Last Day of School

The last day of school is always bitter sweet.
I have seen these children for 180 days (plus or minus a few). We have laughed, cried, been frustrated, celebrated, every emotion you can think of, we've had it in our classroom.

I'm going to be honest. :)
This year has been a rough one for me. It's been the first I have actively looked for another job. It's the first I have not wanted to go into school. Don't get me wrong, I love these children, but haven't you ever had a year when all the children together have not meshed the right way? You think to yourself, how on earth did they think that these children should be together? Well, that was my year.

So, now what? I say goodbye to these babies that came in the first day all "doe eyed" and innocent. They have all grown tremendously. It is amazing to see the results. They come in to first grade, some of them reading, some of them not, and all of them come out reading at higher levels than they ever thought they could. Their math skills are out of this world. From counting on their fingers to 10 to adding numbers to 120 in their heads. Don't get me wrong, all of them are not doing it and it is not just me. I have to thank the amazing staff that I work with. If not for them, I would have left.

So, thanks for a year where we have all grown. I am looking back on this year with sincere gratitude. We cannot learn without trying new things.

I have said it before, I thank all of you bloggers that have had a positive influence on me. It's all of you who have aided in me not going over to the "dark side".

Here's to summer vacation, renewing my spirit, and recharging.

PS. I found this frog in my pool yesterday!!! This about sums up my year!  Survival!

Have a wonderful day!

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