Monday, October 1, 2007

Pumpkins & Teachers

Today, I went as a chaperone to my son's field trip. There were five kindergarten classes. We went to a pumpkin patch. It was a fun time. The kids painted pumpkins, had a hay ride, listened to pumpkin stories, counted pumpkins and pumpkin seeds, and explored the pumpkins. Although, my five year old refused to stick his hand inside the pumpkin to feel its squishiness. They even brought home a pumpkin seed to plant. It was a fun trip.

My son's teacher had 21 students. I'm continually amazed at the teachers I meet who have to teach, interact, and deal with kids on a daily basis. I substitute teach twice a week, and I'm always exhausted when I come home. And, these teachers do it every day and many of them go home to their own kids. I'm a pretty patient person, but I literally feel my patience diminishing as the day progresses when I substitute teach. And, I have to admit, there isn't much patience left over for my kids when I get home. That is why I only do it twice a week. I deeply admire teachers and the great service they do for our children. My kids love school, and we've been fortunate to have had wonderful teachers throughout the year. I'm blessed to have wonderful teachers for my kids again this year.


Robyn Heirtzler said...

I am also amazed at the amount of patience teachers have. I look forward to a day free of kids so I can regroup while they're away, so I'm very grateful there are those out there who can teach all day and still be good mothers when they return home.

Janette Rallison said...

I think this every time I do a school visit. I wonder how teachers do it every day.