Wednesday, March 17, 2010

25 Degrees of Separation

Monday was quite a day. I woke up and the thermometer showed -30'C. I knew it'd be MUCH warmer during the day when I got back home from work, so I decided to ride my bike to work. It was such a STRUGGLE. My bike and my legs felt so stiff and it was hard to breathe properly. I had to stop A LOT on the way. The trip that usually took around 10-15 minutes stretched to 20-22 minutes. Phew!

When it was time for me to go home, the sun was shining beautifully and the temperature was around -5'C. It's kinda crazy sometimes 'coz I had to dress up really well in the morning, but when I rode my bike home, I felt hot, hot, hot he he...

I've been racking my brain to think of some simple activities for kids to try at the daycare.
I've been racking my brain to think of some simple activities for kids to try at the daycare. I printed out some coloring pages and also some "find the differences" games, though the "find the differences" game is more suitable for the older kids rather than the smaller ones. I tried giving the older ones this type of game and it went pretty well - I only had to help a little bit by giving some clues. :-D

I've also brought some of my origami pieces to class, but I haven't managed to teach the kids how to do it - I've only managed to teach two adults how to do it and I also leave the instructions there. I know some of them are probably too hard for the young kids and even perhaps the older ones, but at least one adult is planning to teach the kids in the other classrooms (6-7 years old) how to make paper cranes. :-D

Working in a daycare makes me realize even more what a HUGE responsibility and honour it is to be near kids - whether you're the parent or teacher or daycare worker. Every day is different 'coz the number of kids each day is different. Every day there are a combination of different moments: sad ones (sometimes it happens when one parent drops a child off and the child wants to cling on him/her), funny ones, enlightening ones, challenging ones, frustrating ones, relaxing ones, chaotic ones.

Anyway, I want to go to the cabin sometime, but not sure when. We'll see. I wrapped up R2's gift a few days ago and showed it off to make him curious (he can only open it on Sat). He said I was cruel HA HA HA HA HA...ahem...on Saturday we'll also buy some flowers for MIL 'coz yesterday was her 66th birthday. :-D

I'll blog-hop later I'm a bit sleepy he he...


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  2. Hi Amel!!!

    I am so happy for you that you like the job you're doing. Do you know in second week of April i am gonna start as a teaching assistant in a primary school here in Northwich, too? I am so excited and i have no idea how i am gonna handle it :) The education system of England is totally different and it will take a bit time to understand everything properly i believe.
    Probably the job i am gonna do is similar with yours eh? Then could you give me some tactics about it :)

    Hugs and kisses


  3. Burcu: Hey, CONGRATS for the job!!! I'm sure you'll do JUST fine. Adjustment process is always necessary even if you're in your home country and you're starting a new kind of job. ENJOY it!!!

    Well, if you're teaching in a regular classroom I think our jobs will be different 'coz at the daycare we don't really have regular lessons's more like lessons by playing games or doing crafts.