We had a sad loss at the school last week, and the teachers and students have all been hit hard. There was a need for parents and community members to get involved. I (along with others) have been helping out in some of the classes. I've worked with kindergarteners, 2nd graders, 3rd graders, and 4th graders. Jesse's wonderful teacher has been letting Abigail tag along so that I am free to be in classrooms, and she loves it. It's been so many years since I've worked in the classroom. It's been challenging, but I've also loved it. I have been surprised and relieved, since I never taught the lower elementary grades, to conclude, "Wow, I really do love being around kids" (I mean in addition to my own, of course). I was a camp counselor with middle elementary aged students in college and I ran an elementary after-school program for one year after teaching, but (contrary to what I expected) I actually think that having kids of my own has made me connect more with these young kids. I would have guessed that I didn't have energy to deal with other people's young children at this point in my life, but I guess God just gave me the energy to do it, and it's been a great experience for me. It makes me realize that I might be more ready to get back into the education/work world sooner than I thought.
I wanted to give some explanation for why I haven't been blogging and why I probably won't be for some time. Got to go, have some volume, area, and perimeter tests to look at . . . :)