Friday, December 7, 2018

I was given a snake

Today at school one of my kindergarten students walked up to me and handed me this:

I smiled and thanked her but truly had no idea what it was supposed to be. I said something like, "Wow, this is really colorful. Thank you so much!" My best guess was that it was some sort of bookmark that she'd made.  My para was standing with me while all this was happening and agreed with me that this was a lovely gift. Here's a close-up of the gift:

She grinned at me and in one breath said, "It's a snake. I drew it. I can draw you one too Mrs. McReynolds." Then she paused and showed us a drawing book that she'd checked out from our library. She plopped it down on the circulation desk and said, "Here. Point to what you want." 

My para and I just looked at each other trying not to laugh, but touched at how sweet this student was and her determination to make sure Mrs. McReynolds didn't feel left out. After a few moments of the student flipping pages and asking if that's what she wanted, we finally all agreed that the student should surprise us and make the whole thing more fun. 

The kindergartner agreed and skipped back to class. Even though I had no clue what this was, it reminded me of a few things...
  • Students of all ages like to make things. Make sure you have lots of activity and how-to books available at all reading levels. And that everyone knows how to find them.
  • Even the littlest of the littles are full of personality and will keep you on your toes
  • Students show their love and appreciation by doing things like giving you a snake
Have you ever received an unidentifiable or strange gift from a student? Share your story!

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