You may not know this but besides our primary job of getting all of our kiddos to and from school safely, my bus attendant, Amber, and I also have the responsibility to work on kindergarten readiness with our little friends. This involves things such as counting, colors, letter recognition etc.
One game that we play every day is “Who’s Next”. We count all the kids before we leave school and then as we travel home, we ask questions like, “How many friends are left?” or “Whose turn is it next”. Yes, preschoolers and can add and subtract!
We also play a modified version of I-Spy, with queries such as, “Where is the green mailbox?” or “Can anyone find the pink dump truck?”
When practicing our routes in the fall we look for things along the way that may be interesting for the children. This year there are people who wave at us every day, airplanes, dinosaurs, a dragon and a myriad of holiday decorations.
There is never a dull moment when you spend 40 hours a week with preschoolers.
Have I mentioned lately that I love my job?!?! You see, at the beginning of the year we had several students on our route that were considered non-verbal. But with a lot of hard work on behalf our staff, the local school district, the parents, and of course, the children themselves, these precious students can now chatter as well as their peers.
What do you do for fun?