Valentine's day was the best I think I have ever had! Now, let's just say this was the first Valentine's day in about 7 years I haven't had a man in my life. Lonely, you may think? WRONG. Little did I know, 25 kiddos meant more to me than any of those other Valentines have! I got so many goodies from them! Chocolates, flowers, and my FAVORITE thing in the world... hand written cards. Some of my favorites include the "I love you's" "You're the best teacher" "You are so pretty" "You are smart" "You mean so much to me". They just make me feel so good about myself! I mean any insecurities I may have had are gone now after being around elementary kids. I'll say it for the 10,000 time, these kids are the sweetest group of children ever! We had a party at the end of the day with every food and sweet possible. Parents came and the kids played "hearts" bingo! Too much fun for one day! My highlight of the day was when a parent came up to me and said, "You're Ms. Shell, right? The student teacher?" After talking with her for awhile she then said, "My son comes home from school and likes to talk in a british accent. I'm not sure why he does it all the time!" Perfect. The child is just like me. How did she know? Now call me crazy, but I will raise my child to speak in a british accent. I am slightly obsessed. My friends and I are always talking in crazy british accents! It just so proper and british kids are so stinkin' adorable!! haha! Anywho... she then informed me that last week her son came home and said in his british accent, "MUMMY! MUMMY! Have I told you Ms. Shell is quite the cutie?" I lost it. Any composure I was trying to keep...gone! I was laughing myself to tears. I thought it was precious! Later in the week, I said something to the student in a british accent and he looked at me like, she KNOWS! Best Valentine's day ever. I will keep my lego, princess, mad lib, and all other character valentine's cards forever.
Now Friday was my last day in third grade. I knew I was going to be sad leaving but little did I know it would be as sad as it was! I certainly didn't prepare myself for what happened. All day the kids would give me hugs and express how sad they were that I was leaving. I reminded them that I am just moving to the other mile long hall (our school's hallways are a workout) to 6th grade! I wasn't leaving forever! It was still sad knowing I wouldn't seem them everyday. So, the day was going fabulously as usual and then came Math Enrichment (the last part of the day). The teacher brought in a huge cupcake cake:
How cute is that?! For those of you who don't know, that character is Big Red. He is Western Kentucky's mascot! I love it!!
Then the teacher got a huge bag out from her little storage area above the kids lockers. I was not expecting this at all! So she hands me the bag and I open the card first. A sweet card with all the kids signatures and a gift card to Target. Seriously?! If this wasn't enough I then have to continue to open the gifts. Next, is when I loose it. Now, this is the part I was telling you I didn't prepare for. This is what I see:
They wrote me a book! Well, water works are flowing at this point and I have to turn my back to the class. I didn't want them to see me cry!!! But, I am a very sensitive person, especially when it comes to homemade stuff like this. They each wrote a page and drew a picture. Well, Ms. Shell could NOT read the book at school. This was something that required my pjs, a
Of course I didn't come empty handed! I also got my teacher and kids something. Instead of going too into detail about them I got her a cup with her initial on it, thirty-one bag, a little hanging thing (forgot to take a picture but it said 2 teach is 2 touch hearts 4 ever with the 2+2=4 thingy) and I made her a crayon wreath. Those of you who are interested in how to make it can click HERE. I got the idea off Pinterest. Her class is "Richardson's Rockstars"...
I also made the kiddos goodie bags with pencils, erasers, bookmarks, candy, and a little number game::
So if round one of tears wasn't enough, here comes more! I had to work bus duty. So, right before I had to head outside, the teacher had the students come up and tell me goodbye and give me one last hug. As tables were coming up, kids were hugging me and not letting go! But, we had to move on quickly. Finally, the last table comes up. One little girl squeezes me so tight and I hear a sniffle. I look down and she is bawling! I mean hysterically crying her little eyes out! Then another student cries. So of course I loose it, then the teacher looses it! We're all crying! You would've seriously thought I was gone forever and no one would see me again! It was awful!But, this whole thing just made me realize how much I meant to those kids and there is nothing more in the world I could ask for than to make an imprint on a child's heart. It was the greatest feeling yet so devastating leaving such a wonderful group of kids. How rewarding to know that I impacted those kids? I mean THIS is why I am being a teacher. I am blessed beyond belief! God is SO good!
I also started my TPT store. Which at this time only has ONE item. My goal is to get more up before the weekend is over. We'll see! I hope you enjoyed reading my novel. Told you it was lengthy! Have a FABULOUS rest of the weekend!
Till' next time!