It is my 3 year anniversary at the childcare center where I work! :) It is amazing how fast time goes by. I was just recently reminiscing with a parent the other day just how big her son had gotten and how I have watched him grow over the years. When I first started, I worked as a float in the infant/toddler unit He was not more than 6 or seven months. Later, I was promoted to co-lead teacher in the young toddler room. I had him in my class for a year. We were very close as he remembered me from the infant room. Then he turned two. I continued to witness his development and growth as he went from the two's classroom to preschool. Now I have his baby sister and his cousin (yes, his auntie made sure her son came to my class when he turned one :D) in my classroom along with three other younger siblings of children who grew up and learned with me in Homebase B.
Another parent happen to see the large yellow congratulation sign posted outside my classroom and commented just how happy he was to have me as his children's teacher and congratulated me on my three years. I have to say, I was very pleased and honored, though honestly, it does not feel like it had been THAT long. Time did not seem to pass so quickly. But leave to Aaron, a funny teacher who likes to keep us all happy and laughing reminding me that I indeed had been there for a loooooong time. He said in a very calm, nonchalant, not trying to be funny way, "How does it feel to be the oldest teacher in the toddler unit?" "You are the senior toddler teacher, the toddler unit matriarch!" Bless his heart, he was trying to congratulate me and put me on a pedestal but all he did was remind me just how long it had been! :) But I would not change a thing and I hope and pray I have many more years to offer my love, care and professional abilities to many more generations of children to come!
So we are learning the colors this week. Each day we focus on a color. Today was dedicated to blue. We had a lot of fun. Most of the parents sent their kids in blue clothing!! :D Even my co-teacher wore a blue shirt in honor of Blue Day. Wouldn't you know it I forgot to do laundry so did not have anything blue to wear :( But we still had lots of fun. We put out all blue toys (well a good number of the toys were blue.) We filled our sensory table with water and slowly dropped in blue water color into the sensory table letting them mix and splash until the water was blue. (We added soap in the water so that hopefully the color washes out easier later on.) We also did art with blue construction paper and blue glitter and foam paint. Half the class can say the color blue now :D We will see tomorrow if they remember it :D