The Start of a New Year at School – Part 1

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Here is an excellent post, the beginning of a series, from the extraordinary teacher, Jennie!

A Teacher's Reflections

When children come to school next week, they will be greeted at the front entrance by this hand painted dove.  I can’t imagine anything more welcoming for children than walking across this threshold to start their day at school.

This Peace Dove goes way back, and was painted by Janine, then a parent in my class – the same parent who drew children’s ideas for the Peace Quilt.  As years have passed, she has repainted the Peace Dove whenever needed.  See, parents hang on long after their child has left school, much like children do.

Janine is an artist, and her daughters were in my class.  It’s surprising (in the best of ways) how art can play such a huge role in school.  I only have three art posters in the classroom; a sun by Eric Carle, a Grandma Moses painting, and Starry Night.  That’s it.  Janine’s daughter, Juliet, always…

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2 thoughts on “The Start of a New Year at School – Part 1

  1. selizabryangmailcom

    She’s dedicated. Like so many teachers. I remember crying and not wanting to go into the first grade. A few days later I was fine, especially when it was reading time or recess, lol

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