My teaching staff is made up of some of the most incredible and talented women I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I am in awe of them...truly. Over the past seven years they have made their classes completely their own. Every one of them have talents and attributes that they share with their students. Today in the 3-year old classroom something incredible happened...
Ms. Nancy has a little guy in her class who, in the past 6 months has made incredible strides. She affectionately calls him "Monk." For those of you who know this very funny TV show, you know Mr. Monk is only slightly obsessive-compulsive (ha ha!). At the beginning of the school year, this little guy's mom
This week is "Ss" week -- everything Ss! To encourage proper cutting skills, the 3-year old class was cutting snakes. You remember, right? Holding a piece of paper with your left hand and cutting a spiral shape with scissors in your right hand (or vice versa). And then sticking googly-eyes on the Silly Snake...totally fun and cute! Well, "Monk" finished his spiral cutting and then proceeded to cut snips all around his snake. Listen to this...he told his teachers that he was making a "soft snake" (the fringe he was cutting around his snake was fur). He was so proud and happy with his snake, and I just wanted to grab him and hug him, but that would have just pushed him over the edge, so I "high fived" him instead.
It still blows me away...he made that connection -- he thought about what he wanted and acted upon it, all the while pulling from what he had learned during the week. Nancy gives all the credit to him, and yes of course, children do grow and mature, but not without gentle guidance, teaching, love, and a whole lot of patience from dedicated teachers and parents.