Extended School Year.
Today’s the day! 🙂
After a two week break, they’re back!
I’m again working with most of my “friends” from the past school year.
For many developmental students change is difficult. Whether it be in the form of transitions or breaking routines.
For many the knowledge and routines that they learned during the school year will be lost or forgotten over the break of summer.
ESY offers a transition to that.
It provides practice to maintain previously acquired or learned skills.
And it offers me another opportunity to work with my three and four year old “friends”. ♡
And make new ones.
I look forward to working with a new crew of staff for the summer. But will miss the comradery of the old one. Those I have grown familiar with the past school year.
Just like the students in our classroom, I am faced with change. How I handle that change makes all the difference in the world. I can embrace it, and welcome the new friendships and styles of teaching I am exposed to. Or I can stay in the past. Wanting the old way. The old staff. The familiar way of doing things.
As much as I, too, may not always love it, I thank God for constantly placing change in my life. For offering me the wisdom to grow from it. For offering me the understanding to see it for what it truly is. Not a stumbling block, but an avenue to broaden my horizons. Learn new things. Be exposed to new ways.
I want to always be flexible to go where God leads me. Even though it may feel foreign sometimes. I know it will always teach me something. About others. About myself. About God’s infinite wisdom.
Change is inevitable. As each of you go about your daily business, think about those out there that change is not always easy for. Be a little more patient with them. Offer ways to help their transitions run a little more smoothly. And thank God for constantly changing each of us. To be more Christ like. To be wiser. To be better.
Learning is not just for our ESY friends. It is a life long journey that each of us embark on the moment we take our first breath until we take our last. Let’s all make the best of it. Be the very best we can be. It’s a two way street. At one time or another, we all learn, we all teach.
I pray that this year’s ESY offers a auccessful learning experience for all our friends. But, more importantly, I pray that it reaches much deeper than that. I pray that each of these little lives will continue to grow in the wisdom and knowledge and understanding that God has planned out for each of them throughout their entire lives. Not just June 6th through 30th at JWE.
Happy summer! 🙂
or wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,
Love and laughter,