When Moms talk, I listen! And I've been told that Kleenex is required for this post. ;)
It seems hard to believe that 40 weeks have passed and here we are, getting ready for another summer, and then before we know it, a new school year and these beautiful kids of mine move on to Grade Four.
What a wonderful journey this has been. I sincerely hope that the boys and girls of Room 208 have enjoyed their time in my classroom as much as I've loved having them.
We really did become a little family and it didn't take long. When I read back over the blog posts from the last ten months, I see a year filled with lots of new learning (for me too!), lots of laughter and many, many new adventures.
It's incredible when I think about it: every single day, we came together, we had our little routines,our morning handshakes, our own inside jokes, laughs that made our bellies hurt, lessons that bombed, lessons where I knocked it out of the park, videos, videos and more videos, music that moved us and of course, Full House every Friday at lunch.
Just like a family.
I tried to capture that feeling here on this blog, but I don't know to what degree I succeeded because what goes on in that classroom is kind of magical. When you have all those people working together to achieve goals and make things happen, it's hard to find the words to describe it. Perhaps that's why I rely so much on videos. I wanted you to come in and see first hand how your children spent their days. How happy they are. What beautiful people they are and what wonderful citizens they will become.
Doesn't it seem like yesterday that I was asking for returned permission forms for our Crawford Lake trip? Or how about all those two-litre pop bottles you brought in? We had so much fun making our crafts this year. Remember when I asked all the kids to bring in sunglasses and jean jackets for what promised to be a great Fun Friday? "Let the Good Times Roll!" That video still makes me grin from ear-to-ear. And how about all of those videos where it's just me talking and explaining...videos that I hope helped you to support your child's learning at home or at least made you feel part of the loop. Thank you for watching them. Thank you for partnering with me in so many ways. I think we made a great team.
We've spent 190 days together and it flew by. I really don't know where February through May went. I find all these new great ideas online or from my colleagues and I tell myself, "Oh, we can do that later in the year." But it's now Week 40 and there is no "later in the year."
There is no job better than teaching, I really believe that. And after this wonderful year with your children, that's all the proof I need to confirm this opinion.
Parents, thank you for your support, patience and sense of humour.
Boys and girls, I was your teacher for Grade Three and now, I am your friend for life. I hope that as you grow and succeed, you will always come back and visit with me and tell me about all the wonderful things you are accomplishing. And when your day isn't going as well as you would like and you need a cupcake and a soft place to land, you know where to find me.
I have one more video to share with you all. I'm going to first show it to "my kids" and then I'll post it here later in the week.
Thank you again for a wonderful year.
Have a safe and happy summer.