Beginning of an End

January 17, 2019

Today was my last day in my regular job as I move on to my student teaching internship next Tuesday.  It was a roller coaster of a day. All days in a school are, but this one was different. I’m leaving these kids at the midyear point.  I will return near the end. And this is the time of year where things get interesting, especially in the younger grades. Kids who couldn’t write a complete thought are now compiling paragraphs.  Words are spelled correctly more and more often and I don’t need to use quite the same phonetic decoder skills as in the fall. It’s an exciting time to be in the primary grades.

My first grade students and I read a beautiful book called A Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick.  It’s a fun adventure after a snowfall as the animals try to determine who the new stranger in their habitat is. As part of this read aloud, the students and I created a fun winter craft, complete with handprints and glitter.  These are the projects I will miss as I move to work with older children.


To top it all off, I was gifted with a card made by each of the first grade students complete with artwork and the advice to “be safe.”  I was also given a beautiful orchid from a fifth grade student I have known throughout her elementary career. The card she wrote brought tears to my eyes.  Not seeing that smiling face every day will be a challenge, but the beautiful orchid she gave me will be a daily reminder… I just need to keep it alive.

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