What a week. Since I started going back to work, as a substitute teacher at my daughter’s school, my house has become unorganized. I had two pending Balikbayan boxes which I just shipped out this Saturday. Then I have more stuff left for another box to be shipped out to my family in the Philippines before my nieces and nephews go back to school in June. School is out end of this month so they will be in summer vacation starting April 1st.
I started as a substitute teacher at K’s school February this year. I subbed in a few classes in Kindergarten, in First Grade, and in Fourth Grade. The recent sub position I took was for the Librarian Aide. So I worked at the library for three days. It was fun and a little busy because it was testing week at the school. The testing was conducted in the computer laboratory so the computer classes were joined other classes at library times.
Next week is Spring Break and I can’t wait for our trip to Beaver’s Bend State Park in Oklahoma. My darling daughter is excited as well. We’re going to explore the park again. Right now, I am finishing a few house chores and will go to the playground later.
I was a guest reader in K’s class yesterday.
In participation with the Read Across America Campaign week, K’s school PTO asked parents if we’re able to come to the school and read to the students or listen to them read. I came to her school yesterday and read a book to two First Grader students and to K’s class.
It was a great feeling to be able to share a little time reading to the children and see them interact and share their reactions about the story I read to them.
You know, I have been a stay-at-home mom for six years now. I talked to my dear husband about working again. I was a customer service associate at a Dillards department store in Fort Worth. But because my pregnancy was a high risk case, I had to quit work. I was under treatment from the first trimester up to the second trimester of my pregnancy due to a respiratory infection. Then I had gestational diabetes so I was on a strict diet. Although my pregnancy was a challenge, I enjoyed it. The sacrifice was worth it.
Back to the idea of going back to work, my husband said it has to be a non-retail job. You see in retail, you have to work on weekends and night shifts. Also, you have to work on holidays as well.
Now that my darling daughter is in Kindergarten, I had the chance to hunt for a job nearby. My husband suggested to apply for a teaching or a non-teaching position at K’s school. I checked online if there were job openings and I gladly saw one that I was interested in. November of last year I applied for a substitute teacher position. As you know, I taught Computer Fundamentals and Typing at a college in the Philippines. So I had a bit of a teaching background. 🙂 So I was called to attend the Substitute Teacher Professional Development Training/Seminar. Part of the on-boarding, I went to IndetoGo in Allen to have my fingerprints taken (required background check for education purposes). As soon as I submitted all the documents required, I got hired and my sub-teaching assignments will start next week. It’s going to be challenging but it will be fun. Besides, I will be working at K’s school so she will be happy for sure.
It is another milestone. Good luck to me.
K getting recognized for Best in Reading.
It was the Awards Assemblies again this afternoon. It’s the second 9 weeks in school and elementary students who did a great job within this period got recognized today. K and cousin A were among the students who showed and performed their best in school this period. K received a recognition for Best in Reading. A got recognized for Best in Writing. Nine weeks ago K and cousin A both received one of the 7 Habits award – Think Win Win and Sharpen The Saw.
Way to go little ones! We are so proud of you.
Checking for books.
If I remember it right, this is the second time K and I visited our local library since the school started in August. We couldn’t attend the Story Time for All Ages on Tuesday evenings because our bedtime is around 7:00 P.M. and the story time is scheduled at 6:30 P.M. The story time on Wednesdays and Fridays are for toddlers and are scheduled during school hours. So obviously we’re not able to go as well.
This afternoon we got the chance to go to the library because K wanted to borrow DVDs. We have a collection of kids’ movies on DVDs at home but it gets boring, you know. She enjoys being at the library. She reads a few books. Sometimes I read to her. What fascinated her most was searching for books and DVDs at the computer kiosk. When K started to try using the computer kiosk, she used a step stool to reach the keyboard. Now, she doesn’t have to use one anymore. She can reach the computer keyboard and she’s very happy about that. This way K will know if her favorite books like Pete the Cat and Hippoposites and DVDs like Kubo and My Neighbor Totoro are IN or OUT. The library is one of the places to take your children for learning and reading. There are activities and special events for kids’ according to age and interest that local libraries organize all the time.
I need to allot more library time on the weekends. As for the story time, we will catch up on that in the summer. We always participate in the Summer Reading Club.
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