|Oliver works with Ava and Folu...I remember back when he was the kindergartner!|
I particularly loved seeing children, now in second grade, being the big buddy to a kindergartner - when just two years ago it was THEM getting the special attention and help as the little guy in Anita's room.
Today, for our "Buddy Time", I told the story of the four pencils. As I showed each pencil, I told the children that I knew people just like these pencils. The first one was unsharpened and had no eraser. After we talked about that, I said that the people I knew that were like this pencil were "do-nothings". Lazy, non-energetic people who just let others do all the work. The second one had erasers on both ends! I said that these type of people were quite like the first - they did nothing because they were so afraid of making a mistake that they wouldn't even try! The third pencil was sharpened at both ends. These people never, ever admitted to making a mistake. They think they can do anything. But of course, the DO make mistakes, as all people do, but they just can't own up to it, and therefore can't fix it. The last pencil had a sharp tip and a big eraser. The children all said, "That's the best! - That's who WE want to be!" This type of person tries hard, even if a task is new or scary. If they make a mistake, no worries! They can try to fix it and go on!
After the story, each child got buddied up and we decorated pencil boxes together. Then each child got a special pencil along with an eraser of their choice for the end.
Here is to a year of trying hard and making mistakes - and trying again.