Okay, so I have a whole new respect for kindergarten teachers. Wow, I mean I seriously had NO IDEA how much harder they worked on the first day of school than all the rest of us. See the picture above? That's not me but it is a perfect depiction of how I feel. The day started at 7am for me as I wanted to make sure I was ready before they started filing through the door. Now I know that you can never TRULY be ready for a room full of 19 kinders, of which 6 speak little or no English at all. I did not go to the bathroom until I got to my daughter's preschool at 5:30 this evening. I didn't finish eating my breakfast until 3:30 this afternoon...yes I said breakfast. My head was hurting so bad by the time I got home that I was completely useless to my husband. Bless him. He was so wonderful, he had a pot of coffee waiting on me as soon as I walked through the door, he fed the kids dinner and put both of them to bed so I could just sit on the couch and do NOTHING for an entire hour. Now, it's time to get back to it. Time to plan for tomorrow. LOL!
I have to share one crazy story with you, one that I am sure many of you will be able to appreciate. I had one little girl wander down the hall and into my classroom all by herself this morning. I vaguely recognized her face from open house but certainly couldn't tell you her name. I asked her what her name was and she mumbled something I couldn't understand. So I asked again and I still couldn't make it out. So I looked at the two remaining chairs without students and read the desk plate of the one closest to me. I asked her if her name was "_______" and she looked at me and nodded. We played a name game at some point today and when we got to her she mumbled something again that I couldn't make out and that was AFTER she repeated it three times. No one could understand her. Don't worry teachers...I heard the alarm bells going off in my head...she needs a speech evaluation. Anyway, at the end of the day I put the sweet girl on the bus that she was supposed to go on (according to the school list). I was back in my room doing what the lady in the picture above was doing when I was called to the office. Long story short; the girl did not know her own name so she let me call her by the other girls name all day long. Hence, she was sent home on the wrong bus and the mother was calling the school ready to rumble. Well since we were completely confused over the names the assistant principal told her that her daughter never came to school today. Mother called the cops for a missing person report and the cops escorted mom to the school. Oh boy. The truth was shortly unveiled but wow, I sure did feel like an idiot. Lesson to self; when a new kindergartner comes into your room all by herself and can't seem to pronounce her name, make sure you take the time to VERIFY the child's identity. Lesson to all parents: NEVER EVER EVER send your kid to school all by herself if she doesn't know her own name.
On a FANTASTIC note: I reached 100 followers. YAY!!!! What a great way to end the day! Now I am off to SLEEP and hope for a less dramatic day tomorrow.