Summer vacation is over and we spent time over the weekend preparing for today. My girls are prepared to meet their new teachers; my eldest eager to begin high school. I am ready to greet a new batch of students and make them feel at ease in their first year of French Immersion in kindergarten.
The sun is still shining as we transition into the new school year; the air is still warm. The start of school signals that Fall will soon be on its way but, in the meantime, school yards will echo with the voices of children as they play in short sleeves.
What signs do you experience that show the change of seasons?
Yesterday I attended a workshop for educators on Wildlife Education given by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. We spent a lot of time outside exploring activities that we could do outside with the children we teach. From the playground, we saw the school building – which is an old house that has been renovated and extended for its new purpose. When I saw the following, I knew I had to take the photo in black and white to see what it would look like. I share with you the picture that I created on my Instagram account:
I like that this huge old house is now filled with the sound of children learning. So much better than being pulled down and replaced by a condo.
The days are shortening and this morning there was a slight chill in the air. Summer days are almost over and our daily routines for the rest of the year have begun. We say goodbye to late morning starts, lazy days spent reading, and late dinner hours. We feel rested and sated with free time and “doing a lot of nothing”.
This week school has begun and, with it, the beginning of the new academic year. Alarm clocks ring to wake us up. Some trudge to school, others walk eagerly, and others face their fear of entering into a classroom with a group of strangers. By now first day jitters have been calmed and many are settling into the new school year.
I, too, have begun the new school year in a new classroom, a different school, with an unknown group of children. My spare time will now be spent planning lessons, preparing activities, and catching up on household chores. One thing I will not be able to spend much time on is blogging. Until I have reached the stage where I do not need to work after school hours, I know I will not be able to post everyday or even visit many blogs. I shall miss being able to communicate with many of my readers on a daily basis; but know that I shall post when I can and as often as I can.