18 June 2007

Day 6

We were playing with these connector blocks. Slats of plastic that sort of fit together like a puzzle. The kids were trying to fit them together in any way possible. Some seemed to be making cubes or boxes, while others got extremely creative! One student informed me that he was making an Amazon River Dolphin! I did a double take, then sat next to him to watch how this new animal was going to turn out. Basically it looked like a long string of pieces with a curled tail at the end. Suddenly another student began making the same sort of animal, except theirs had the ability to jump!

I made some CD's this weekend for my class during nap/rest time. At this point I've contributed 2 Jack Johnson CD's. We put one in today and I swear the kids fell asleep faster than ever! And I didn't mind listening to the music one bit. Literally I was singing along the entire time!!

Bad news... :( I was already told I would lose my group of kids in September (the beginning of the school year), but today I found out our class is being replaced by 1 1/2 year olds! I'm a little nervous about this... I was weary about 3 year olds... and now they're sending me younger ones! I just don't know how I feel about this. I sort of wish I could stay with the kids I have right now, even though they can be a handful from time to time. Maybe if I get a chance I'll run down to the room of kids we'll be getting and meet some of these kids during my free hour. Anything to quiet my nerves...

I've been here for a little over a week now, and it's amazing how "at home" I feel! There is this comfortable feeling I have in this city. I'm not sure if it's because I've visited the city quite alot over the last 4 years or if my 5 years in Winona have prepared me for being more flexible in living in different locations... Either way, I am enjoying living in this city!

I need to purchase a new watch! I normally don't wear watches, but I sort of need to pay attention to the time for scheduling purposes and not every place I'm at has a readily available clock. I was hoping to stop at a place and look around this weekend... that really didn't happen because I forgot to look. Luckily we need to make a run to Target tomorrow, so I'll have to take a peek at what they have to offer!

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