August 24, 2011

Welcome back to school!

We have had a wonderful first few days in the elementary school and we’re looking forward to welcoming all of our preschoolers next week.  My goal is to know all of our elementary students’ names by Friday morning.  Big test coming up!

At our first Gathering on Monday, I shared one of my favorite poems from childhood, A.A. Milne’s Forgiven about a beetle called Alexander who escapes from a matchbox.  I loved spending part of recess that same day with a group of Beth Huennekens’ first graders as we looked for beetles together.  I gave them a matchbox and they couldn't wait to find a new resident for it. Children were looking under rocks, in the sandbox, and in the bark of trees.  They came running to find me when they found a real live beetle on the wall outside the 3rd grade classroom.  Alas, this one also got away.

I had to smile the next day when a parent reported that her child had come home after school and announced that we had been looking for miniature beagles out on the playground. Snoopy watch out, Friends’ School first graders are looking for you!

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