The apple basket photo is a close-up of a picture in my home (by Mark Stuart).
What I've Learned... about first-graders
byJanet Sobczyk 2012 ⓒ
- They arrive as kindergarteners and leave as almost-second-graders. Big changes in one year!
- They argue over crayons and markers. Daily.
- They tattle incessantly.
- They are heart-broken when someone tattles on them.
- They pick scabs, lose teeth, and get skinned knees, so they'll need Band-aids and ice packs and tissues and hugs.
- They get tired and hungry and frustrated.
- They have great achievements and great failures. Often moments apart.
- They need to learn to tie their shoes, which takes time and patience. Once mastered, they will want to help others who haven't learned yet.
- Those who haven't learned to tie shoes can come up with elaborate ways to twist and knot and tuck the laces into shoes so they look tied.
- Those who aren't creative with laces don't notice when their shoes are untied.
- They love stickers and smiles and high fives.
- They love to be helpers and first in line.
- They love school and their teachers and will give their artwork freely as gifts.
- They make teachers smile and laugh and feel needed.
- They can also make teachers thank God when it's Friday.