Today has been wonderful. We started off the morning with having breakfast with everyone and surprising the kids with a field trip. Our kiddos have been sick the past few weeks so we haven’t been able to really go anywhere for them to have fun. Well that changed today because everyone woke up with no fever, no throats hurting and in very good moods.
Our field trip destination.......the library and the park.
The kids were so excited to finally get out of the house. I packed everyone lunch, drinks and snacks for the day and we were ready to head out. We went to a local library where we got our card and the kids played with puzzles, blocks and picked out a lot of books for us to read. My hubby read with our oldest daughter (Khloe), I read along with our 3-year-old (Kinsley) and our son Zechariah was busy eating snacks. We were there for about an hour, which allowed the girls to explore their sections and browse the books. Kinsley loves looking at the pictures in the book and saying her own story, but she also loves when we read to her. Khloe has a love hate relationship with reading, she is good at it but doesn’t prefer it. Khloe ended up checking out 2-chapter books and Kinsley checked out 1 for us to read this evening. They had a great time, I only hope they enjoy reading as much as Steven and I do and I think they will as they get older. We left the library and headed to the park for the kids to play and to have a picnic. The girls met a friend out on the playground and they played for a couple hours. They had a blast until we noticed Khloe feeling warm, so we decided to come home. As soon as we get home, I check her temperature and sure enough she is 101.0, GREAT!! Zechariah started it off with strep, Kinsley the next week got strep and now we must see if Khloe has it. Our field trip was cut short, but we had a good time.
Now we have some reading groups that we can attend, once everyone is feeling better. That’s what is so awesome about homeschool, our classroom is wherever we want it to be so our kids can enjoy learning in different environments.
I got sick Sunday, and had to take my first day off work Monday as I was still not feeling well. I did not think I would have to get a substitute so soon, but life happens. I hate missing work, as I feel it is more work when you come back! Plus, that's a whole day I lose teaching my kids. That might not seem like a big deal to most, but time is the most precious resource in the teaching world. These kids depend on you to teach them prepare them for upcoming assessments. Since this was an unplanned absence it was even worse because I did not have the lesson laid out for the sub to do for me! However, come Tuesday morning when I walked in and read the sub's note about how pleasant my class was to teach, it made me feel so much more relaxed. I did it. I survived missing my first day of work. But more importantly, my kiddos were fine and the substitute did a great job with the resources and instructions I left. Usually Friday is assessment day, and I feel like the kids are still well prepared to take their tests tomorrow. Most importantly, I was so proud of their behavior while I was out <3
This is experience is going to make it easier when I have to take another day and a half off this month. The full day is for professional development, and the half day for Gabriella's 1 year doctors appointment!
Patience. Man, as a teacher, you really have to have patience. I am (or at least I feel like I am) a patient person. As I am completing my fifth week at school with my class, I am finding out just how patient I really am. I teach second grade, and at times I have to remind myself they are only 7 years old, but when you have 22 of them, sometimes it is hard. I have very high expectations in my classroom, and about 85% of the time my class meets those expectations. It's that other 15% where I have to dig deep and take deep breaths as I get the class back under control so I can continue on with my lesson. At first it was hard for me to find a balance, because I wanted to treat them like my own kids, but the reality is they are not my kids. I cannot approach my classroom management the same way I would talk to my own child. As I have come to that understanding with myself, I have been able to think of different ways to address my class when they start to get a little rowdy. I think I have done a pretty good job as this is my first year and only 5 weeks in.
We are growing and learning together, and I could not have asked for a better class. I really love these babies.
Oh where to begin.. this has been a very exhausting and exciting three weeks! After being a stay at home mom the last 10 months, it has definitely been an adjustment getting back in the groove of things. Balancing the home life with a baby and a first year teacher is not an easy task, but I do love my job so far! The only negative is not being with my baby all day. The unfiltered truth is that I was about 7 loads of laundry behind last week, and some days me and Gabriella would come home, eat dinner, and both be asleep by 7pm for the night 😮 Fortunately we just came off of a 3 day weekend and I got caught up on some things. I have also been staying up til at least 10pm now, I think I'm getting adjusted 😂 Life is more tiring some days than others, and it is okay to listen to your body and get extra rest when needed!
I have definitely found my lifelong career. As tired as I am at the end of the day, i feel like I'm doing what I was meant to do. I got a great group of kids (chatty, but awesome), and I look forward to helping them grow as people and students. I was also blessed with the best coworkers. They are all down to earth, real women. Sometimes you might find 1 or 2 you get along with, but all 9 ladies I work with are awesome and ready to help and answer questions about anything. Our campus has had many challenges so far, as it was flooded during Harvey and we are currently in a transitional, portable campus while our new one is being built. We are also implementing new curriculum, so that has been fun as well! I think the phonics, writing, and the social studies programs are my favorite and look forward to teaching those. Time is flying by. I feel like we just started school last week and grades are already due for progress reports tomorrow! With that being said, I'm going to go finish grading these papers now!
This past year of Homeschool has been so enjoyable. There have been times where I had my doubts on whether we made the right decision to educate our children this way, but honestly it has benefited our kids in so many ways. However, being new to this whole thing we chose to go with a curriculum off of what other parents had used. Not saying it is a bad curriculum because its not, it just didn't fit right for our family. Throughout the year we had learned that it is more busy work then enjoying learning. Yes, I know children have to do worksheets to help them learn how to follow directions and do things on their own, but I want my kids to have fun while learning. After a lot of research, we decided to change curriculums, mainly because what the school offers. There are so many benefits to our new curriculum and I can’t wait for us to get everything in the mail. My daughter just finished school for the year because we do go year-round but we will be starting back up in a few weeks. We have all 3 of our kids enrolled in so many extra activities this year I can’t wait to see how they flourish this year.
The week I have been dreading. The last week of summer. The last week of staying home with my baby (for now). I definitely enjoyed every minute with her, and even held her while she napped. We had such a busy week that flew by too fast! I think Monday was the only day we stayed home. Tuesday we started the morning with Gabriella’s nine month check-up, took the remaining paper work to the daycare, and then went to sign my contract and get my badge!! Wednesday we had a fun pool day with our friends Kimberly and RJ, then had our final meeting with our wedding coordinator that evening (only 7 days left!). Thursday Gabriella spent her first morning at daycare, and she did great! Neither one of us cried 😊 We met up with Christina and the kids that afternoon to run some errands. I had to get some new school clothes and makeup (finally, it had been too long!). I also found a few items for my classroom! Friday Gabriella spent a few more hours at daycare getting acquainted with her new surroundings before starting full time on Monday. While she was there, I ran to Walmart and Baybrook mall to get a few things. I’m going to miss being able to run errands during the week! I hate battling weekend crowds.
I am so grateful for the time I was able to stay home with Gabriella, and I do not take it for granted one bit. I know I am more fortunate than some who have to return to work a lot sooner. On the other hand, I am so excited for my first day of work Monday! I feel like I’m back in high school; got my new clothes and fresh makeup 😊 However, neither me nor Gabriella is looking forward to getting up at 6:15am every morning LOL We are NOT morning people.
As summer is coming to end, I am having mixed emotions. While I am SO excited to start my new career, I am also very sad, and heartbroken to be leaving Gabriella. I really enjoy waking up on our own time in the morning, snuggling, eating breakfast together, and getting our day started. However, like Christina wrote about in this mornings Daily Devotional, I am “More than a Mom”. For the last 9 months, that is how I defined myself, as a mom. It is the greatest title I have been given in life. I enjoy every minute of it, yes, even the challenging days. To know that someone else is going to be enjoying her joyful personality 45 hours a week makes me jealous, but it will make what time we do spend together that much more valuable. I am very excited to start a new identity as a teacher and share my love with my new “kids”. I know this may not seem like a big deal, and lots of parents do it, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I know Gabriella will have a blast interacting with kids all day, as one of her favorite things to do is hang out with her cousins, so I know she will have a blast.
As a new teacher, I report for my first day August 6, that is in 11 days! I will have 2 weeks to train and prepare for my students for when they join me on the 20th. I am so excited to get in my room and make it a great learning environment for my students. I will post pictures as soon as I get that done!
Join me back next time as I look forward to sharing how my first week went!
When it was time for our daughter to begin Kindergarten we wanted her to be in a small class size so we decided to enroll her in a private school. She enjoyed it but it just didn't work for our family. We enrolled her in public school for her first grade year and she did well until she got sick in the spring. She had the flu which progressed into Pneumonia and she was hospitalized. Following up with her Pediatrician she was unable to attend school for awhile because her immune system was very weak. We would pick up her school work and bring it home to complete when she felt up for the task. At the end of the school year my husband and I went back and forth on the best decision for her and homeschool was at the top of the list. We enjoyed helping her with all of her school work while she was sick. After a lot of research and conversations with other homeschool families we chose a curriculum and went for it. We have homeschooled for one full year and I love it. My daughter enjoys it and this year we are adding in our 3 year old. She looks up to her older sister so she wants to do whatever her sister is doing. Not everyone agrees with homeschooling which is fine. We were told by many non-believers about all the social skills my daughter would lack but truth be told she is more sociable than kids that attend public school and is also a lot nicer, but that is for a later post. We love our decision to homeschool and going back to public or private school has yet to cross our minds. As a disclaimer, I am not saying there is one better than the other, it is all about what is best for your child and family.
Teaching and learning have always been a passion of mine. It was instilled in me as a child as my mom was also a teacher and daycare owner, and my dad could talk for days about anything; he loves sharing his wisdom. I could not have been blessed with better parents, as they set me up for success and are my biggest role models, teachers, and influences in life.
I decided to make a career change in October of 2016. I was a retail training manager commuting into Houston at least 5 days a week. I was working 10-hour days, and on the road for 2.5 hours, which made for a long day altogether. I also worked just about every Sunday for a year. Retail jobs are not your typical M-F 8-5 job. I was perfectly happy with my career at first, as I had not settled down into my own family, nor did I have children. Daniel and I had been together for 5 years at that time, and I felt that becoming our own family was soon. I have always wanted to be a mom and staying home with them would be a bonus. However, I am a “back up plan” kind of person and wanted to have a career set up that would work with my family should I need to work. Becoming a teacher was the most logical choice for me as it is something I already love to do, and it has the “family type” schedule change I am looking for. It’s a good thing I had already started pursuing my new career, as I was laid off from my job February 10th, 2017. On top of that, we found out we were expecting our precious girl 2 weeks later. Instead of starting my new career in teaching the 2017 school year, I decided to push it back for a couple of reasons: I didn’t want to go on maternity leave in the beginning of my first year as a teacher, and I wanted to stay home with my baby without the pressure of returning to work quickly. I worked part time at a chiropractic clinic until I gave birth in October, then I started substitute teaching the following spring to figure out which grade levels I really enjoyed working with to prepare myself when it was time to start applying for the new school year.
I am happy to say that I was offered a position in second grade, and I am so excited to begin my first year! I hope you follow along with me as I share with you my first year being a teacher.