Remember the Reason - Post #2

Friday was the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for my Shining Superstars. This week was filled with packing, playing, paperwork, parties, hugs, a few tears but a lot of laughter.  Here's a short list of what worked for me this week:

1.  Pinterest / bloggers - Thanks for all of the great ideas.  My favorite new idea was from Stephanie's blog Falling Into First. Her ice-cream sandwich sundaes were a HUGE hit with the kids and the teachers. I will never scoop another bowl of ice-cream in school again.


2. My friends - Thank you all for helping me get through this stressful week where my CRAZY, CRAZY procrastination almost caught up with me.

3.  Remembering the reason - My favorite part of the week is when I took the time to remember the reason why I teach.  Every year on the last day while the kids are watching a movie, I pull each student up one at a time to give them the one-on-one attention that they need. First, I open their gift for me. I like to do this away from the other students so that I don't hurt anyone's feeling who might not have gotten me a present. Then I tell each child what makes them special and why I will miss them.  When I'm done talking, I give them one of my extra special "sqwishy hugs" - the kind that let's them know I love them.  I know it sounds kind of sappy but the smile on a child's face while I am telling them what makes them special, is one of the reasons why I teach.

I hope that during this crazy time you had a chance to remember the reason.


  1. Mmm, love the ice cream sandwich idea!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  2. I'm so glad you and your kids loved the ice cream sandwich sundaes and I hope you saved one for yourself!! Happy start of Summer Vacation!

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  3. Hiiiiii!!! I knew I saw your blog on mine!! Great to meet you today! :)

    Kindergarten Smiles

  4. I love those sandwiches; they look soooo yummy!! I so wish I could have made the Florida meet up... next time for sure!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  5. I love the Remembering the Reason. Sometimes at the end of the year that gets a bit lost. Yummy ice cream sandwiches! I'm a new follower!

    Strive to Sparkle

  6. Love the ice cream sandwich sundae idea...I'll have to remember that! I hate scooping for parties, too, so I always just use the little ice cream cups - add whipped cream, hot fudge, and spinkles to the top for an instant sundae!

    Teaching Maddeness

  7. I love your Remember the Reason. It is easy to lose focus at times because of all the other "stuff" that is piled on our plates. Those little hearts are the reason why we teach. =)

    Heather's Heart


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