What do you remember about your early childhood school years? I mean, really? What are the memories from Kindergarten and 1stgrade that really stick with you? Perhaps for some of you it isn’t as far off as it is for me, but the things I remember aren’t the worksheets and the amazing math lessons. I remember really important stuff like the fact my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Hillman, let me where a kimono when we were learning about Japan, I remember my dad bringing in our nesting hen and baby chicks, baton lessons in the gym and the fact that Craig G was gone from the first week of school because he had chicken pox. You know, all that important stuff.
Well, this week I think I witnessed a memory that my students will carry with them far beyond kindergarten. One of those important ones you know.
The day that Frosty came to class.
I think, as a teacher and a mom, I try really hard to make memories for my students. When they think of kindergarten, I want there to be some of those warm memories. But with Common Core and the demands that are now placed on these little ones, it’s not always easy. We are constantly working to fit in more and more instruction. Well, this week, I think I witnessed a memory that my students might just carry with them far beyond kindergarten. One of those important ones, you know. The day that Frosty came to class . . .
Who knew Frosty made school visits? I didn’t!
But I had the distinct pleasure of having it happen. Arriving is a flurry of song, smiles and sweet hugs for every boy and girl . . .
this Frosty brought books and goodies for everyone.
It’s a pretty difficult job to keep 25 kinder friends sitting and engaged, but Frosty came armed with a plethora of snowman books and
I know as teachers, we often find it difficult to find time for guests to visit our classroom, but this week I had a great reminder that kindergarten isn’t just about the lessons and learning. It is OK to take time out to make some unplanned memories.
I so appreciate moms and dads and, in this case, really awesome Grandmas that love their kids enough to want to dress up in crazy outfits and be silly just because they know that a 5 year old might never forget . . .
. . .that one day in kindergarten when Frosty came to school . . .
So what memories did you make in kindergarten this week? I would love to hear from you.
A Special Thanks To Grandma Main. You were AMAZING.
Jennifer White says
I would love to be in your class!
First Grade Blue Skies
Linda Groce says
This story brought tears to my eyes! Being a teacher, mom and grandma, I sooo see the importance of making these memories. When we have these times at school, I remind the kids that these memories are treasures in our hearts that will last forever! Thanks for the post , Marsha!
Marsha McGuire says
Thanks so much Linda!
William Gerace says
This is truly an awesome post Marsha. It is so nice to see educators like you who strive to instill a positive yet fun school environment for our youngsters. I know I was a paraprofessional for twenty years and my last year before retiring I was in a a second grade classroom and between teaching to the rigid curriculum set by No Child Left Behind coupled with dealing with a lack of support from the administration it truly did take the fun out of working in public education a career I enjoyed for twenty years. I commend you and wish you and your family a joyful holiday season.