Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Fever

"That one was coughing when his parent put him on the bus," informed the bus monitor and extra set of hands for our classroom. Accompanying his cough was a thick green runny nose. I get that some parents are oblivious but his in particular are employees of a school district. They should know better.

We made the call, which came as no surprise to his mom, and he was promptly picked up.

Next in our time of circle was another little boy who was way off kilter, whiney and also sporting a runny nose. Again we made the call and it wasn't long before he too was picked up by his mother.

Our numbers were dwindling in a hurry. The responsible parents kept the majority of our preschoolers at home, and the remaining children were on the verge. We had some coughing and looking worn, one told us she had a headache as we continued to wipe noses.

It wasn't any different in our afternoon class, the kids were dropping like flies.

I'm hoping with our up coming Spring break the kids will regain their health and come back ready to play.

As for me I'm going to continue to take Emergen-C, Zicam and wash my hands so I can enjoy a week off without the coughing, sneezing and runny nose.

Wish me luck!

Here's what I do get to enjoy:

Taking the girls potty:  One little girl, while sitting on the toilet, was listening to the others tinkle. She piped up and said I hear……(saying their name) She repeated it again when she heard another one going. When she finally went she shouted, "I hear ME!!"

As they come out of the restroom the kids wash their hands. We continually remind them to push up their sleeves so they don't get wet.  Wearing a sun dress with straps a smarty looked at me and said, "My sleeves are already rolled up."

Using the number chart we count the number of kids we have attending, this particular day we only had 7.  We counted 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 then again in Spanish, uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete.  Our little blonde, blue eyed girl jumped up as said, "what about Ocho?"

On the flip side while having snack, a little hispanic girl requested some fish crackers:  I want eight.

As we sing our opening song 'Who's come to school today?' we'll pass a mirror around as each person says their name. The kids really take pride in the fact that they know everyones name and makes sure they are the first to shout it out as the mirror changes hands:  We had a person observing so we included her in the song. Once the mirror was in her hands we began to introduce her as a visitor and was about to say her name when a child jumped up, making sure she was the first one, and shouted boldly, VISTOR!!!

One of our songs is called "Mr. Alligator" We have  a hand puppet that 5 little monkey velcro to and a alligator puppet as well. One by one the five naughty monkeys who tease Mr. Alligator are eaten. We'll have the kids use their arms acting as the jaws of the alligator and say 'SNAP'  when the alligator puppet grabs a monkey.  The kids love this song but we have one little boy who feels the need to protect the only little girl in the class. He'll make sure he sits by her as the song is being acted out.
She's not at all frightened  but we won't tell him that.

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