That's a wrap in Enrichment
I first want to say thank you for all the generous and thoughtful gifts, cards, and words shared with me this week, and the whole year, for that matter! It's my pleasure and honor to spend time with your children. They bring light and joy wherever they go, even if it's hidden behind a pout or an eye roll sometimes! Thank you for sharing your greatest treasure with me this year. It was an especially tough year to trust someone else with your child, and I feel honored that I was that person for you and your family.
Now, if anyone tells you that our "smart" devices aren't listening to what we're saying, I call bologna! After giving the kids a little pep talk/end of the year thank you in the classroom, and a lovely, and sometimes teary goodbye with everyone at the gate today I came back downstairs to clean up the classroom. Something not everyone knows about me, (but I guess now you do) is that I'm a musical theater geek. From Anything Goes to Hamilton and everything in between... if there's singing, dancing, and a storyline, it's for me! Anyway, I came downstairs, turned the showtunes channel on Amazon music and was punched in the gut by the playlist. For Good from Wicked about two best friends who met in school and are saying goodbye to each other for the last time, and who's main theme is "I don't know if I've been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good". This was followed by Getting To Know You from The King and I. This song is a teacher singing to her students that she is learning about "the subject I like most. Getting to know you." "Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me". Next up on the list was When I Grow Up from Matilda, about kids dreaming about what they'll be able to do when they grow up. "I will be strong enough to carry all the heavy things you have to haul around with you when you're a grown up. And when I grow up I will be brave enough to fight the creatures that you have to fight beneath the bed each night." It was at this point that I changed the station! All of that to say that I'm thankful for your children, and the things they have taught me this year, and some in the two years I've been with them.
Our last few books were Zen Pig by Marc Brown, A Is for All the Things You Are by Anna Forgerson Hindley, and Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. All very different books, but all wonderful messages, and things we've been working on this year. If you don't already know them, take a look in the library!
I brought back some favorites for centers this week. At the top of the list was definitely the pool noodles and connectors. This was the first time they've been able to all play at the same center together this year. They did a wonderful job building together, and asking for different pieces from their friends. This was a joy to see!
Also, everyone took home a "Flat Mrs. Renoni" today. I encouraged the kids to take her on adventures! Whether that is going down the slide, going for a bike ride, being brave enough to conquer the top bunk, or getting glasses; Flat Mrs. Renoni hopes to adventure with your child. And if you feel like taking pictures and emailing those to me I'd love to see them!
I hope you all have a relaxing, happy, and healthy summer!
Wishing you all the best, and sending all my love!