Well, its all behind me now. My first week of school, that is.
Okay, here is the truth, we have a tough group. Every day is positively draining. We have lots of behavior problems. We also have lots of kids who speak little to no English. We have kids who came from a German kindergarten, which means that they have had no prior school experience (German kindergarten is most often a daycare stressing learning through unstructured play.) We also have a few serious behavioral problems, requiring a behavioral contract. Oh, that and the kid who doesn't understand English, and hasn't spoken in 3 years anyway.
That being said, I love the vast majority of them. They tire me to my last bit of energy. They are whiny, touchy, crying, snotty, and certainly annoying. But, when I look into their faces, I see the little person in each of them, and hope that I can help them to become the best they can be. I must be insane!!
But overall, I learned a lot over the week. I think it will be a great year, once the kids get used to being in school. I even got flowers today from one of the moms.
I've decided that I will reward myself for a job well done and a week survived by buying a new bag. I desperately need a new black bag, and am bouncing back and forth between Coach and Kate Spade. I also need a colored bag, but am not sure that a purple or pink bag should be a huge splurge, considering that it may not be in style next year. As soon as I make my decision though, and my purchase, I'll be sure to pass on the news!