Thursday, June 15, 2017

The End.

And in a flash...the end of the school year is here.
It seems like yesterday that I had 35 small 8 year olds sitting before me. But in the blink of an eye...they are grown up nine year olds, ready to move onto fourth grade.
This year was just amazing. This group of kiddos was beyond special. They worked hard. They gave everything their all. They ate up everything I taught them. They thrived. They let me push them in so many ways and they did so with gusto.
Never had I had a group so witty, so sweet, so innocent, and so hilarious. We laughed nearly every second of the day. We truly bonded this year, more so than I have ever bonded with another class. They came to third grade with so much love to give and soaked up every second of love I gave back to them.
Maybe it was the cold spring that we had, but it didn't hit me until last week that it was time to say goodbye and let them fly. I selfishly want to keep them longer, but I know they are ready to go. They have transformed before my eyes and I am so so so proud of them.
We all set big goals for ourselves. This was a year of growth mindsets, new experiences, inside jokes, and the power of yet. I tried new teaching techniques on my willing and able guinea pigs. I think I learned as much as they taught me!
Now, after an amazing year in third grade, it's time for to close the "third grade chapter" of their school career and start a well deserved summer of fun!

   
   
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16 thoughts on the matter:

Handmade in Israel said... {Reply}

What a wonderful post. You are obviously a thoughtful and devoted teacher. That is why the year has rushed by and why you are so attached to your kids. Enjoy the break now!

Tom said... {Reply}

...35 students? oy vey!

Shelbee On The Edge said... {Reply}

We still have one week of school left for our kiddos! And I am not ready to be full time mom again! I don't know how you teachers do it every day, but I can say this...you are appreciated, you are fabulous, and I thank you! I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation!

Shelbee
www.shelbeeontheedge.com

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

Congrats to the class!

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

It's time to enjoy your summer & I'm excited to see what your next class has in store for you! SO FUN!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

This made me teary! I love how you love your kids so much. They are so lucky!

Sherrie said... {Reply}

Hi Tamar,
Sounds you and kids had an awesome school year. Isn't it amazing how fast they "soak" up everything! Have a great day!

Mitzi Rice said... {Reply}

wonderful...wonderful post!

csuhpat1 said... {Reply}

Nice tribute to the kids. And I know that they had a great teacher.

Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

Clairejustine oxox said... {Reply}

Lovely post Tamar. Sounds like it has been a great year. Mine are still at school for another 6 weeks. Thanks for hosting.

jandi said... {Reply}

Aw lovely! Wishing you a beautiful holiday!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said... {Reply}

Enjoy your time off and soon you'll have a new crop of kids.

Ida said... {Reply}

You seem like a fun teacher from your posts. I always love the ones where you share what the kids say..they are hilarious. - I hope you get a new batch of just as great kids come this fall. Have a wonderful summer.

Nicki said... {Reply}

I can only imagine that the end of the school year is bittersweet - so thrilled to see how much they grew over the year and sorry to see them leave. Wonderful memories I'm sure - and I'm betting they taught you a thing or two along the way (as children have a way to do with us adults). Love that first image. Bravo Tamar to another great year.

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

35 students, wow! Do you have a teacher's assistant? So wonderful to read about your class and the learning going on there.

bettyl-NZ said... {Reply}

I can only imagine how you feel when you are shaping their little minds. That's a wonderful thing to do every day!