Back to school time transforms me. During the summer I am a full time wife and mommy who organizes activities and keeps everyone busy, a domestic goddess who gets everything done around the house, and a conqueror of all the to do list tasks and errands. Also add to the list slight exaggerator… but who is keeping up?!
Once school starts, I quickly become a non existent wife who does a kiss and run from the hubs to my next location, a form filling out, homework helping mommy who has to remember when kids need sneakers or gymnastics attire, a wrecked home gal who desperately wants clean clothes that don’t need to be ironed, and a women who only adds to the to do list.
The Demands of the Start of the School Year
It is true. The demands of a teacher during the first month of school are overwhelming. First, even if you do the work over the summer you still have more to do. Then, even if you try to be the most efficient employee at school, you still feel behind. And even if you have taught this grade before, the work load is never easier.
Thank goodness for my back to school helper! I hope and pray we all have someone in our lives who is a supporter of our passion, who knows how hard we work and pick up the slack for us when they can. Here is to them and how thankful we all are as teachers.
Thanks for taking care of the kids on their first day of school
My husband take both of our kids to school on the first day, which is the only day all year this usually occurs. He comes by my classroom to get the “sign” I create for the first day of school and so I can give my little S one last kiss and good luck wish. He takes the pictures and sends them to me.
I work every late after the first day of school. And I mean, really really late. It doesn’t matter how hard I work getting ready for the school year, once the kids hit the classroom, every teacher quickly sees what will work
and what needs to be changed as soon as possible.
Maybe this is because I always add a new student or three the first day of school as well. And since we get no breaks or lunch away from the kids on the first day, I have to fix up their spots with their names quickly.
Additionally, I have to sort and store all those supplies. That alone is no easy tasks.
Hubs knows I am not coming home early. He expects it. I get a hug and a kiss and a sweet smile when I do get home. Then, I usually fall asleep without eating dinner in per exhaustion. Thanks for understanding and letting me sleep. It means the world to me.
The Tedious Tasks
In addition to our teacher work load, my county gave all the teachers
a list of 4 online safety modules to complete in the month of August. (These take the place of faculty meetings so I didn’t mind, but I wanted them DONE.)
So… I came home after the first day LATE, took a shower, and wanted to tackle my to do list and safely modules, and SLEEP. In steps my back to school helper again!
My husband took the kids to dinner and to Target to let me finish what I needed to do. And he kept it very fun for them… like only a daddy can do. Then, I got a picture so I could see them and not feel badly about doing what I needed to do.
The best news was… I got to spend all of Saturday and Sunday with the whole family since I was done working. My mood was better because I did some serious damage to that to do list so my stress was lower.
After teaching for 12 (plus) years, my back to school helper knows the things I need all the time. When he sees clearance scissors, he grabs them.
I often get a text from him asking if he needs to grab something he might think I need. I hate shopping so this is a HUGE HUGE HUGE help.
I am so blessed to have someone who knows THIS is my love language.
Then, I found these ABC pastas from another blogger on Instagram. (It was Primary Graffiti.) So, what do I do? I screen shot it and sent it to the hubs. He kept his eyes out for it each and every time he went to the store… and came home with some the next week. THANKS honey.
Behind the scenes… he is awesome. I made this Alphabet using real pictures. While I was prepping it, he told me my iguana was not an iguana but a lizard. Therefore, it had to be changed. (I am confident that I didn’t notice or care, but he knew it really did matter!)
Well I changed it, but didn’t throw away the wrong one. When I went to set it up… I couldn’t remember which was right or wrong. So, another quick text to the hubs… HELP.
Sure enough… I put up the wrong one and had to change it. I am pretty sure not one else would have noticed. But he did. And he helped me make it better.
I am a little gal and after carrying our girls during my pregnancy, my back is shot. (They seriously did some damage to it.) I got a hand me down loft for my classroom, but I needed to make the sides taller and safer for my students. So I needed some wood.
Lifting that wood could have been slightly painful for me to do by myself with the girls, because they are usually with me. Additionally, I didn’t want the wood in the car between their car seats if I could help it.
I gave my helper the measurements, he got the wood for me. (Notice how easy he makes this look. It was way heavier than it looks!)
Home Depot’s saw was broken… so hubs had to cut the wood for me as well.
Outside. In the heat of a summer night. In Georgia. THEN he went above and beyond and sanded it down as well.
Thanks all those back to school helpers who lend a hand for us teachers.
We are extremely grateful to you. Who is your back to school helper and what do they do for you?
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