END OF SCHOOL
beginning of year picture
Before I became a mom, I was a First Grade teacher. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education, which focuses on how and why children develop the way they do. I loved teaching and watching the students grow through the year. When Evian started Kindergarten, I remember her teacher sitting across the table from me and holding my hands saying, “it’s different sitting on that side of the table isn’t it?!” Being a mom instead of a teacher was a role that was unfamiliar to me. I wanted to know how reading was going to be taught, how many hands on activities were going to be done, would she use manipulatives to teach math, and on and on. I learned I had to sit back and let the teacher do HER job and me do my job, which was to be a MOM. So began the journey of school for us! Homework, lunches, fieild trips, school projects, volunteering, and teachers~ year after year the same cycle then we say goodbye and enjoy the SUMMER!!
Every parent/ child combination handles homework differently. Thank goodness I have independent kids, because they do not have patience with me when it comes to homework! I feel like by the time they get home they are TIRED and have no patience to do homework or listen to me try to help. By 3rd grade Evian was in a fabulous habit of coming straight home and getting her homework completed on the island, while we had a snack. 4th grade has been a little more challenging, as they expected her “study” habits to magically appear overnight! If we have struggled too much with an assignment or concept, I am one of those parents who sends the work back to school with a note, asking for additional help. My theory is, if she doesn’t understand it needs to be re-taught Miles is still in the honeymoon phase of first grade, where he loves homework and thinks it is e a s y !
Why do I not like making lunches? I should enjoy the fact that I know my kids are eating a healthy homemade lunch from home, but….. I still get a little tired of packing them. Evian has eaten the same lunch since Kindergarten, she loves the routine and simplicity! On the other hand, Miles eats enough to feed a grown man! I am looking forward to our summer picnics together!
Volunteering I think is one of our biggest challenges as a mom! We have to be careful not to say yes to too many things, and that is a whole other topic!! I have found that in kindergarten, parent volunteers are essential to everything running smoothly, then as the kids get older, the involvement in the classroom gets less and less. Even though the parents aren’t needed as much in the classroom, there is always plenty to do around the school campus. Summer is such a good time to take a break from volunteering and spend some quality time with my family!
Evian and Miles have had some really special teachers! and then we have had years when we are ready to say goodbye and move on! I know personally that teaching is a hard job and we really want our teachers to feel appreciated for their hard work! End of the year gifts have always been special to me. I loved the wide variety of gifts my students gave to me; gift cards, homemade cards, personal toys ;), homemade cards, books, etc.. I love it when a class does a group gift it always turns out to be something special. I also started something special with Evian- I let her go to the store with me to pick out her end of the year gift for her teacher. I give her a price limit and let her do the shopping. It is so special to watch her shop, she really puts a lot of thought into what she knows about her teacher and what would be a special gift. I love to think of the proud smile and place in her heart as she gives her gift to her teacher. For example; she told me her 3rd grade teacher loved ice cream and that she was building a pool in her backyard. So she put together a summer themed basket full of gifts for a fun summer! I also always take the time to write a personal note to the teacher, thanking them for a great year and sharing a one or two memories throughout the year. This was one of my favorite times as a teacher, reading notes from parents on how I touched their child’s life! Gifts whether great or small are important to teach our children how important it is to show gratitude.
READY FOR SUMMER
Countdown has begun! We LOVE Summer!! Love the unscheduled days, relaxing mornings, and letting go of the rush!!! Summer is full of swimsuits, popsicles, endless art activities, movie nights, playing games, riding bikes, feet in the sand and making memories! As Miles would say, “it’s like one long weekend!” Enjoy the end of school and look forward to following us as we enjoy our summer!
end of year, ready for summer!!!