Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Why I Love Being A Preschool Teacher
I start my day with 10 amazing little hugs. They aren't one handed half hugs. They are tight embraces that say, "I love you". The amazing thing about kids is that they love unconditionally. Most adults have conditions. I love you if... But not kids. They love with their whole hearts and they don't hold back
With kids I can be me without worrying about what they think. I can be silly and I can have fun. Some days we build towers taller than the kids, others we turn into an animals or princesses, and sometimes we can even fly. When we are feeling really adventurous we do all of those things at once. We sing a lot, and sometimes I even break into random song and dance, and do you know what the kids do? They join me of course...
One of my favorite parts of the day is art. It's so fun to watch children paint because they are all artists. As we grow up, sadly we are molded into what society believes we should be and many lose the ability to create art. We don't believe in magic, we don't believe in miracles, and we over think everything. Children are wild and carefree. They have open minds and open hearts and because of that the art flows from them and they are able to create the most amazing masterpieces because they don't over think it. It's beautiful, and I am lucky enough to witness it on a regular basis.
There are so many wonderful parts of my job that I could go on and on. I would have to say that the most amazing part is getting to be part of such a wonderful stage of development. I know that whether or not they remember me, I am a part of who they will become. I get to help build a strong foundation that not only prepares them for school, but it also prepares them for life. I try to teach the important things. To be kind to their friends, to be aware and observe the miracles all around them, to use their words to express their feelings, to paint without thinking about it, to dance without a care, to always use their manors, and many other things, but most of all to love life and to love learning. My only hope is that they can hold on to these lessons as they grow older.
Which brings me to the downside of my job. They all have to move on to kindergarten. I love them all so much and always miss them, but I know that it's just a part of what I do.
I constantly am asked about my job... "Do the kids drive you crazy?" "How could you work with kids?" I'm not going to lie, there are occasionally challenging moments, but even with those, as far as I'm concerned I have the best job in existence. I would rather work with kids over adults any day. And seriously, how many of you get to turn into flying animal princesses at work?