As an educator when fall and summer roll around I often think about what a strange profession I am in. Who works nine months and has to pack up like they are moving every year?!?! Just to unpack again after a month and a half. What other profession has to break up with 25 sets of parents and kids every year?!?! To then turn around and meet 25 new kids and families.
These 25 kids that get thrown in my tiny room with a variety of backgrounds and experiences or lack of experiences and just plain quirks. I need the help of these parents that are so desperately wondering who I am and am
I going to care for their child like they do. But with such strong emotional strings it is easier for the parents to leave. I have always said as an early childhood educator I don’t like teaching kindergarten until october( when they are trained to do school). The first month or so of school I am so incredibly exhausted. Just when we get it right and are smooth sailing it’s time to say goodbye and do it all over again. Say goodbye, pack, rest, unpack meet new families. It is a strange life cycle.
I have developed such strong relationships with past families and am busy trying to build new ones with my new relationships. I get my kinders who so want to go back to the glorious developmental place that TK is.
I gotta apologize in advance for what may sound like I am complaining. It is so nice to have half the summer off with my boys. We literally pack in 9 months of summer fun since I am so stretched during the school year which takes time away from them. But……it is such a hard transition to go from 0 to 100.
As a parent I am finding myself do the very things that have annoyed me for years as an educator. I requested the most popular teacher, I may or may not over e-mail the teacher. I am learning I have the same tendencies as my parents again it is so universal….. Parenting that is.