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Wednesday, October 04, 2006
School Days
A few weeks ago, my neice started going to "big girl school." Gracelyn enrolled in a pre-K program and she's having a great time so far. She's even taken money to buy a hot lunch at school a few times now. (They grow up so fast!)

Her school is off this week for fall break (and I feel like curmedgeon for saying "Back in my day we didn't get no week long fall break."). My sister and brother-in-law went to the first parent/teacher conference for Gracelyn. And the news couldn't be any better.

It just confirmed what Uncle Michael already knew--that Gracelyn is the smartest kid in her class. She is doing very well in school, is eager to learn and is ahead of the curve. The good news is that she has a teacher who knows this and will keep challenging her for the rest of the year. Good habits should be reinforced early.

Uncle Michael is extremely proud and glad that he can find yet another reason to brag on his favorite niece.

I have to admit I was thinking about school a bit this weekend, working with Hands on Nashville. I felt like an NBA player being in the elementary school--so very tall. Walking through the hallways and seeing all of the various art projects and displays on the walls outside each classroom was a treat. And then working in some classrooms and seeing storage areas of the desks. Which desk is neatly organize and which one looks like the stuff was shoved in recklessly in the desire to get out to recess and start up a good game of kick-ball.

One thing that struck me as funny. Outside one classroom were maps the students had created. As I skimmed them, I saw some of various houses, neighborhoods and then, one of the gym. The one of the gym just cracked me up for some reason.

One classroom I worked in had the names of all the kids on it with a line. Those above the line were obeying the rules and keeping in line, while there were three below. I can only assume they did something wrong. It brought back memories of school when I wanted to make sure I behaved and stayed above the line as it were, for fear they'd report my transgressions on the news.

OK, maybe not the national news, but surely the local news...

And don't get me started on my fear of having a note sent home...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/04/2006 10:34:00 AM | |
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