Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A New Undertaking....

As many of you know, I teach environmental science part time at a community college. This means that I am at work on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings, and I am squeezing in grading and prep work whenever I can. On Tuesday I started teaching of a new kind: preschool! Finn's preschool teacher (and one of my best friends) headed to Europe for 2 months, and I am taking over as teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next 5 weeks.
Finn has been talking about it for weeks. Months actually. It was so cute to see him on Tuesday as we headed over to their house to get ready for the day. He was very proud to have his mama there as the teacher.
Tuesday went smoothly. Luckily it is an in-home preschool, so besides my own children, there are only 4 more, and most of the time they are finding ways to entertain themselves by engaging in imaginary play. I was actually very impressed by the imaginations of these children!
However, spending the day with several extra children is exhausting, and I now have a whole new respect for all of those preschool teachers out there. Small kids seems to have endless energy, enormous emotions, and are really good at making messes. But we knew that already, right?
I think the hardest part over these next 5 weeks will be switching back and forth between teaching 3-5 year olds on Tuesdays and Thursday and teaching adults on Wednesdays and Fridays and still being a mama and accomplishing my regular tasks in between.
And now, I am off for another day of preschool! Maybe I will become a superhero or a frog or a train or a chair. I will have to see where the day leads us! Pin It Now!


  1. Well, the only thing I can say is "you ROCK!!!!"

    What a wonderful experience for you, yes, I am sure it will be busy and a little exhausting and I bet a few things will drop off the proirity list, but the experience, that will be amazing!!!!

    Enjoy it :)

  2. Wow, what an amazing (and exhausting) experience to have! And as far I am concerned, you are already a superhero. :)

  3. oh my. Good luck with this one :-)

  4. Fun! And so cute that F was excited to have you there. My sister substitute teaches high school and whenever she subs for one of her kids' classes that practically die of embarrassment. :)

  5. Sounds busy in a good way. You won't regret taking the opportunity to teach your son's preschool. Sounds cliche, but kids really do grow up so fast.