A lot of today was bleh. At least 4 real temper tantrums. Lots of petty arguing. Grumpy kids and a grumpy teacher. It was a chicken vs egg situation: I couldn’t help my kids de-grump because I was grumpy. I was grumpy because they were grumpy.
All it takes is one moment to make the whole day remembered as much better than most of it actually was.
During writing, I sat with one of my youngest kindergarteners who typically scribbles in writing. At most, she draws shapes on the lines. I knew though that she does in fact know her alphabet and sounds, so I wanted to push her to make use of her own knowledge. I encouraged her to stretch out words, listen for sounds, and write down what she heard. I enthusiastically high fived her over and over again as she wrote letters on her paper.
At our closing circle at the end of the day she shared, “I didn’t know I could write words until today!”
And wa-laa! Like magic, the grumpiness of the day didn’t matter so much anymore [though I still hope for fewer tantrums tomorrow].