Today was the first day of school. I’m back in Kindergarten (or KG as they call it here) and I couldn’t be happier. I have a TA named Linh, who has been wonderful! After my fantastic aides in San Diego (shout outs to Lydia and Anette) I was a little nervous when I found out I’d be getting an aide. Nervous and happy. Having an extra person in the room is always a blessing but can be hard some times. I’m pretty lucky Linh has a Kindergarten background and is so willing to work together!
Orientation threw a lot of information at me so I’ve been little nervous about going from the Kindergarten I was used to teaching (very structures) to a play-based approach. I’ve also been in Special Ed the last three years so going back to being a classroom teacher had me worry. But, I had nothing to worry.
Today went so well!
My students were great! I have a small class, 18 kiddos, and three didn’t start today. I’m digging the amount of “Specials” times I have through-out the week. It allows for the Kinder team to plan together and the students really benefit from having so much, Art, PE, Library, Music, and Host Country Studies!
Below are some pictures of the inside of my classroom and our wonderful outdoor space. The outdoor space is not our playground, we also have one of those!
The outside space that kids can use through-out the day. It stretches the length of what would be about four classrooms. There are sand and water tables, big plexiglass easels to paint on, a kitchen, blocks, a full stage with seating, costumes, chalk walls, a huge wall xylophone, plants, and a variety of toys. I feel like these pictures don’t do it justice. It’s awesome!
And this is what will be our library. It’s still under constructions and obviously has no books in it yet, but just imagine what it will look like. It was designed for kids to play in. There is a huge square cubby in the middle that kids can go in to read and lots nooks and crannies that allow for an “adventure playground” type of feel.
I completely forgot to take a picture of the cafeteria. Two words… smoothie bar! my breakfasts are set for the next two years! There is also a sandwhich bar, a variety of hot foods, and a salad bar.
To celebrate a job well done, I finally ordered take-out. Ha ha! I laugh because I feel like I’m the only person who hasn’t. It’s what you do here in Vietnam because it’s so cheap!
So what did this California girl order? Mexican food! Enchiladas with rice and beans. It’s no Roberto’s but it wasn’t too bad. 😉
Side note/ celebration- part of the dirt road between my apartment and school was paved yesterday! This is exciting because when it rains (almost ever day) this road floods and/or has big muddle puddles. Here’s hoping they pave the rest of it!