Calm After the Storm..And Before the Next

Anyone who teaches knows the difficulties of the first day.  Establishing new routines, boundaries and classroom management can be enough to send some teachers running the other way!

Yesterday in the midst of the storm I was caught up in the EIGHTEEN four and five year old children scattered about–the shredded paper so neatly placed in the sensory table thrown up in the air as confetti, tutus, scarves and hats in various areas of the classroom.  My assistant teacher and I staring at each other with wide eyes.  To put it lightly, we weren’t quite as prepared as we thought.  Even the prettiest, well planned out lessons can go awry at the first site of sensory materials flying through the air.

AND HOLY CRAP was it a scene to be had yesterday morning.  Those kiddos were having the time of their lives!  Some grabbed play brooms from dramatic play and jumped in to “sweep the mess for you Miss Marti” while others giggled about the shredded paper in their hair.

This morning, I am regrouping, re-planning and thanking God that he is all knowing.  It is comforting to me that God is ALWAYS prepared.  He has the ultimate lesson plans and his never need revision.  God is never unprepared.  So this morning, I am going right to the source.  I am asking Jesus for mercy, strength, and intelligence.

I am also leaving my house this morning with this reminder

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Everything I do today is for the Lord.

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