilling it all down the front of his clothes and onto the floor. And yes parents we love fruit and cheese for snack. But what were you thinking, pineapple tidbits still in the juice. Talk about sticky kids. By this time the co teacher and I are discussing if the boss will let our associate go to HyVee a couple blocks away to buy us those frozen drinks and have them waiting for us at the end of the day, the moment all those kids walk out our door lol.
Moving on to art, let’s see it’s one of those weeks where you have to do 2 art activities because you are making the Easter baskets and the take home art project. Luckily we had already got a head start by tracing and cutting around shoe prints before snack so my partner worked on the baskets and I helped kids with the shoe bunnies. In the process John and Jenn had pulled out the easter grass again out of the sack it was in on our table and threw it all over themselves and the floor and half the carpet along with the cotton balls we were using as tails all mixed together of course. After I sorted through and swept that up and was back working on shoe bunnies with kids we saw Jenn grab the plastic bag of pom poms for the noses and told her she needed to put it back on the table as she then ran with it holding it upside down and dumping them all out everywhere, and you guessed it, smiling that impish grin we know so well back at me as I’m racing to catch her.
You’re right she purposely disobeyed; she knew she would be helping to pick them up and sitting in a 2 min time out. But I’m thinking with that smile daring me to catch her in time, the fun outweighed the consequences in her little mind. My co teacher then proceeded to get diapers done while I finished cleaning up the art mess which covered about twice the area it normally does with that grass clinging to everything and stray pieces on every toy and kid’s shoe in the 10ft radius. I smiled as I promised the other teacher I would never bring in the Easter grass again. But we have both said that before too lol.
By that time it was lunch time. Ok for lunch, you could say we corral our young twos in high chairs so they don’t try to take each other’s food. Sitting around the table at snack is easier because everyone has the same snack. Anyway, guess who fell asleep in their high chair - ya Jenn. Which teacher let out that big sigh thinking about all the energy she’ll have after she wakes up? I’ll never tell lol. Did we need that 30 min break oh heck ya - but afterwards she was full of energy again just as we predicted. After stories and diapers, we finally got them in their jackets and outside for the last few minutes of the day. And yes we as the teachers are holding back our whoop of joy too. They can finally run in the playground area and use up that energy. But look at Jenn, she’s tipped the dish pan full of bubble solution over by accident or on purpose who can really tell. And lordy did she really just fall into it soaking the sweat pants she had borrowed from us? And as we are walking quickly towards another chld telling her to put the lid back on the container of bubbles which she was trying to do, Jenn grabbed the container from her, just as we got there and dumped half a big container of bubble solution on the ground. At least there was no grass or flowers growing there. Time to put the bubbles away lol. What time is it? How much longer before we can hand them off to their parents lol?
Needless to say Jenn had one more trick in store for us after we came in and are changing her clothes while parents are starting to pick up. We were trying to say goodbye to them and the kids walking out the door, as I come back from putting the soapy clothes in a bag and I spot Jenn holding a shoe over the toilet smiling again. “Noooooo Jenn stop” as I’m running to her “our shoes go on our feet not in the ….. PLOP and yes her mom found me fishing out a shoe as I’m shaking my head and laughing hysterically. “When the mom asked if Jenn was up to her usual tricks today, all I could do was nod and smile.
Oh by the way did I mention, we had assessments this week so we were trying to test the children and write up comments about their progress along with 2 art projects. All the co teacher and I could do was laugh and agree that our April Fools tricks had already been played on us for the day and it felt like next year’s too. “Can I have my nap now?” I asked the other teacher, as we walked out the door together. She had decided she was persuading her hubby to make her a marguerita if he asked to hear about her day at work. Some days are like that as a preschool teacher lol!!!!
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