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and Michelle Johnson are 5th graders, Mia Fairbanks, Brittany Parker and Nate Mills are 6th graders
Narrated by: Elise Davenport
The beginning of a new school year is always exciting for me. I love the smell of fresh crayons and new books. This past summer I spent most of my free time rummaging garage sales and thrift shops looking for items that would fit perfectly into my classroom. This year I will be teaching kindergarten, first and second grade again. Two of my students are moving up to Brandi's class and I have one new student, Claire Krause.
In August I headed up to the school to start setting up my classroom. When Principal Smith asked me to stand in for her as "acting principal" while she took maternity leave, to say I was shocked would be an understatement. I had just figured Brandi would be the one to take over principal duties. I'm really excited about this opportunity.
The first day of school came very quickly. The students arrived to school and walked into the classroom in a perfect line. We must have practiced walking down the hallway in a single file line about a thousand times last yet - I'm so glad they are still able to do it!
As soon as the students came into the room, I allowed them to have some free time before we got started with circle time. A few of the students headed off into the play area while others sat at their desks and talked to friends.
Claire isn't the typical kindergartner. Usually I find that most new students are shy and quiet when they first arrive, especially if they don't have any friends in the class. Claire was totally the opposite. She jumped right in and started chatting away with everyone. Lacey, a shy girl, seemed pretty surprised by Claire's teasing.
Once freetime was over and we had our first offical morning meeting, it was time to practice writing. I asked the students to write about what they did during their summer vacation. Since everyone was so eager to share their stories, we spent a little extra time sharing today.
Before lunch, the class had P.E. The students played basketball. We don't have a full time gym teacher here in the building, so these special area subjects usually get left to the classroom teachers. I really wish we had a gym teacher with more knowledge of health and fitness but I try my best to have the children try out plenty of different exercises.
After lunch, the students have 20 minutes for recess. Since it's still nice outside they can play on the playground equipment. Once the weather gets colder, we move recess inside to the gym or sometimes into a classroom to watch a movie.
Even the older students like playing on the playground! Brandi and I take turns monitoring the students during recess. Today, we both watched the children since the first day of school can be hectic!
Once the day was finally over, I stopped in the main office to check my mailbox. It's only the first day of school and already I have a ton of papers in there! Usually, I like to stay after school a few hours once the kids leave to prepare for the coming days, but after today I am pooped! I headed home once the buses left the parking lot.