It’s a tough challenge, being in the classroom with 20 six year-olds. Oh it’s glorious, to be sure, but the task of keeping them challenged, learning and engaged is not an easy one.
I try very hard to keep all of our important educational standards embedded in most of what we do, but I always try to remember how old they are, and that things are sometimes easier to learn when using a “spoonful of sugar.”
And some days, I’m just disausted.
Today for our Café Literacy stations, I was using an engaging (or so I thought) story about a boy named “The Black Tooth Pirate”. We read the story and talked about the events of the book. I then pulled out the conveniently attached after-reading assignment.
The children were supposed to complete a story map of the book. This was not complicated, but a bit time consuming.
Max was not pleased.
“Mrs. Smythe, I’ve decided that this really is NOT a fun activity! What is it, anyways?”
“It’s called learning. Now, get to work and try to enjoy it.”
(It can’t all be glitter and unicorns.)