It was nice to see how the kids grew up and playing with them.
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The day would start at seven, so that I could get ready and pack a lunch and get there by 8:00. Officially, my job starts at 8:30, but there is usually always something extra to do before the kids get there. After unlocking the door, I put down all the chairs from the tables, clean the tables, fill up the water table with water, toys and soap. Every other week I would be in charge of taking the toys outside on the playgrounds.
I would make sure there are enough supplies for the day and prepare snack early. Checking email should be something we do constantly. At 9:45 the kids come in. Both the teacher and I greet the students in and I make sure they hang up their coats and wash their hands. When they're all here, we go outside for half an hour.
This was my most favorite part of the day. Sometimes I helped organize small games like duck, duck, goose, or London bridge, sometimes they organize those games themselves.
We come inside and have group time. Then they have choice time. This part may have been the hardest, since the kids are all around the room and I have to keep my eye on all of them as well as hold a small group with a few of them. It became more nerve wrecking when I had to be observed and evaluated during choice time too.
Then we have reading time, snack time, where I clean the tables again and serve snack. Finally they go home.
I get to have lunch for 40-ish minutes. It depends how long it takes the parents to pick up the kids. Then the next class starts at 12:30 and I do the whole thing all over again.
When the day comes to an end and the rest of the kids have left, – more... I stay in the classroom to pick up any toys, clean the tables, pick up the chairs, empty the water table and anything else the teacher might need. Throughout the entire day I was also supposed to have taken notes about what the kids did or something new they could do. I have to put in these notes on Wednesdays to fill up a chart with the teacher.
The teacher I worked with was very honest with me and told me when I was messing up. I appreciated her advice and told her so, as well as acting upon it to the best of my abilities. There was some drama going on with her and the principal, but other then lending an ear, I didn't get involved. Other than that, I was able to get along with almost everyone.
It was a lot of work, and I managed to finish the school year, but since I was accepted to attend CU Denver for 3-D animation classes for the fall, I had to quit. – less