Quick recap of this past week.
I started out with 19 kids on role. 16 showed up. By Thursday it was down to 18 on role. On Thursday the day before the holiday break I had 11 kids. Praise Jesus!
Okay my kids. I love them to death which I always do. I have one that taps Mt nerves which I always do. He doesn’t tap my nerves because he’s bad, he just doesn’t have any boundaries….meaning no one has told his behind no. I have one talker which I think he will be my favorite. I have 7 girls and 11 boys. (I’ll let you know how I feel about this later in the school year.)
About 90% will walk up to me and speak in Arabic. I smile and say English. My TA will tell them I don’t understand but bless their hearts they still come talking to me in Arabic. I love it.
They are 3 and 4 years old. So I have blank slates.
I have more breaks than I know what to do with. Like my American mind is boggled. My work hours are 700am to 300pm. I do not have to be with my kids for specials (30 minutes) Arabic (30 minutes) Islam (30 minutes) Quran (30 minutes once a week) plus I don’t have to with them during recess (30 minutes) but because it’s still new I stay with them. My kids leave at 100pm. So I’m free from about 130pm (once they are all gone) to 300pm (when I pack up and go home). So if we’ve been adding all this up that gives me roughly 4 hours( one day) and 3 and half hours (4 days) to plan, regroup, relax, eat, regroup and plan. The times are spread out throughout the day so my day is not overwhelming. There’s a nanny that clean up after snack and lunch and monitors them in the bathroom.
So when the BS occurs because it does I remind myself..
1. If I wanted to stress I could have stayed in the US
2. I have a TA and a nanny…delegate
3. I only really have to teach about 2 to 3 hours a day
4. I have no expenses outside of groceries
Could I complain….yep because much school is new and highly unorganized but I shut my door and my room will be a well oiled machine. I know what I’m doing. I know where the kids need to be by the end of the year. I take it one day at a time and honestly I take my TE home for show. (Real life)
I get home by 330pm. I have time to cook dinner and wash a load of clothes. I can chill out, watch TV and if the time matches make a few phone calls to the US.
At 300pm today we began our first holiday break for a week. I ain’t mad. I am happy for the break. When the kids come back we gotta start over and tighten up some things.
Elise is still happy and enjoying things.
Tomorrow I will get a mani/pedi.
I was invited to church. Gonna see what it’s all about.
I’ll head to the mall again just to walk around and get out.
I have an entire week off to relax.
Trying to figure out my Christmas plans. I’ve only got a week and don’t really want to go to the states in that small amount of time. I’ll do something quick and close like the UAE. In January we get two weeks off for the mid year we’ll go to Disney Paris.
Life is good.