Yep, that's me.... not exactly a "school picture", but it's the closest thing I had on my computer to share with you today for the Homeschool Village's linkup. I think I was close to Kinergarten age in this picture. Today people are writing about their favorite teacher and sharing old photos. When I was younger I was definitely a clown... I had a good sense of humor and used it in school - by that I mean I was always in trouble for talking or some other dumb infraction. I think it took a special teacher to let me know it was ok to be a clown, but I had to learn to control it and use it appropriately!
My favorite teacher was my third and fourth grade teacher - yes, I had the same teacher for two years. I have so many fond memories of those two years, and I know I have beautiful cursive because of those two years, as well. After growing up to become I teacher, I know how difficult it is to be engaging, positive, and challenging each day you come to school. Everything that I remember about Mrs. Munz was all of those things. When I started to homeschool I made cursive a priority - and I know that was because of my experience in third grade learned to write.
What's interesting is that I can remember many good things, but I can also remember how she challenged me (I was quite talkative and not so nice to some of the other girls in my class). Here's a rundown of what I remember about my favorite teacher:
- She had "Super Kids" each week - if you had been super (she kept track with a clipboard and points) you got a certificate at the end of the week.
- She taught us how to WRITE! I still have storybooks I wrote in her class, and she even had an author (Bee Lewis) work with us. It was a special honor to open the door for Miss Lewis when she came to work with our class.
- She let my mother know when I wasn't behaving, and my mother and father followed through! I learned that year that chatting was ok, but you had to know when to stop.
- We were always doing some kind of fun project in her class. My mom was there helping most days which made me feel so special.
- We put on a dental hygiene play in the fourth grade. I was Fanny Floss. That still makes me laugh!