Friday, May 20, 2011

A Thankful Art Teacher

Today, I am thankful for my job. I have the great blessing of teaching art to 4 and 5 year old children at my church's preschool.

I love children, especially at this age, when they are so in awe of you just because you are an adult and know so much! You may know very little, but they don't get that yet. Being five years old they are almost always happy, full of life and excitement, and genuinely glad to see you. They love hugs and to say, "Hey Miss Karen!", or "Hey, Art Teacher!" Working with children brings many smiles to my day.

Yesterday, I received a handmade card from one of my sweet students and after reading it, I started to tear up. Today is graduation day and all of my pre-Kers are moving on to Kindergarten next year. I will miss them!

I love also the people I work with. This was my first year teaching art and I was fairly anxious about how I would do it and whether I would fit in. I could not have been in a more loving, encouraging, and supportive environment. So many spoke words of affirmation when I needed them, others were there lending a hand and seeming to anticipate what I needed next. Even down to the last days of preparing the art show, when I couldn't pull it all together fast enough, they were there helping me out and making me look good. What kind of price tag can you put on that?

Finally, I LOVE getting to do creative art projects and coming up with ideas for the kids to try.  I always try the project out first  to see how difficult it is and to figure out which parts I think the children can do and what steps might need to be eliminated or simplified.  Basically, I am getting paid to play with paints and oil pastels.  I even save my own favorite projects!  I haven't gotten so bold as to put them up on the refrigerator alongside Levi's.  I know teens would make fun of me.  But, it's like I am getting to do a redo on my childhood since we didn't have art classes in my school.  I love playing with art!

Thank you Jesus, for my job. I am indeed blessed.

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