Hi everyone! I’ve been contemplating this blog post since the last day of school… Just haven’t been able to wrap my mind or my emotions around our year already being over. I held it together pretty well through our graduation ceremony and party. My heart was swollen with pride for all of the kids as they showed ya’ll their career research projects. My heart was happy as ya’ll looked through the scrapbooks and reminisced of all of the good memories of our year. My heart was full as each kid squeezed me before they left my room for the last time. So proud, so happy, so full, and then so sad. So sad as I looked around at twelve empty chairs and bare walls. Sad that my own daughter wouldn’t be with me next year. Sad that these kids I had grown to love as my own would not be back. I know I will have more awesome kids next year. I know that we will learn and have adventures. I know we will laugh, cry, and grow close. I know it will be just as hard to let the next group go into the “big world” as it was to let this one go. But, I also know its okay to be sad when it is over so took a few moments to just let myself be sad. A good cry is often cleansing for the soul :).
We had so much fun the last couple weeks of school! We learned about careers! Each kiddo got to choose a career to research. They watched videos, made thinking maps, conducted interviews, and worked hard to create posters to display their research. I was so proud of the higher-level thinking that went down with these projects! The kids were asking to create maps that required higher-level thinking like brace maps, flow maps, bridge maps, rather than simple circle maps or bubble maps. On the last day, the kiddos dressed up like the career they researched. I don’t know for sure what these kids will become, but I DO know that God will use each of them to do AMAZING things! Here are a few pictures:
Now, let’s talk about our KinderCamp Day! It was so much fun! In the morning, we read stories in our tent, played camping bingo, made smore’s, and had some fun camping stations. For lunch, we had a cookout! We grilled hot dogs and had watermelon, chips, fruit snacks, and juice. The kids had a blast! After lunch, we went on a nature scavenger hunt! In the afternoon, we had some outside fun! We did water balloons, silly string, bubbles, chalk, a bounce house, and snow-cones. It was such a fun way to wrap up our year! Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered and/or sent supplies for us :)!
I want to end this post and this year with one more “thank you”. Thank you for letting me love your kids this year! Thank you for being awesome parents! These kids are going to do awesome things in their life time. Next year will be very different for them and for you. I want you to know I am still here for you if you want to share successes with me, have questions, want to visit, or need to vent! I will help any way I can. Don’t make me a memory just yet :)!
Have a GREAT summer! Eat lots of ice cream for me!