This week and the last have both been absolutely crazy! I have been putting in 12+ hour days at school getting the classroom ready, going to orientation meetings, sorting through the resources in the classroom, learning the curriculum, and preparing lesson plans. On top of that, both my housemate and I got sick at the beginning of the week, and have been struggling to get healthy again while having very full schedules. To give you a picture of how boring yet busy our life has been, tonight I got home from school at 4:45, which was about an hour and a half earlier than most nights. My housemate, Barb, was feeling well enough to be able to speak again, and with those two things, we decided we must have a celebratory evening! So for dinner we ate instant soup... because it doesn't hurt her throat, and it doesn't hurt my stomach. Oh well! The adventure will continue, and it is going to be amazing!
The first week of school has been a lot of fun for me! Our mornings start at 6:45 with staff devotions, then from 7:00-7:15 the children begin to arrive and play on the playground. We make our way inside and do a welcome routine, and then settle in for the meat of the day: phonics, maths, reading, writing, Bible, science, and social studies. We have taken, on average, 4 bathroom breaks a day... I keep trying to reduce the amount of disruptions these have on our routine, but these little bladders seem to need more time to reacquaint themselves with a school routine. The children also get a snack break and recess in the middle of the day, and head home just after 12:00. My teaching assistant, Miss Moyo, has been a huge help to me - she is already familiar with a lot of the procedures that are in place at ABCCA that I just haven't had the chance to learn - i.e, the ABCCA walk: children stand single file with their hands clasped behind their back, and walk silently from classroom to classroom. I officially have a class of 19 five year olds, and they are full of energy and raring to go! I keep ending the day needing a nap and throat lozenge, but I have been told that after a few months, you get used to this and are able to manage better! I am still working on putting the bulletin boards together in my classroom, and definitely have some more supplies to add to the shelves, but it is almost there!
Welcome! My name is Katiana and I am a development professional pursuing my dream to live out Isaiah 1:17 to the best of my abilities. I am passionate about teaching and working with vulnerable families and children to improve their lives sustainably.
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