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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring Break Reflection

Last week was my official spring vacation. Nine whole wonderful days without 20 first graders, calling me "teacher", tattling on their friends, and asking me questions all at the same time. Bliss! Today, I asked my students to reflect in their journals about their spring vacation. They had to write 5 "good" sentences for me about their time off. Had I written a reflection of my own, it would have gone someting like this:

5 things I learned about Emi (aka Terror) over my spring vacation:


1. Playdates are my friend. This is my new mantra. Emi and I had three fab-u-lous playdates in one week! This, my friends, is going to be a necessity in order to keep my sanity over summer vacation.

2. Emi, much to my dismay, likes to play in the sand. The horror!

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3.The Cherry Blossom Festival used to be one of my favorite activities in San Franciso. However, the Cherry Blossom Festival with Emi in a stroller = no fun for mom, grandma, & auntie.

4. Emi is a strange little girl.

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5. Teaching 20 children is almost easier than spending a day with my daughter.

Hope you enjoyed your spring vacation!

-Kacey
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26 comments:

Lori said...

Oh, Kacey, as a former teacher, I can so relate to your last picture.

I could spend 6 hours trapped in a classroom with 20 screaming fifth graders, and still emerge with my sanity. But just 1 hour with my own children, and I'm halfway to the loony bin.

Amazing, isn't it?

wenbren explains it all said...

oh Emi such a cutie! I'm with you! I always say that work is my break from the kids,ps(I work in a psych unit)!

The Blonde Duck said...

I think the 20 little ones would drive me to the mental hospital. I bow down to you...

peewee said...

HAHAH! I can't get enough of Emi!! Do a chick chat with your kids..pleeeeeeze!? I'll do one of my, um, dogs! Barking or something.

Jane Anne said...

Emi looks sweet in the sand! The last time my 3 year old was in the sand, he laid down and made "Sand Angels"!!! You can imagine- he had sand all over his body.

Nana said...

We are in the middle of our Spring Break, so far not so good.

Courtney and the Boys said...

I so agree with Lori! I'm a former first grader teacher, and I always say that 29 (we had far too many in a class if you ask me) first graders are way easier than my own two little rascals. I'm with you on the sand, too. I rarely let my boys get into the neighbors' sand box...yuck!

Peaches said...

I hear ya! I have a hard time be at home with my three monkeys. Could you make me some lesson plans for the summer?

Lovin the videos!

Tranquility said...

Hahahaha!
A handful, is she?
I loved that video of her making those great faces!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Too funny! I have two young ones and playdates are amazing...if you have a similar parenting style as the other parent. Last summer, playdates were my sanity!

wendy said...

oh those faces are priceless!
tyler is teaching her well.

Heather said...

"Strange" children are the best! They always have something new to entertain you with! Great faces Emi was making!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Emi is so cute! How old is she? She looks about the same age as my Emma--Emma is 18months. She's beginning to get a.mind.of.her.own. Oh, and what's wrong with sand? ;-)

Donnetta said...

Sand - so not my friend. This probably puts me in Bad Mommy book, but we don't have a sandbox because it belongs ON THE BEACH! :)

I taught 7th grade for 9 years. My husband could never understand how I had more patience when I taught than while at home!!!

Helene said...

Awwww, she's so cute...even covered in sand!! I think playdates are gonna be my saving grace during the summer too!

Juls said...

I have worked in the classroom for many years now...first as a pre-k teacher, then kindergarten... now I "just" sub. I'm always ready for a break myself, when one rolls around--but then having to entertain my girls..makes me ready for school again. So I can definitely relate!

Whitney said...

Emi is so adorable. . .even when she's playing with/in sand!

Kristen said...

Your daughter is adorable!! I am in school to be a teacher and want to teach first grade, haha, I can't wait!!

Jo said...

She is adorable! I look forward to the playdate age... I do not look forward to the stroller-horror age.... and yes I understand they are the same age. Siiigh ;)

Connie said...

Emi is a cutie! And yes... sand is a fact of life, my son is 8 and has not stopped with the sand. Keep telling yourself she's building up her immune system!

Is it a girl thing? My daughter tends to need a lot of focus and one-on-one time - or NOT - depending on her whims. I can get 'full' fast, but sometimes, she wants to be alone, NO playdates... it's hard to tell a friend who keeps calling for a playdate, 'sorry, but she really does not want to play right now', even though she likes the little girl, and forcing the issue would make for a miserable time.

lmt1073 said...

She may be strange, but what a cutie!!!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Haha - I used to teach preschool and always thought, hey, after working with 35 3&4 year olds, the parenting thing is gonna be a piece of cake. Hmmm... joke's on me.

I'm so laughing at "Emi is a strange little girl.."

Alison said...

My students seem to have forgotten everything we've learned this year over break...I might trade them for my own play date!

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

sounds like fun~your daughter is adorable!

Amy said...

Nothing like hanging out in the sand.

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

That eating video is hilarious!