My class is already coming together. I cleaned out A LOT of stuff last year, so everything is ready to unpack and put in its spot. I rearranged my room, since we know we will have high numbers and I need more floor and table space. I have a SmartBoard that is so poorly placed, and ill planned for that I have a long set of cords that runs from said SmartBoard to the wall. This hazard has to be taped down then covered with a rug. The rug I used last year, is small and doesn't cover the new layout. So, I am going to actually ask the school or the PTA for one. Since we didn't get a COLA, or a step increase, I really cannot afford to spend the money I normally do. I am limiting my spending to $100.oo for September. I am already halfway there, so a rug won't fit into the plan..
I already have 23 students in my class. This is not good. That means we only need 9 students to register and we would get a new class. It could happen, but the way the neighborhood families come and go, we could lose as many as we gain. I have one hope. Just one. I hope they are all independent in their toileting. I can handle that most of them won't speak any English, I can handle that they will not have any school experience, I can handle that some will run to the door to get out, some will cry and want me to actually pick them up, but I cannot handle when they go to the "potty"and can't do it alone. Last year, one child, well, let's just say he had a horrible time trying to finish up, so he took matters into his own hands, and then those hands made their way to the bathroom wall, then to his pants, then to the sink, ....you get the drift. Last year, 2 came into class in pull ups. And many, many, wet their pants while IN the bathroom. Bless their hearts, please let them be ready in this one way.
I am beyond happy to be starting fresh. I adore my teammates. One is a few years younger than me, she's married with the most precious baby I have seen since my own. The other is in her late 20's and is a true life hippy. The hippy has a heart of gold, and is recently married. We all have full time assistants, but mine is the best! "Mags" and I work so well together. We laugh at the same things, and both of us burst into tears when our poor little children bring us presents from 'their country.' It's good to be happy. Even if I complain next week, I know at the heart of it, I love teaching with the crowd of women on my team.
We close on the house on the 18th, and then I will be a crazy person, living 1/2 way between two places. But I love organized chaos. Hey, I teach kindergarten, I have to!