When I was on the way to work, the side effects of changing medication dosage were starting to show. I was so out of it, sleepy, in a daze, and I felt like I would nod my head to sleep and got surprised, but thankfully, none of that sort happened.
My head felt heavy and I was already lethargic despite not even working yet. The journey to work was even more rough because of how hot the weather was and how reckless the first bus driver drove (eurgh).
As soon as I entered the kindergarten, G had already arrived and was signing in. I greeted him and we talked about the students in my class (3 N2 kids + 4 K1 kids).
I was given the materials, attendance and workbooks, then headed to my classroom to sort them out.
After arranging the tables and chairs for 7 students, I sat down in front, and looked through the materials and workbooks. One by one, the kids came in, some were smiling excitedly, some were a bit confused and one cried.
Of course, not all kids are the same.
The topic for today’s lesson supposed to be Mirror Image, but I managed to complete next week’s lesson as well, which is about Symmetry.
Before the class started, I told them the rules and discussed on solutions if certain conflicts and problems happen.
When all the kids seemed to understand, I started with breathing exercises; inhaling like an inflated balloon, exhaling like a deflated balloon while trying to find different seats, eyes training; shutting of eyes, widening of eyes, following instructions when covering one eye or the other, and following the pen with their eyes.
Next, I started the lesson, trying my best to explain to them mirror image. We did mirror image games by following the person in front of us like a reflection; the kids were grouped in pairs and had fun with following their partners.
I have to admit; the workbooks were not really suitable for the kids who are around 4 to 5 year olds.
Maybe if simple shapes and figures are shown, it will be easier for them to understand. And of course, it was difficult for me too.
Despite the difficulty, I strive on anyway to explain as patiently and as simply as possible, while going through the workbooks.
As soon as many have finished the workbooks, one kid exclaimed, “Now I know what you meant, teacher!”
That really touched my heart, but I became anxious again when I realised I had to find things to do with them next week since the workbooks have been completed.
I’ll be finding worksheets and games about Symmetry, which is suitable for 4 to 5 year olds, for the next week.
Wish me luck!
p/s: I honestly hope I have a better sleep tonight! My eyes have been so heavy the whole day zzzzz