Saturday, May 12, 2012

End of the Year Thoughts

It's hard to believe it's almost the middle of May. After spring break, it seems that the time has flown.  My mind is swirling with all that needs to be done.

A LIST that keeps growing:

learning goals
end of the year assessments
field trips
Spring Open House
Mother's Day gifts
Memory Book
first grade play (school-wide performance)
report cards
getting the classroom ready for summer break
etc., etc., etc.

In the "busyness" of the past few weeks, one of the children brought this up to me as we were cleaning up and getting ready to go to recess:

Now if you teach first graders, you know that they just think their teachers are all of these things.  How touching!  I took a picture of it to put on my wall.

It made me stop and think about the few days we have left in the year. First graders grow so much in a year's time. They've become a social and learning community. It's really an exciting and special time. They seem so "grown up" and capable compared to the beginning of the year. 

Soon we'll be saying our good-byes, but in the meantime, added to my list is:

Remember to ENJOY each of these few days that are left in the year.

I hope you all do the same,


  1. Wonderful reminder and such a sweet card! This all brings back so many memories.....

  2. I love that note from your student, Mona, and you deserve it! Thank goodness for the love from our little ones!

  3. That's one of the reasons I love teaching the young ones--they can be soooo sweet! I also don't know where the year went. I had a tough group this year, but I do wish I had a little more time to work with them. We only have 12 days left---yikes!


  4. Love the white board note . . . nice comma and spelling teachin' Mona :)! Enjoy these last few days. I am following you!

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory


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