Tuesday, May 28, 2013

School's Out for Summer!

My school year has ended!
 This year I worked as a teaching assistant in Early Childhood at my kids' school district. Before I had my three children, I taught third grade and a third/fourth grade multiage for six years. Last year I worked in kindergarten, and this year in the three and four year old classroom. I had never taught children this young (besides my own of course), so the first few weeks were a learning experience. Of course I grew to love teaching this age group very much. It's so amazing to see the students grow throughout the school year. And of course they are absolutely adorable!
Here are some of the fun projects from the classroom this spring!

Ocean Fun!

Feed the Shark!
(I made this for choice time.)

Tonight my own 8th grader graduates, and I will be teary. I'm so proud of him. He's excelled in school as well as in athletics, and he's such a funny, responsible kid. My younger two have school until Friday so I hope I get some writing and extra projects done before my home is absolute(wonderful) summertime chaos!

Have a great week, everyone! What are you looking forward to this summer?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to your eighth grader! Now, prepare to enjoy your summer.

DEZMOND said...

congrats on your son's success, he seems like such a nice kid!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats to your son. And awesome you're off for the summer. I wish I was.

miss mooty said...

Kelly! Happy summer vacation to you and yours!! I too was fortunate enough to work as an educator while my (now grown with munchkins of their own) daughters were in school. (I was an aide/substitute teacher and asst.librarian) One of THE VERY BEST perks was that when they were off I was off! How cool is that? It sounds like you are enjoying these special years with them...THEY GO BY SOOOOOO QUICKLY!! YAY for SUMMER BREAK!!!

LTM said...

oh my gosh, we just finished 5th grade, and I was pretty low. I can't even imagine what 8th will be like! :P

Hey! I love that shark w/the view inside! TOO CUTE!

Ahh, summertime! enjoy~ <3 <3

Kelly Polark said...

Thank you, Alex! I can't believe I have a high schooler!
Dezz- Thank you! He is such a responsible, wonderful young man!
Natalie- Thanks! Definitely a perk working in a school district!
Miss Mooty - That may be the greatest perk of all!
LTM - Yes, I cried at the ceremony. Cliché, but time really does fly!

SA Larsenッ said...

Well, it appears you did a wonderful job! Congrats to your students for moving ahead. Enjoy your summer! Think BEACH.

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, Kelly. Congratulations to the new graduate!!
Enjoy your summer. I'm still getting used to these new hours I'm working - 7 am to 6 pm. It makes for a long day, but at least I don't have to get up at 3 am anymore. This summer we'll be at the big Paso Robles fair to see Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls. Can't wait for that. I haven't seen a show in a while. How about you? You're always seeing good shows. Got any lined up?


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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The school year went fast. Looks like you're having a high schooler next year.
I remember when my kids were the age of yours. I never seemed to get any writing done in the summer but those were fun times.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, high school next for you son.

My kids still have another month left of school. Perfect for me to get some work done. Fortunately mine at old enough so that I can spend the mornings writing when they're off, and then the afternoons can be spent with them.

Cherie Colyer said...

Oh, I do get jealous of teachers this time of year. **sigh** I love the ocean wall, and congrats to your 8th grader!

Marcia said...

Congratulations to your 8th grader. Enjoy the time that's opening up!

Nora MacFarlane said...

I just finished teaching 3rd grade for the year. I'm heading to 4th with them next year - should be fun! Congrats to your 8th grader. It goes by fast, doesn't it?

Bish Denham said...

High school! A whole new adventure. I'm looking forward to each new day being a blessing!

Lydia Kang said...

Not surprised he turned out well, with such a great mom!