Thankful Tantrums

Today I am very thankful for my sweet kiddos. They have been a bit of a handful this week (one tantrum too many equals in school detention for one poor sweetie-my first time ever for that) but they are all really very sweet.

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.  



  1. It's always good to see the positive in your students, even for two minutes! Thanks Tammy. You and Deb's post help me understand what I am thankful for too!

  2. Your kiddos sound a lot like mine! Sometimes its easy to forget what they've got going on at home...I try to remind myself of that everyday!

    Happy weekend!

    Teachery Tidbits

  3. Awww. Your kiddos are so lucky to have you, Tammy!
    Growing Firsties

  4. I have some of the very same kids. One of my little guys who used to write random letters during writing workshop and started off the year refusing to participate in writing at all is now bringing books from home that he's written. I find myself very thankful as well.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  5. Tammy,
    Your blog is absolutely ADORABLE! LOVE it so much! It was so nice to meet you through November Currently! Thank you for stopping by and saying hello! Looking forward to stalking your blog frequently!
    Have a great weekend!

    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe