I took a job as an on-call tutor this fall, but my first position fell into another category.
For three weeks I was assigned in a classroom with 26 adorable little tykes beginning their first year of school.
I had the opportunity to watch an excellent teacher and assistant in concert. Without raising their voices or showing any agitation, they directed those kids through the busy day. They were always on stage and at peak performance. I wondered where they got the energy. They were good.
I had a job to do, too. But at the end of the day I was exhausted. Even my face muscles were sore because my smile was constantly twitching.
So, what are some of things I learned in kindergarten?
* Chika Chika Boom Boom
* I hold my crayon with the three magic fingers
* Don't throw the sawdust
* Sneeze into your elbow
*Don't run in the cafeteria -especially with chocolate milk
*Feet first on the slides
*Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
*Cupcakes on birthdays
*Raise your hand
*The bus kids get to line up first
I also learned that a kindergarten class is a huge cauldron of shared germs and viruses. I have never seen so many boogers... or mucous covered cheeks and fingers.
One day I felt someone tugging on my shirt. It was a little girl wiping her noise. On me.
The past week I have been blowing mine, too. (In tissue.) I've also had a sore throat, cough, and general aches and pains.
Yet... I'd do it all over again.