One: It doesn't matter how prepared I think I am, I never fully prepared for the crazy madness & exhaustion of the first week of school. Maybe it will change this year.... or maybe not!
Two: Once you become a mother, the way view your kids & how you treat them will forever change. At least it has for me! I have always loved my kiddos, but they are even more special once you have your own!
Three: That moment when you look at the floor of your classroom and it is like you're in a nightmare because it looks as though the rainbow has thrown up on your floor.... Well that is when Treasure Trash becomes my best friend! Treasure trash is where I pick one piece of secret trash, lay down the laws of not pushing, shoving, running, or fighting over trash & release the kids to pick up all the little teensy weensy pieces of trash on the floor..... Let me just say that floor gets clean FAST! Plus, I always wait until I'm happy with the way the floor looks to tell them to stop and reveal the piece that I've deemed as treasure! The winner always gets a little something special! :)
Four: Some of my best lessons come from when I'm
Five: There will be some days that the only thing that gets me through is a sweet hug from one of my kids or a LONG talk after school with some of my teaching besties! :) I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful team!!
Six: My schedule at the beginning of the year will change at least 3 times before the end of the year. Our specials & lunch time change every year, so it's always hit and miss till I make it work with our schedule!
Seven: My kids eat erasers. I'm serious. That or the eraser fairy raids my room EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I put out new pencils! Finding a pencil with an eraser in my class is like finding that piece of treasure trash! Thank goodness for those large pink erasers!!!
Eight: Even though I may only have one biological child, I really have 20-something kids that become mine each year!! .... and if I'm being really honest, a handful or two a year stay mine!! ;) It is amazing the imprints these kids leave on my heart!
Nine: I will be called mom at least once a day. Usually by different kids each time. Some may not take that as a compliment, but I do! I spent more time during the day with them than their own mother, so to be someone they mistake for their mother, is a compliment in my book! :)
Ten: On days that I feel like I'm going to go insane, I turn on my instrumental christian praise & worship songs & sing my heart away....in my head! It soothes & relaxes both the kids & I... plus I have yet to have a group that doesn't like it! :)
&& I have to share one more, because seriously, what Friday does not feel like this?!?