“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius
Often times at the end of the day when parents pick up and ask how their child’s day was I beam that we had a great, wonderful, or beautiful day – because we had. But then when they look for more details, I fall short.
Do you remember getting home from school, being asked what you did that day, and having nothing to say? It’s sort of like that.
This day was a particularly wonderful day but when it came to writing what we did in our daily journal – I came up blank. We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, it was all rather ordinary. We didn’t take a field trip, we didn’t learn anything earth shattering, we didn’t do anything related to project work – we just played, and we played well.
C and P got into a conflict and I kept waiting for the moment where I may need to step in, and as C declared, “I disagree with you!” I realized that moment wasn’t going to come.
P told S to stop talking and S said, “You’re not in charge of my body.” In which P immediately realized she chose the wrong words and said, “I didn’t mean to tell you what to do with your body, I just meant that I wasn’t doing what you were saying I was and I wanted you to stop saying that.”
F wanted to put his car in water and the only place to do so was a vase full of flowers. When he asked me if that was okay, he was more than happy to be re-directed to the task of filling up a sensory table. He emptied the sand out of it, and then he and four other children spent a good 30 minutes walking back and forth with cups and pitchers of water. They spent the next 30 minutes adding soap, color, and animals to transform it into the ocean…and then a swamp when they added too many colors and it turned brown.
“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” – Moshe dayan
We took out every single one of our yoga mats, and then borrowed more from the toddler classrooms to help us make one giant yoga mat. When C took her shoes off she found a block to put them in and encouraged others to do the same, “You don’t want to lose them so put them somewhere safe.”
This is my favorite part of the year. It always has been. While there are many memes this time of the year describing teachers as burnt out, students as pushing limits, and parents as scared the year is ending – I am marveling at how far our classroom has come from August. I am sad the year is dwindling, families are planning their early departures, and that my time with these wonderful children will soon be over. This is the time where I am shown the fruits of our year long labor, and inspired to start all over again in August.
So no, nothing out of the ordinary happened today. And it was wonderful.