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Second Week of School

I'm continuing to count those everyday blessings as I link up with Ann of A Holy Experience.

We just completed our second week of school.  A few tears continued to flow from a few of the little three year children.  But when mommies and daddies learn to leave quickly or drop their child off at the gate, it really helps. It's hard to say goodbye but the kids do so much better.  And they actually have lots of fun at school!

Stacking cups can be such fun!  The kids love it.  And when each fourth grader teamed up with a three year old child ... it only got better.

Of course, there's always someone who wants to build a high tower.  People never change, do they?

#133  The smiles of children learning new skills

#134  Watching older children work with the little ones

#135  The sounds of excitement as they learned to stack their cups and build towers

The children each have a cubby with their name on it.  When they complete an assignment, they are asked to place it in their cubby.
Little Maya would ask me each time "is this my cubby?"  I would ask her to look for her name and she would point to it.  Finally she felt confident and placed her item in her cubby all by herself.

#136  Seeing the delight as children learn to do things for themselves

I never realized how many details need to be taught.  Teaching in a three year old class was new to me as this is only my second year.  But things like how to hold a crayon or a pencil is something that needs to be learned.

The children are learning their colors.  They are also learning concepts like "on, over and under".

The youngest child in our class is named Raja.  I had been helping him to correctly hold his pencil.  He  called out to me "Miss Debbie, is this right?"  And it was right!

#137  Seeing the evidence of children learning important skills

#138  Seeing little hands as they explore and learn so quickly

#139  The blessing of working another school year with Heidi

Heidi and I work so well together.  It can be very tiring to work with little children all day.  But having a friend who is an encouragement and support makes it so much better.  And she is such a good teacher.  The children are fortunate to have her.

Despite having a cold and sinus problems all week, I can still count many blessings.  How about you?  Are you looking for those everyday blessings?

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Your job sounds wonderful. I will be teaching 1st grade this year. I taught it 15 years ago. We start on Tuesday.

  2. I know I have said it before but these kids are so blessed to have you for a teacher. With a 2, 4, and 6yr old grandchildren I know the importance and what a difference a caring Christian teacher can make in their lives....

    So bless you for all your do for these kids....

  3. It is amazing to look at all of their accomplishments in two weeks! It can be very tiring and so very rewarding working with small children. And I love working with you, too, Debbie- you are AWESOME!!!

  4. What a great job! I love to sit with Susanna and hear her talk about colors, letters or count. Your work is so rewarding! Happy and healthy school year to you, Debbie!

  5. I will be that momma this week leaving 8 little and a few big ones at the school door for the first time. I know to simply hug and walk away. I know there will be tears and yet it is the best thing for all of us!

    I love you so!!!!!! Praising God with you for the little details in life that fill us with such joy!

  6. I learn so much from you, Debbie, as you share about teaching children. I am still one too...

    Blessings to you, my friend.

  7. It's such a joy to invest in the lives of children. I am privileged to teah a 2-5 class at my church. It can be overwhelming at times, with 8 boys and just 2 girls, on average, but I love seeing them learn. These children are so blessed to have you!

  8. Always love reading the thankful posts. The kids are darling, I know. After Christmas is when I usually saw a really big "maturity" boost. Those first weeks are always interesting. Your picture journals will help you remember their growth.

  9. What a delightful class you have; it is so heartwarming to read about your joy in teaching these children. They are blessed to have such a thankful and cheerful teacher and mentor! :)

    I hope you are feeling much better and enjoy a joyous week! :)


  10. Those are such sweet pictures Debbie! Children are so precious and what a blessing to have a Christian teacher sowing into each of these little lives!

    I pray you feel better!


  11. Hugs, hugs, hugs...I have been so inspired by your journey and wonder if that is where God will have me soon...teaching little ones.

    Blessings!!!! Miss Debbie

  12. Enjoyed reading the blessings! It looks like such a fun, engaging classroom. Hope you all have a fun and educational year together :) Praying for you!

  13. Debbie - Glad you are back with your little ones. You are such a blessing to them.

    Hope this is the beginning of a wonderful year for you.

    And I hope you are feeling better.
    Blessings to you - Marsha

  14. Oh so sweet are the excitement, smiles and joy of little ones as they have success in their accomplishments.

    Your school year looks like it is off to a wonderful start :o)

    I LOVE working and being around little ones...love to hear what they have to say..love to see what they are able to do.

    Blessings & Aloha!


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