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June 25, 2009

Transitioning to Next Year

I always find that saying goodbye to my students at the end of the year is bittersweet.  While it is exciting to see how much they've grown and learned throughout the year, it is also sad to say goodbye to our classroom community.  We become our own little family throughout the school year, and it is difficult to leave that behind!
Fortunately, next year, most of my students will be together in the same pre-k class.  They will be surrounded by familiar faces on the first day of school, and will continue to develop and solidify their friendships with familiar peers.  Additionally, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with their future teacher.  We discussed all of my goals and plans from the year, what my students learned in relation to those goals, and what types of goals would be ambitious and feasible for them to achieve in their second year of pre-k. 
Armed with this information, their new teacher will be better able to plan her classroom to meet the individual needs of each student.  She will be able to build on what they have already learned, and continue to foster their social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development. 
So while I am sad to say goodbye to my students, I am reassured to know that they will be in a a supportive classroom tailored to their needs as individuals and a group. I can hardly wait to see what they will accomplish during the upcoming school year!


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