At the end of school, we made memory books for the whole class, with a picture and a sentence about why they liked that person. The kids made one for me too, and here were some of the things they wrote to me:
Helyn: When she takes us to recess.
Juanes: Because she takes care of me and she loves me.
Mia B: I like Miss Julie because she is pretty.
Molly: She helps when we're sad.
Daniel: I like when she reads me stories.
Thomas:Miss Julie tells me my work.
Arianna L.: She helps when we need snack.
Catalina: Miss Julie helps us to do the swings.
Mateo: Miss Julie likes me.
Arianna S.: She brings the snack when we eat snack.
Sebastian: She comes with us to lunch.
David: She works with me.
Mia T.: Miss Julie hugs me.
So that was last year. This year, I am doing something a little different - getting me back in my field of special ed. I help coordinate a preventive and remedial education program for the kinder classes. We screen kids for strengths and weaknesses in reading readiness areas, and then I get to work with the kids at-risk to help improve their reading readiness skills. So far I am enjoying being able to work with these kindergarteners one on one - and I no longer have to do lunch duty!
The girls are enjoying being back in school too. Michaela is in 2nd grade and it seems like to me they are already doing so many harder things than in 1st grade! I can't believe how big she has gotten - and am loving the time we have reading together every night. Eliana is taking kindergarten by storm - already a fluent reader, and playing so well with so many of her little friends from last year (her best friends are little boys!). Jana has started preschool and has a wonderful teacher with 2 red-heads of her own. Jana has already decided which little boy in her class she wants to marry :)
I pray every day for wisdom as I mold not only the lives of my children, but also reach the lives of so many others. I took great comfort from this verse in my study of James the other day. "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt."