The first day of school almost always means new shoes. Often it means new haircuts and backpacks, too. But, if nothing else, the shoes are almost always new.
Today, I saw enough new shoes to fill a shoe store. No, not a shoe store, a shoe WAREHOUSE.
Really, there were just that many new shoes.
The great part was that those new shoes were on feet belonging to a whole bunch of kids. I am back to spending my day with kids and it is lovely. Of course, I love the days of summer with my boy, but I never mind the start of a new school year. The boy has to go to school, too, and it’s time for me to get back to one of the things I do best: help kids learn.
This week, I am taking a break from the Reading Lab to help in a kindergarten classroom. The first week of kindergarten is always challenging and the teachers need all the help they can get. There are really no words to describe how glad I am to be in this kindergarten classroom. This is the age group I was with for many years before working in the Reading Lab. I feel like I am home.
And kindergarteners? Are freakin’ hilarious! You can never be sad for long in a room full of five year olds.
After snack/recess, the kids were back on the rug for a story. It was probably five minutes before the teacher stopped reading suddenly and told a small girl, “Please go put your apples away.”
There was this girl, holding a not-so-small container (guess her mom thought she could possibly starve before 2 p.m.) on her lap, just munching away on her apples. Because that seemed like a good idea to her.
It’s great to be five.
I’ll head back tomorrow, ready to laugh some more.
The shoes might have a few scuffs, but they’ll still be worn by my favorite kind of people: kids.