May 23rd, 2015
I work at a school where I teach different aged students all day. Usually as the day goes on the age of my students increase. Right away in the morning I teach a class of yo-yo students (2 and 3 year olds). Part of the curriculum requires me to create a performance that the kids must learn and perform for their family on Performance Day. The whole kindergarten has to partake in this. We start months in advance; February to be exact. Since my students are the youngest we only had to learn two songs. Sounds simple, but 2 and 3 year olds who can barely speak English don’t listen that well. I also had two vacations in between February and Performance Day. The littlest things can change the dynamic of the class, so me leaving and then leaving again did not help our regular routine. For Performance Day the kids must also be dressed in costume with make-up and hair done. I have to saunter the 16 kids onto the stage and they have to perform for 200+ people. Stressful! We practiced and practiced. I made props for the stage despite my thumb injury (with the help of my co-workers). I was so burnt out from pulling teeth with them to sing and dance and then personal issues and my thumb injury. I couldn’t wait for Performance Day to get here and get it over with.
Performance Day finally came and it was a long one. The whole school was there from 9:00am-5:30pm. Between that time we did a dress rehearsal, lunch, an attempted nap time, and the performance. I hadn’t changed that many diapers since I was 14-years-old and babysitting! We got through the performance as well as you can with 2 and 3 year olds. Once it was over I was so relieved. At the end of the day I was exhausted! I only spend the morning with the yo-yos, but the Home Room Teacher (HRT) spends the whole day with them. I don’t know how she does it, but she is amazing for it! It was a very long day, but the parents liked the performance and the kids looked super cute.