A grade change in my future?!

Beware: This is a total rant. I meant to add some freebie things earlier in the week, but I have been soooo busy. And to add on to being busy on Friday while I was at school helping a co-worker - I found out that I may be in THIRD GRADE. Clearly I'm going bananas in my head. Woo-sa. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since. My principal told me that she isn't sure it will be third, but it probably will be. I'm so happy to have a job, but third SCARES ME.

I did my student teaching in third, but that is not like the real thing. School starts in TWO weeks and I do not have the first thing ready. I love cutesy and centers and crafts and the ABC song and opening ketchup packets and unbuttoning pants and hugging little bodies and all of the things that a third grader would laugh at me for doing... I'm not so scared of leaving kinder because I know I would love first grade, but I don't know the first thing about big kids. Do they still do centers? Math centers? Read alouds on the carpet? Lol...I love my carpet time. I am stressing out probably over nothing...ugh. I started looking at some 3rd grade blogs, but I don't think I have enough time to comprehend what I need to make, do, or plan for...

I'm going to go be crafty to relieve my stress. I've prayed about it so I'm sure this year will be just as great as my last four...

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  1. Keri,
    I hate when that happens. Are you the last Kinder teacher hired at your school?
    I taught third grade the very first year I taught (just from Dec-end of year).
    No ABC song (but other songs are very welcome), no opening kitchen packets and definitely no unbuttoning pants. BUT Yes, you can still do learning centers. Its a perfect way for students to work independently at their own levels while you teach reading groups (whether guided or literature circle). Yes, they still loved to hear stories read aloud, a great way to get some of those reluctant readers interested in reading. Yes to math centers. Maybe to hugs, depending on the students.
    I am sure you will do a great job,
    BUT I really hate when they do that!

    1. Aww thanks. That made me feel a bit better. I was the last hired in kindergarten and we lost units for the next school year. Everyone tells me I will be fine because I can probably teach anything, but it still scares me tons.


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