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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Yaa..Well...There's Always Mashed Potatoes.


I was excited to help in my granddaughter's first grade class recently. She has a great teacher, but I still thought about telling her to go home and let me take over. I do miss the daily interaction with young children. I really wished I lived closer because one particular boy instantly bonded to me. When I found out he was a struggling reader, I really wanted to be there every day to help.
My granddaughter, along with her sister and brother came to stay for the weekend. I was cooking an early Thanksgiving for my family and the kids stayed at my house to 'help.' After two days of cooking we sat down last Sunday to the feast. My granddaughter wasn't impressed by all the fancy dishes, but she was happy because at least, there were mashed potatoes. Like playing with the gift box at Christmas, sometimes the simpler things are better.

8 Comments:

At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Cecilia Wheelwright said...

Sometimes the simpler things really are better. Thank goodness we have children to remind us of these important concepts. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 
At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Tina Bigman said...

I agree. I've always believed that the simpler things were always better, especially when it comes to cooking. It is amazing how our children can come to have more interest in the wrapper more than they have in the toy itself.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Tiffany Holgate said...

I've really enjoyed being in 2 of your courses over the last 2 semesters. I like hearing the stories of personal experiences that you've had as a teacher. I can really tell how much you miss being in the classroom. I'm sure you're just as great in the classroom with young children as you are with college students.

Children always amaze me. You can go all out with something that you planned for a long time on and they still will just enjoy the simplest part of it that we as adults don't really understand. I work in a preschool/daycare with children ages 2-5 and I love when they find the simple joys out of something as simple as tissue paper or a leaf. Even though sometimes I leave work still on a preschool level (talking to others the way I do with the children), I always leave happier than I was when I got there because they remind you of the simple things that bring us joy.
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At 3:52 PM, Blogger JTB said...

I have to agree with your idea of going back to teaching full-time. I can tell by the simple interaction that we have had in class that you would be a phenomenal instructor for little children. I also believe that Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. We as Americans are so blessed and have much to be thankful for.

I hope that your weekend was as good as mine.

See you tomorrow.
Tod Bunker

TL 1010- Section 2

 
At 7:35 AM, Blogger Nate White said...

I always enjoyed having a new teacher come in and help. In elementary, the student is kind of stuck with the same teacher the whole time. It gives the student a chance to interact with someone who may benefit them more then their own teacher. As I have taken your class this semester, I have noticed that you put yourself on the same level as the student. You don't make it seem as though you are better or know more than the student, but that you are their to really help.

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger Nate White said...

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At 8:08 PM, Anonymous Becca said...

Well I sent my comment in email form instead still. Hope you had a great thanksgiving.. Rebecca B 4330

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Devin Tucker- TL1010 said...

I agree with your granddaughter! I have never really been into big, elaborate dinners. I'm more of a mac-n-cheese, hamburger, grilled cheese girl. However, Thanksgiving is one exception to that rule!

 

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