Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sick Day

I've disappeared from blog world for the last couple days, and landed in the world of chicken noodle soup! I got so sick at school yesterday that I had to leave in the middle of the school day! I am SOOO unbelievably thankful for my amazing teaching team! They all gave up their prep time and took turns teaching my class. I'm the only K-2 teacher at my school, so these guys are used to older kids who generally sit still and can follow basic directions, the drop 2, 3, or even 5 grade levels I'm sure was a bit of a challenge too. I was told that my kids did great for the rest of the day. Thank goodness! Last week there were tantrums nonstop, so I was a little nervous what would happen when I left. No idea about today though. I guess I'll find out when I show up in the morning.

My kids were soooooooo sweet to me for the few hours I was there yesterday! They could all tell I wasn't feeling well from the beginning of the day and just kept getting worse. I started with a sinus infection, and lucky me somehow got a stomach bug at the same time, yuck! One little guy offered to let me come over to his house so he could take care of me. He told me he has a super comfy green couch and cozy blankets. Cutie pie!

My boy with pretty classic autism had 2 special moments before I left. First, he was pretending to put his jacket on a book as a "book jacket." He was reading Amelia Bedelia book where she sews little jackets for the books at the library. Pretending is a huge social leap for him! His second moment was when I went to leave, he told me "I'll miss you!" Expressing feelings is another new skill for him. Last week he told me he loved me, unprompted, twice! Yay!

My last little bit of student love came today. A mom emailed me a letter he son wrote for me (she took a pic of the handwritten note). It said, "Dear Lisa, I'm sad that you are sick & I hope you get better soon. Sincerely, M (The friendly monster)" Yes, he did use the "&" symbol and wrote it correctly, and yes, he called himself a monster in parentheses. This is my little kinder genius boy. He can be so sweet.

I'm going to work tomorrow, and crossing my fingers I feel better than today. We have a field trip Thursday too. I hate sub planning for a multi-age class! I was there for an hour after I should have left yesterday, just so I could have things for the sub to do. I could not find my emergency sub plans to save my life and gave up. It's in a neon orange folder and somehow still managed to go missing. And of course, so did my book Miss Nelson is Missing. Maybe they are having a party together. Okay, I'm off to drink more 7-Up and eat saltines for dinner.
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