I don't really know how to start this post , how to tell you all about my first week at school but I'll give it a go .
Monday morning I was so nervous , my stomach was churning ninety to the dozen I can tell you . I really didn't have any reason to worry though. Mrs K the teacher introduced me to the class. Thirty pairs of 4/5 year old eyes all looking at you and saying hello Mrs Coates and you realise that you are going to help all these children learn things that will see them through life - wow.
One of the hardest things initially was just learning all their names , english , bengali and arabic - a few mouthfuls but I'm getting there. A couple have special needs so you have to keep an extra eye on them .
So many surprises too , children you think would know things don't and vice versa, all just going to show you should never judge people on looks alone.
So far I've helped with numbers 1 - 20 , seeing who can recognise them when they're wrote down and name recognition , as I mentioned earlier there are different nationalities so for a lot of them English isn't their first language which makes it all the harder.
There are so many things I want to say but don't have the words or can't due to confidentiality but to sum it up the kids are great the teachers are great - I love it .
Next week I have a meeting with my advisor and we'll start with written work so apologies in advance if I disappear for a little while or don't get around to commenting on your posts. I have found it a bit hard this week just fitting normal everyday life stuff in !!
Anyway , I hope you like the pics taken from a walk we went on today , if anyone knows the name of the plant in the top pic please let me know as it's the first time I've ever seen it . I've also posted another photo of Treebeard - did you spot his face ?
Hopefully next week I'll be able to show you some 'shroom photos and tell you about the best cupcake book I've ever read.
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