Our class had a field trip last Tuesday. We visited a zoo and a doll museum. Truth be told, I was not really excited about this one because I’d rather stay at home and lie around with my smart phone. I have used up my mobile data units and there was no wifi in the places we’re going to visit.
But there’s something about a trip to the zoo that brings out a child in you. I would not call myself an animal lover, sure I have a pet but I am not really fascinated with reptiles and huge mammals. However, I found myself smiling and being amazed at how huge tigers and lions and giraffes are. They don’t have an elephant and the baby rhino is undergoing a medical check-up. The variety of snakes and tarantulas are both scary and fascinating.
Then there’s the doll museum. It was another sight to behold. I did not own a lot of dolls as a kid because I prefer Legos and cooking sets. I had my first Barbie doll at nine and I cut its hair because I forgot that it wouldn’t grow back. All those dolls silently looking at us were a bit creepy but once arranged in a scenery, they are somehow enchanting and magical.
It was a day long trip and we were all exhausted when we went home. The kids’ laughter and their ooh’s and aah’s and wow’s made all the tiredness go away.
Last October 21, the school held its annual costume party. This year, the kids dressed up as their favorite community helper. My class had three police officers, one doctor, one flight attendant, and one street sweeper. Other classes have farmers, cooks, nurses and vendors.
It was a day of singing and dancing. The kids had fun pretending. Hopefully, they have learned the importance of the neighborhood friends that they copied. 🙂
*With all the events that transpired these past two days, I would like to focus on what is good in this world. I would like to believe that a better world is still possible for these kids. I hope their generation would learn to make better decisions than ours.
School will be opening on Monday and I’m quite ready to meet this year’s batch. This would be my smallest class in my teaching career but I am still hoping for the best.
The past few days I have been doing some origami. I used to make a lot before but I rediscovered it lately and how good it is to relieve stress.
Every school year opening, I tell myself that things will be better than the previous year. I try to hold on to this energy and dedication because I have a very bad trait – ningas kugon (the trait of some Filipinos to be very passionate in the beginning then suddenly lose interest in the middle of some task). I hope this year will really be better.
I try my best not to get attached to my students every year. I hate being all dramatic during graduation. After the ceremony, I take obligatory pictures and hide in the bathroom.
This year had been different.
After the finale number of the kids and I said my final words to everyone, I gathered my stuff from the lecter and looked at the kids. One of them smiled and ran to me and gave me the biggest, sweetest hug. The rest of the class did the same and darn! I had to look away and hide behind the podium to wipe tears.
I hate drama. But Batch 2016 turned my heart into mush in mere seconds. I will miss them. I sincerely wish the best for them.:-)
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Christmas is really for kids. My class is really excited. To hype up their anticipation, we made these crafts and it was very rewarding to see the smiles on their faces when they proudly presented their finished products.
Glittery Christmas balls
Colorful candy canes
Mini Christmas trees
Christmas star puzzles
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My class loooove animals. The past lessons had been really fun as they imitate animal movements and sounds. They also loved making these crafts.:-)
Christmas is coming soon. More arts and crafts projects coming.:-)
I approved a friend request on Facebook about two days ago thinking that it was another high school batch mate wanting to catch up. She left me a private message and to my surprise, it was one of my old students. She’s now in college, taking up Theater Arts. She made me feel old but fulfilled at the same time. It seems she has turned into a nice young lady. Whether I influenced her or not, I couldn’t really care less because I am so glad that she remembered me.
One of the biggest frustrations I have as a preschool teacher is that thing called “childhood amnesia.” It is the inability of humans to remember things before the age of seven. I am teaching 4-6 year olds and it’s sometimes sad to run into some old students and see them have this puzzled look on their faces when I smile at them.
She sent me this picture and I can’t explain how it made me feel.
Looking back, I made a lot of mistakes those years. I have not established my teaching style yet and my patience was much shorter. I have changed a lot since and I am happy.
I just wish I have kept and maintained that figure.