It's the fourth day of summer break and I have to tell you it feels much longer. I'm not complaining, at all, I love that feeling.
Wednesday was our last day of school, a half day. The kids were excited for summer break but I had to think of a way to entertain them for 3 hours. I knew a summer "fun pack" wasn't going to do it. So I had them push all the desks into one big table. Then I ripped off white roll paper to fit the length of the table. I told them they had to either write or draw their favorite memories of second grade. They were loving it! The conversations were priceless. They worked on it for a good 40 minutes. When they were just about checked out I had them stand up, push their chairs in, and carousel around the table to look at all the second grade favorites.
While they were working on their memories I slid the last piece of the time capsule in. I had written a letter to the class of 2023 [how crazy does that sound!?!?] the night before. I found myself tearing at the thought of having to let them go... my babies! In the letter I touched on some of the stand out moments of second grade and also put a "spotlight" on each child. I wrote one or two sentences about each one. The best part was/is I didn't tell them I had written it. My letter is going to be a fun little surprise when they open their time capsule in the future.
Have you hear of Mrs. Spitzer's Garden? I found it in the Scholastic book order and knew I just had to have it. It is a teacher must have! It's about a teacher who knows about children and gardens and how similar they are if they are nurtured. Before we said our goodbyes I read this precious picture book. Almost to the end of the story one of my little cutie's shouted out, "Hey those seeds they're talking about ARE children!" I cried, he was so right!
It was tough to send them on their way but I know they are ready to be big third graders!
That afternoon the sisters and I took some time to hang out before we started closing down our rooms. I was putting it off because I knew I had to tackle this filing cabinet. I seriously cannot fit another piece of paper in this thing. How did I accumulate so many papers in 3 short years of teaching?!?! Needless to say, I'm heading back to school on Tuesday to finish cleaning, organizing, and putting things away.
Friday night my mom, aunts, and cousins went to see 50 Shades! The Musical. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting but this show was something else. It was funny to say the least, lol.
I also thought I'd link up today with First Grade Blue Skies. She loves cases and so do I! So here's my phone case... a Target find!
I'm off to spend some more QT with my daddy!
- Sister 3 -