Three o'clock is HARD. Three o'clock means:
Three kids who are hungry
Three lunchboxes to unpack and clean
Three sandwich containers to wash
Three thermoses to empty and wash
Three backpacks open with contents strewn all over the floor
Three kids who don't want to do homework
Three cats who think it is time to play
Three snacks to figure out
Three pencils to find and sharpen
And I am supposed to be there for all of it. Even if that means I am supposed to be reading the kindergartener a book, helping the 1st grader find his three lined paper AND calling out spelling words to the 3rd grader - ALL AT THE SAME TIME!
How do you do it? Do you stagger homework amongst them all? Do you just dive into the insanity? After they have dumped it all on the table, how do you know who's permission slip goes where? How do you know who needs a dollar for hat day and who doesn't? Do you always sign the folders, notebooks, and homework sheets so they don't get dinged on the behaviour chart the next day? Do you always remember when it is your turn for snacks? Do you stand in the middle of Walmart and try to figure out something that ALL 23 students would eat? Do you remember that nothing can contain peanuts?
My mind is just goo by 3:30! How do you do it?