At this time of the year my first graders have Spring Fever. The weather is warmer, and the sun shines brightly. Images of Summer fun have already started to take hold. I'm usually ready for a break by this time of the year, but also overwhelmed with things left to do. I'm busy completing assessments and finishing lingering units of study. Planning end of year parties, creating volunteer gifts, and preparing student mementos are also on the agenda.
Each year, I promise myself the time to Stop and Savor the memories. Savor the days of listening to long stories and funny episodes. Savor the proud displays of new shoes, outfits, and haircuts. Savor important events like loosing a tooth. Savor the many, many personal connections to the stories we've read and shared.
What I most want to savor are the achievements; the reading growth, the writing progress, and the increased confidence in math skills. Mostly, I want to savor the memories...of a wonderful, curious, enthusiastic, and spirited group of kids...a classroom family that I will miss saying, "Good Morning" to each day.