Today was a half day at school because it was Teacher’s Day here in India. My 5 year old colored some pictures for the teachers last night (and added a sticky note for them to add their own writing) but she mis-placed them this morning so we took some of the blow paint crafts they made the other day instead.
There school has around 25 students and three full time teachers and an aide. Luckily we had 4 of those pictures to add.
School on Teacher’s Day in India
Most of the other schools seem to have the kids at school for one hour. Since most schools have two or three batches per teacher, it allows the teachers to be appreciated by the students briefly and then move on Other schools are off for the day, honoring the teachers with a day off.
Our cook quit
I was a bit happy to have the shortened day because it was our “lunch day” at school and our cook decided to up and quit. Another story again, but basically she gets two days off a month and she took 5 off last month so I docked her pay. I mean most people who don’t show up for work don’t get paid, right? Either way it appears to be a power struggle. The belief seems to be that I need her more than she needs the job so I should beg her back and not cut her pay. But, I have less waiting around (She was on time for cooking once last month) and the kids overall prefer non-Indian food. Of course my husband prefers Indian food, so we have a balance to make. Anyway, we were to bring egg-free muffins (cupcakes without frosting) for the kids in school and that is easier than lunch for me!
Parents are a child’s first teacher
It was sweet – on the drive to school today my 5 year old said, “My teacher said we have to say thank you because you were our first teachers.” Yes, parents are the kid’s first teachers AND the other part is that we continue to teach. In everything we do the kids see, learn and then, DO. My goal this week has been no yelling. When I yell I tell my kids it is okay to yell. When I’m upset, I’m working hard to say “I’m upset because X,” rather than shutting down or yelling. Both are not good coping techniques. Getting a hold of MY emotions are important so that I can respond effectively and positively.
Happy Teacher’s Day to all the teachers out there. The kid’s teachers at their school are awesome. I took some photos at the end of the day but of course my phone decided to eat them