I have one little girl that lives just with dad. She is very young and cannot stay focused for more than 2 minutes, but every day before she leaves she says “I love you Mrs. Klinger.” She is new to our state and school and has told me that since her first day. Sometimes she makes me want to pull my hair out, but she is oh so sweet.
Another sweet one that is new to our school has been placed with grandma because dad is in jail and mom is a drug addict. Every day she politely asks if she can give her grandma a hug at lunch when she sees her (she brings the headstart kids to eat at our school). So, so sweet.
Today I listened as they were working on their small moment stories. I play music for 10 minutes so they can work quietly without interruption. I could not help but smile as they whispered their ideas as they wrote. One boy made me so proud. He can barely read a few words and still has to sound out even short vowel words, but he was so engrossed in what he was writing. I watched him so intense in his writing and sounding out every letter to get it just right. It was so cute, and made me so proud of him.
I am so thankful for this class of first graders, tantrums and all.
I hope you decide to link up sometime this month to share what you are thankful for in your classroom lives.