Saturday, May 12, 2012

A child's perspective

I love the conversations that occur in my classroom. Earlier this week we were talking about tigers and why we only have 1 tiger for every 25 that there were 150 years ago. One of the many reasons people kill them is for food. As we were having this conversation, most of my kids squealed and said, "ewwwww." While the majority of the students found the idea of eating a tiger disgusting, one of my sweet kiddos responded with, " yum, that sounds good, I love meat!" You just have to love their little minds, I couldn't help but to burst out laughing!

This week I had the kids make a book for their mom. Here are a few pages, from different kids, that I was able to get a snapshot of before they were wrapped up!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where, oh where...

Hmm... I don't even know where to begin.

Why am I doing this?  
It was suggested by one of my wonderful coworkers that I blog this journey that I have embarked upon.  I have debated about it for a while and here I am.  I'm not beginning this to gain a sympathy vote or to have a place to do my whining, rather I am going to use this as a place to document what goes on in the life of a teacher, who happens to be a single mom, too.  Some days it may be a rant, others it will be gloating about my baby, my family, my kiddos in the classroom, my coworkers, the yummy dinner that I made off of pinterest, or my latest tech savvy moment.  Heck, some days it might be a combination of all of the above.

 I guess I should introduce myself for those who don't know me or don't know much about me...

First and foremost, I am a mother to a stunningly beautiful little girl.  A little girl that is into everything as she is currently learning to walk.  She most definitely has a voice of her own and quite the personality.  It is funny how much of myself that I see in her already at only 10 months old.

I am also a second grade teacher.  I work with the most amazing team, I think I would have been completely lost without them as I ventured into my first few years of teaching.  Lucky me, I have a great set of students, too... well most days they are great.

My parents divorced when I myself was in second grade, I remember being horrified that my worst nightmare had come true.  I had a very hard time coping with it, at times I think I still struggle with it.  Lucky for me though, my parents divorce resulted in the gain of a wonderful stepfather, a stepfather that has been more of a dad than I could have ever imagined.  With the divorce came an additional 6 siblings, making me the oldest of 8 kids total!  Whew!  I wouldn't trade it for the world and can't imagine having a small family myself.

I have some of the most wonderful and understanding friends in the world.  While I haven't made enough time, especially here lately, to keep in good contact with them, the majority of them of very understanding.

The life of a single working mom, it isn't the easiest job in the world, but I wouldn't change a second of it.

Kelli Ann