So I wanted to participate in this linky party: http://mrssheltonskinders.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-you-wish-you-had-been-told-linky.html because I do think Kindergarten is different than any other grade level and people are often surprised at how challenging it is. So here goes, what I wish I knew before I started teaching:
1) You will find yourself saying a lot of things you never thought you'd actually have to say, for example: please don't put the popcorn up your nose, please don't lick the tables, etc.
2) You will hear your name 67,000 times a day. Sometimes I don't answer right away just to see how many times they will say it!
3) They are brutally honest! I came in with my hair curled one day and got "Miss Trayers, what did you do to your hair!" or another great one "how old are you 60?". Gotta love 'em.
4) Yes, you will be required to teach objectives based on algebraic reasoning and reading compound words. It's not the naptime/snack/be able to tie your shoes that we remember from when we attended school.
5) I think it's the most rewarding grade ever! They will tell you they love you every day (honest, remember?). They will work hard because you asked them to and they will make incredible progress by the end of the year!