I hate that summer vacation is almost over, but part of me is glad to get back into the classroom. I definitely need structure in my life and I love watching my students change and grow throughout the year. To some people the changes may not seem all that large, but every step a student makes towards independence and self determination is a huge milestone in my book
I am starting to get together my list of supplies for the parents of my students. I usually ask for paper towels (you know the kind that actually absorb:), tissues and diaper wipes, both for bums and faces. This year, I am also going to ask for an 8 pack of large sized crayons, a 4 pack of play doh and a self inking stamp with the child's name on it. The last item may seem a little strange, but I would like even students who cannot write their name to be able to lay claim to their work. I think pride is a good thing when you have accomplished something. I also think that the more they see their name in print, the better.