Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lend a Hand

I was put in charge of the classroom job chart this year. Of course, Pinterest was an inspiration and I saw a job chart called "Lend a Hand". So I figured out the jobs, and then yesterday I had each student trace their hand and write their name in the middle. After school I laminated them all and added them to the job chart to complete the look. 

For the first 2 weeks, the first graders are "resting" their hands to give them a chance to get better acquainted with their new surroundings. :-)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day as First Graders!

The first day of school is always rather chaotic and overwhelming, but we all survived!! I think these five little munchkins are quickly discovering that First grade will be rather different than Kindergarten, but I think they will do just fine. :-)

Here they are in their new desks... 

And yes, they actually sat quietly in their desks for about 15 minutes and started some of their new schoolwork!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I'm Back!!

The summer is nearly over and next week starts the new school year! This week is teacher in-service which is getting me all motivated and excited. :-) This school year will be a bit different. I am getting to do something I have ALWAYS wanted to do. I get to continue on with my Kindergarten graduates! Because our school is small, there were no Kindergarten students enrolled this year, so I was asked to help out with the 1st graders. It always saddens me each year at graduation because I feel like I FINALLY get my students to where I want them to be, and then I have to pass them on. I feel so blessed to be able to continue on with them and see all the progress they will make as 1st graders!!

So this year I may not be posting on this blog as much, but I definitely will post pictures of all the fun activities we do in the Elementary Learning Center! I already know of 3 field trips coming up sooo....stay tuned! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The "Grand Finale" Post for this School Year

Graduation night is always special. Five minutes before 7:00 pm, the students are literally jumping off the walls with excitement, while the teacher nervously wrings her hands and the parents calmly wait for the program to begin.

Graduation practices are always a bit tedious throughout the month of May. Some days the practices go well, while on other days, the teacher wonders if she is going to survive until graduation night!?

However, something always seems to "click" on the night of Kindergarten graduation. The students are always ready and determined to do their best, while impressing both those in the audience, and especially their teacher!

I can't explain the feeling that comes over me when I see my students up there on stage, remembering what we have practiced, speaking/singing loudly, and just being plain cute!

When our program was over last Thursday night, we went to the Kindergarten classroom to get changed into the graduation caps and gowns, but first, we had a group hug. It was really my last moment with these girls as a Kindergarten class. Words can't express the energy that was in the room at that moment (and believe me, there has been A LOT of energy in that classroom this whole school year!)

After they received their diplomas and were dismissed to their parents, I received a surprise gift from my girls. With the help of one of the other teachers, they had made me a special book with pictures, drawings and notes from each of them. It was so sweet! I couldn't wait to read all their little notes. :-)

Yes, this year has not been without its challenges, but when you receive a gift like this with little heart-felt notes from 6 precious little girls, those "bad memories" fade away, and you just remember how great of a school year it has been!

Other special gifts from my girls- a teacher mug, a framed favorite Bible verse, a personalized teacher necklace, some yummy cookie and chocolate treats, and beautiful purple flowers! Yes, this teacher felt so spoiled on graduation night. :-)

Well, I can't end my blogging days on such a sentimental note....

Sooooo, what do you think of this drawing of me?? This was on the back of Hope's note to me in the book. I must say, I am not quite sure how to take this portrayed image of myself, but I believe I will just laugh out loud. :-)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

3 Special Sisters

I have been blessed to be able to teach these 3 sisters for 3 different school years! I taught Abbi in 2008-2009, Leah in 2010-2011 and now Sarah in 2013-2014!! Seeing how I have only taught Kindergarten 4 years in total, it is pretty amazing that I was able to teach all 3 sisters!

If you have been a follower of my blog for any length of time, you probably recognize Abbi and Leah. If not, why not go browsing through the archives?! It is amazing how much these girls have grown up in just a few years!