Here in the 2-3's:
As we wind down our semester, the children's working days are full.
Everyone has been stretching academic muscles as essays are organized
and composed on Hudson River topics.
Confidence is tested as the children move from their research articles
into organizing and synthesizing those ideas in their own words. Patience and focus have been tested as this work
stretched over many days. As essays are finished, each child is struck
with relief, then pride and, finally, joy.
My tradition is to do a little dance with each child as he or she writes
that last word in the conclusion. Some kids love the jig. Some kids
take off and run away giggling. Jennifer and I always make sure that
their hard work is marked with a good mix of joy, humor and celebration.
Aaaah, to be with a group of smart, talented, funny and rambunctious kids each day:
that's one of my life's greatest joys.