The dumpsters are full. Teachers are cleaning everything out and putting it away for next year. Students are excited for summer. Teachers are too. Mostly.
I’m not ready to say goodbye to my first graders. They are ready for second grade, but I am not. I’ll miss them and the way they work together, laugh too loudly, and tell me that I’m funny. I’ll miss the way they know all my routines, but are so eager to learn that they can’t help but interrupt. We talk about it and they catch themselves. You can see the words on their lips waiting to come out. Such restraint for six year olds.
My students love construction paper, scissors, tape, glue, and staples. They beg for them every single day. When I say we don’t have time for extra crafts, it seems their world has ended. You should see their creations that are fueled by imagination, creativity, and too much tape. Sometimes I wish I could stop all my other lessons and let them create.
Goodbye little one. Follow your heart in second grade, create new, and wonderful things, do your best and don’t forget that your first grade teacher loves you more than you’ll ever know.