I loved Second Grade. I went to a small Christian school, where every year you had the same 14 kids in your class. By Second Grade, you knew them all and for the most part thankfully, were friends with them all. I also loved my Second Grade teacher. She was fun and made learning fun. She also got married mid-year and our whole class was invited to sing at her wedding, so that was a pretty fun memory too.
I write this, because I think there must be something a bit magical about that Second Grade year. Both of our kids have absolutely loved Second Grade as well. Christian always refers to it as his most favorite and most fun year. And in a lovely turn of events, Ellee has adored this past year in Second Grade as well.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting Ellee’s class. Let me preface that with saying I have always wanted to know what our kids do for those six and a half hours that they are at school. How do they do, learning and interacting with their classmates and teachers as they learn their various subjects? What friends do they hang out with? And what do they do at recess? Granted, as parents we always ask about these things, but to see them in real life was always something I thought would be so cool.
Since I knew Ellee’s teacher Mrs. Kramer really well, I asked if it might be possible for me to come and visit. With my photography skills, I told her I would love to take pictures and make a fun video of the kids for their end of the year party. So you can imagine how excited I was, when she got it approved and then invited me to come into her classroom for the morning.
I absolutely loved watching our daughter work hard in her class. School is not always easy for our sweet girl. She has to work extra hard but watching her, I could not have been prouder.
It was also very fun to see many of Ellee’s sweet Second Grade friends. Many of them are kids that she has known since Preschool. Ellee’s teacher has told me multiple times that she has the nicest class this year, and being there for the morning, it was evident that that is quite true.
After spending a morning with Ellee’s class, let me just say that these days, Second Grade is hard. The expectations are so much higher and the content more involved and complicated. But the kids all did a great job, working hard and getting things done.
That being said, one of the highlights of the morning was watching the kids play at recess. Because as important as school work is, I think that play for children is equally as important. I loved that many of Ellee’s classmates had so much fun playing together and when I looked around, it seemed like everyone had someone and something to do.
After recess, I spent a bit more time watching the kids learn and interact. All in all, it was a fantastic morning.
And finally, to give credit where credit is due, much of the reason that our kids have loved Second Grade is totally thanks to this beautiful woman. Mrs. Kramer is the most wonderful teacher ever. She has a fun way of teaching and all of the kids absolutely love her. She is caring and compassionate and all of the wonderful things that you would hope your child’s teacher would be. It has been an absolute honor to have her teach both of our children, and I know that I will forever be grateful to her and all of her hard work.
Second Grade was pretty amazing this year. It’s sad to think that it’s almost over. However, I know that the things that each child learned this year, will definitely stick with and impact them for many, many years to come. A huge thanks to Mrs. Kramer and her wonderful Second Grade class for such fantastic memories!