It's no secret that I absolutely loved my job as a teacher,
even if it was only for a year and not at the best or most organized school.
My students and their growth was what mattered to me.
I think I put more of my heart, soul, and dedication into that one year
with my twenty-two students than I ever had with anything else in my life.
That is, until my beautiful daughter, Emma Claire, was born.
I may only dedicate my heart and soul to one child (soon to be two)
these days, but it is driven by a much stronger force than I ever had in the classroom:
the unconditional love for my own child and the great pride I feel
as I watch her grow, learn, develop, and succeed.
Of course I cared for my students and loved watching them progress
throughout the school year, but nothing compares to sharing in your own child's joy
as they reach another milestone, learn a new skill, and grasp another concept.
The emotions that swell up inside me as I watch Emma discover new things
and say new words is indescribable. As most parents probably do, I think she is absolutely brilliant.
She truly amazes me with her intelligence, her curiosity, her excitement, and her love.
She is my greatest passion and although I may never be a teacher in a classroom again,
because of her I am a teacher every minute of every single day.
My one tiny student was the inspiration and motivation behind the creation of this activity...
I wanted to create something to help Emma start to understand the basic concepts of
up and down, open and closed. I wanted it to be interactive and kid friendly.
I wanted it to be made from basic materials found around the house.
I wanted it to be something that could easily be taken in the car or on a plane.
I wanted it to be colorful and to contain items that she could recognize.
I think I accomplished all of these things with the following items:
- file folders
Emma can open and close the door
and move the kite up and down.
Up and closed
I really wanted white or tan velcro,
but of course black was all there was at the PX.
I will just have to live with the big ugly black patches.
Down and open
Down and open
Here's Emma checking it out for the first time.
I plan on making a whole series of these, all of which focus on different concepts.
I think we are going to have a lot of fun with these.