yesterday was my last day of my first year in kindergarten. i have taught first grade many times before but this was my first time working with the extra young ones. not to mention that my children all come from either the projects or the local domestic violence shelter, so they are often both very underexposed and carrying extreme emotional challenges/situations with them.
the first two months i thought i'd never make it. i mean, it was really a shock of reality. these kids couldn't do ANYTHING. couldn't sit, couldn't stand in a line, couldn't write their names, couldn't read most of their letters, couldn't gotwo seconds without wiping various bodily fluids all over everything.... it was a mess. and don't even get me started about the constant tantrums.
as soon as the tantrums were under control a bit (notice i said a bit) we really started to have a lot of fun.
celebrated historic events together,
and by january, low and behold, they had learned a few letters.
and then by june? it is absolutely INCREDIBLE that this is the same group of kids i started the year off with.
now they are readers! and writers!
and even photographers!
honestly, every teacher should, at one point in their career, have the privilege of teaching kindergarten. there is absolutely NO other grade in which you see such overwhelming progress over such a short period of time. and, while you might be cursing yourself for the first few months of the year, the joy of seeing (what appear to be at first) snotty little aliens turn into functional, bright and talented students is completely priceless!
(realizing of course that the reason i chose i had to blog about this the day after my last day of school, when i am on a 'hooray for kindergarten' high- is the fact that, come september i will need to come back in the archives and remember why on EARTH i willingly chose to do kindergarten again).
this is why:
how else would i ever in my life be able to encounter "the ultimis marble in the world"?
("ultimis?" i asked him, "do you mean, ultimate?" "NO! ultimis!" he replied)
i could not possibly be more proud of these kids! hooray for kindergarten!