Happy end of summer! I hope all of you found time to rejuvenate yourselves while enjoying the fun and sun. We are all so busy, relaxation seems to be hard to find and with the beginning of school just around the corner we seem to be busier than ever.
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” That’s exactly how I felt as a little girl waiting for the new school year to start.
As an elementary school student, I always loved the weeks before school started. My mother would sew my sisters and me each a new dress (no shorts for the girls back in those days!). We would go to Mr. Ohler’s shoe store and pick out new “school” shoes. We only had two choices: burgundy Mary Janes or black and white saddle oxfords. No light up tennis shoes or bubble gum pink Converse sneakers for us!
While shopping for new clothes was fun, most of all I loved going to Woolworth’s to purchase new school supplies. I loved new school supplies. The anticipation of writing in a clean, never-used-before composition notebook was almost more than I could stand. I treasured the new pack of crayons— no broken points! I would pack and repack my book satchel in anticipation of the first day of school. It was like Christmas Eve in early September each year.
As early childhood educators, a huge part of teaching is to instill in young children a love for learning that might help inspire them to become lifelong learners. I hope that all of you are able to ignite the anticipation and excitement that a new year brings to the students in your life, whether they are preschoolers, college students, or fall somewhere in between.
Cheers to boxes of new crayons and a room full of little faces eager to learn!