Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The final week

I knew it was going to be busy and hectic at times. And it was.
The last week of school was a whirlwind of candy canes, assemblies, class parties and fun.
I knew I'd find it emotional. And I did.
My class was jut wonderful this year. 25 students full of zest, energy and enthusiasm.
Here are some little moments from the last week...
Lots of craft and painting

One thing that worked out really well was having a "to do before the holidays" list. It was inspired by one of the best blogs out there: whatever.
Summer holiday list - inspiration
I asked each student to think of one thing they really wanted to do before they went on holidays. It had to be something we could actually do at school, no money involved and was inclusive of the class. We had LOTS of suggestions:
  • more painting/craft
  • Christmas activities
  • walk around the school (loved this idea - so sweet!)
  • how to draw a dragon lesson (one of the kids volunteered to run this - easy!
It was lovely to see their ideas, many just simple requests to have fun, explore and relax. Some even asked to do more Maths/Reading/Handwriting. So, we did! The rest of the class was happy to do any of these things as they knew another student requested it, not just me. Interesting :)

Oh the places you'll go.
I read my favourite book "Oh the places you'll go!" by Dr Seuss. I cry every single time I read this bit:
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
So I had to rehearse this page a few times with my husband just so I wasn't a blubbering mess when I read it to the class. They liked it and I think they understood the overall message: life is great, life is hard, keep going even when things are tough. I believe each word as I read it to them. I believe that they will succeed and do well. Oh dear, I'm going to get teary again.
Gifts to my class
I made these little packs for my students. They all recieved:
  • sunflower seeds (to keep growing)
  • a personal message (what I think they're good at, why I'm proud of them etc.)
  • a book (chapter book)
  • lollies
They all sat in a circle and opened their gifts at the same time. The looks on their faces was priceless. Amazement! I will definitely do this again next year.

Flowers from my lovely husband

 I came home on the last day of school to these beautiful flowers and a card that made me cry.
I has been a big year and I wept as I thought of my students moving on. I'm truly amazed at my husband and how he puts up with me sometimes. We talked, drank champagne with some friends and reminisced on the year that had come to an end.

I will miss my class. I will miss their bright faces, unique personalities and humor. I know that they'll go on to do amazing things and I'm so lucky that I was a part of their journey, if only for a short time.

Oh the places they'll go.

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