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I survived the first week of Kindergarten again! I forget every year how exhausting this first week is both physically and mentally. I have always been an athlete and have been through many weeks of long practices and conditioning but nothing conditions you for that first week of Kindergarten. I look just like Arnold in the scene from Kindergarten Cop, when he falls onto the bed. This week is not from a Hollywood movie. It is my life and a reality and I absolutely love it!
I forget every year that I have to explain everything; how to open and close a glue bottle, how to form a line, how to not be eating by the automatic flush in the bathroom, not to put your foot in the toilet, how to raise your hand, share, take turns, look an adult in the eyes, how to hold scissors, how to hold a pencil, and I could go on and on. The first week, I hear my name repeated over and over again in my sleep. Mr. Flinn, Mr. Flinn, Mr. Flinn. I have to teach them next week to just say my name once.
I survived the first week of Kindergarten and I have set the foundation not only for the rest of the year but my students educational foundation as a life long learner. It is worth every moment, I would not have it any other way. The first week has to happen for learning, creating, and achieving to happen.