School is out for the year.
This summer, I'm taking a few classes, but mostly, I'm taking vacation.
I am so thankful for the people who work with me, who love kids, who do whatever they can to make sure kids are learning, and who are fantastic friends and colleagues. I am so thankful that I get to go to a job I love each day. And I am so thankful for some time to slow down and reflect after my attempt at National Boards (results don't come out until November) and my first year as the teacher-mom of a "school age" kid.
Even if that kid was two when she started school.
She's changed a lot from September….
Ellie is speaking in sentences at home. Not long sentences, but sentences, some of which have semi-appropriate syntax. She is confident. Her teacher encouraged her to speak, to participate, to play and run on the playground, and to jump right in. Ellie did - most of the time. I heard a great story today that involved Ellie laying in "the beached whale position" as the students were heading out to a fire drill, so she still has lots of work to do, but she's come a long way.
Last night, Ellie couldn't sleep. I was laying down next to her trying to calm her down, and she began to tell me who she loves at school. Included were her teacher, one of the extended day staff, the cafeteria manager, and a few friends.
I'm sure she'll love the preK 3-4 class just as much. But first, summer.