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First Week Back..... Exhaustion!

Let me just say.... Happy FriYAY!!!!

Here in Texas we have been back in full swing with school this week!  Our kiddos came back this past Monday and we've been going strong ever since.

As you know, this was my first year in Kindergarten, after spending my entire career up to this point in first grade.  I was a little nervous, excited, anxious, and quite honestly, a little overwhelmed!  Y'all.... kindergarten is tough! {As you all know!}

With the first week one of the busiest and most important weeks of the school year.... I was limited on pictures this week! I will say that I didn't lose any children this week.... everyone got fed.... so I would say the week was a success!

Here is what DID happen this crazy week!

Day 3 - Fire Drill (although... not a drill} DURING KINDERGARTEN LUNCH!  Yes.... I couldn't believe it either!  Imagine grabbing 80 kindergartners away from their lunch that they have been asking for since they arrived at school {y'all know... "When's Lunch?" and it's only 8:15....}  I must say... it went pretty smoothly considering....

Day 4 - Fire Drill {NOT A DRILL - this time... smoke was involved!} DURING DISMISSAL!!  Yes... it happened again.  You can imagine all of the parents in the pick-up lanes having to watch all of their children being escorted to the fields and the fire trucks and their blazing sirens coming through the parking lot.....  

Day 5 - Two sweet little kindergartners just bringin' their little ole' country self out to the playground and peeing on the side of the school.... I mean... when you live out in the country that's what you do...right?!  {My own boys are guilty of this.... although not at school!}  I definitely had to laugh at this!

Well.... week one down..... and ........ a lot more to go!

I spent last Saturday up at school finalizing everything and making sure my room, materials, lessons, activities, etc... were all ready to go for Monday morning....

Here are few pre-first day pictures!

Table baskets do NOT go on the tables first thing.....  I would be scared to see what would happen if these were just there on the first morning.... scary!  
After learning about our supplies and how to use them.... THEN they may get their table buckets!

Their daily folders were ready to go as well in this super cute {and cheap!} basket from Michaels!  {It was only $3.00 with their summer clearance!}

We also wanted to show Jaxon's FIRST GRADE{what?!} teacher how much she is appreciated and how thankful we are for her!  We put together a little basket of goodies {chocolate included!} to hopefully ease the stress of the first week!

Welcome to the first day!  

I of course had crazy dreams, interrupted sleep, and finally crawled out of bed at 4:30 to get ready!  No sleep for this girl on the night before school!  Even after teaching for nearly a decade.... butterflies come every.single.year!

The husband was too sweet and took off that morning to take the boys to school  for me and bring Jaxon up to school!  

I must say.... that is one hard thing about being a teacher and having your kids in the school.  I miss out on their "Meet the Teacher", first day, class parties, and other school day events!  Luckily.... sweet husband is there and grabs some pictures for me!

He snapped his annual first day pic at the house....

First Day of First Grade:

Of course.... little M felt left out and had to have his first day picture as well.... for his new 3-year old class!

He even stopped by my classroom to snap a pic with mama!!

{Not sure what's up with my face.... I think I was in the middle of talking?!} 

Now as far as snapping pictures during the week.... well that didn't happen too much!  

I did manage to grab a few of us working with our new sight word for the week {I} and creating our predictable chart!

and..... working with our nursery rhyme this week....

Seriously.... that's about all of the pictures I took. 

While I enjoyed every single minute of the week {ok... most of the minutes}, I must say that I am one.exhausted teacher/mama/human being! 

You truly forget how young these sweet babies are at the beginning of the year and how they come from so many different backgrounds and life experiences.....  My repeat button was on all week long.... rules and procedures are permanently etched in my vocabulary {and hopefully their's too!} and I am absolutely EXHAUSTED!

So tired... I couldn't even bring myself to blow dry my hair the rest of the week...  {luckily it's naturally curly and I can just go!} 

Whew... there truly is no tired like teacher tired!  

I am super excited for this school year and getting all of my kinder kiddos where they need to be and seeing how they grow!  They have come in at all different levels of experience {both socially and academically!} so we definitely have lots of work to do!  

I will be trying to soak up all of the rest I can this weekend before I'm back at it on Monday!  My LAST SEMESTER of grad school starts Monday as well {Praise the Lord!} and I have SDE deadlines coming up.... so my stress level probably won't be going down anytime soon!  

So.... I apologize for the randomness of this post.... I'm so tired I've already forgot what I typed in the beginning!  HA!

So.... have a great weekend and *hopefully* I'll have some more pictures and things to share next week from the wonderful world of Kindergarten....

Jessica Travis
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  1. Your classroom looks awesome...I especially love your focus board and beautiful rug!! Have a great year in Kindergarten!

  2. I LOVE your classroom!!! Can you tell me where I can find those praise point pages, focus board subjects and rule posters? I love it all!


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