I overcame my first hurdle with flying colors: Molly didn't even protest me going in with her! She didn't excitedly drag me in by the hand and begin showing me her cubby, art area, and new friends of course, but I would never have expected that. It was more like, "You're coming in? Ok, I'll probably run into you at some point then." Which was fine with me as I was expecting a full-fledged, "Preschool is just for children!" tantrum.
My first job was to help the kids locate their name tags and pin them on their shirts. I did it! Piece of cake! I'd be a great teacher!
The kids have ten minutes of free time before they congregate on the big circle. I was a huge hit! "Teacher! Teacher! [who me?! yes! me!] will you do this puzzle with me? Will you play cheetahs with me? [??] I made you a pizza, I made you a cake!" They vied for my attention and I began a speech to Jim in my head, "I think I want to get a degree in education. I've missed my calling and it's a 3 year old voice saying, 'you shoulda been a preschool teacher!'"
Next is circle time, where M introduced me (unnecessary since I was already BFFs with these kiddos!); we sang songs, read a book, etc. Kids wanted to sit on my lap and I felt like the Homecoming Queen of the Tuesday/Thursday morning preschool class.
I assisted my mini buddies with animal bingo (everyone wins!) and then it was time for snack (apparently parent volunteers just help serve- we don't actually partake in snack) and more free time. My eye caught the clock. Hm. Earlier than I would have guessed.
The rest of the day is an exhausted blur. I was starving. I had the kind of headache that slams your brain against your skull every time you take a step. The kids were
Finally, mercifully, it was recess and then! "Thank you Molly's mommy!" We were outta there. Molly has asphalt burn down the side of her face from me dragging her, manically racing to my car. When we got home I noticed another mom had snuck a note in her backpack about chipping in for the teachers' Christmas gifts. Timely. They will be getting a hefty gift from this non-teacher!
Chuck Norris. Hah! He's got NOTHING on the preschool teachers of the world.