Last Friday I completed my third full week as a Pre-K paraprofessional, and I’m amazed at how quickly I have become attached to these 4-year-olds. There are still three weeks of school left, but I moved to another room this week. I have mixed emotions about that because I feel like I have just started bonding with the 20 kids in my first class.
Over the past three weeks, one child, who rarely talked at school started talking to me regularly. He has started asking for the things he needs and telling me the things he wants. He still speaks softly, and sometimes I have a hard time understanding him. However, it is no small accomplishment that he has gone from not talking at all, not even with his peers, to talking intermittently throughout the day. It absolutely melts my heart when he asks me to come sit by him or asks me if he can pass out the spoons at lunch.
Honestly, that’s what I want to see happen in students. If God uses me to touch one life out of 20 young ones, then I will feel blessed and greatful beyond measure. I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to be going back to school in the fall to learn how to help at-risk students. There have certainly been ups and downs with this new job. I’m not a super fan of the level of ‘babysitting’ I have to do with Pre-K students, but it has taught me invaluable lessons about these children. I think people would really be amazed at how much 4-year-olds analyze and feel and manipulate. Human beings are capable of tremendous achievements, and children at this age are very impressionable. They are sponges that soak up everything you give them. I think the greatest fault we could have as educators is to expect too little out of these young minds. They want structure. They want to learn and be pushed. They are capable of more than even they realize. I’ve been amazed, truly.
This wasn’t quite the lengthy post I had anticipated, but I just wanted to write a little about my new job. I’m sure the subject will continue to come up as there are two and a half weeks left. Hopefully I will be back to write more sooner rather than later.