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Saturday, July 26, 2014

school days

September 2014
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Principal: Blair Smith / Teachers: Elise Davenport & Brandi LeTourneau
Students: Claire Krause is a kindergartner, Cody Parker and Chloe Gonzaga are 1st graders,
Grant Calloway and Lacey Fisher are 2nd graders, Ashlee Wade and Porter King are 3rd graders,
Justin Fairbanks, Blake Krause, and Marsha Bruenig are 4th graders, Grace Calloway, Chandler Platz 
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.

10 comments:

  1. This is cute... it looks like the kids have a very full day. So does their poor teacher! :)

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    1. They do! Even though I enjoy playing the school, it is one of my more difficult play sessions. There are so many people to keep track of and the lot is pretty large! For this update I pretty much kept focus on Elise and let everyone else do their own thing, lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. Looks great!! The classroom looks good and the office looks just like a school office!
    So many students, this is a great school.

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    1. Thank you! I'm debating on doing a lot tour of my schools but I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested to see the whole thing.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  3. I would love to see a lot tour. And I thought you did a great job with the "herding cats" that is the Sims playable school day.

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    1. Awesome! Next time I get a chance to play, I'll snap some pictures of the school!

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  4. Aw, this was adorable! Elise sounds like a really dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. You have so many students, which only serves to make me miss my own schools even more. Such a great way to get the kids socialising with each other. :)

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    1. Sorry for making you miss your school Carla! I love opening the school and seeing the students interact with each other. Sometimes weird friendships happen though, like a kindergartner and a 6th grader being BFF. It's not always realistic lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  5. Elise seems like a great teacher, and all the students were so cute, and full of energy, felt like a full school day! And I really like your office, I'd be interested in seeing a tour for sure! Claire looks like a bit of a handful, curious how she'll be as a teen.

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    1. It was surely a full day for everyone! I sent them all home with pretty low energy :x I totally forgot about the time so it was around 5pm when everyone finally went home!

      A lot tour will be coming up soon!

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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