Sunday, March 24, 2019

Seven Months Later (24/31)

24 of 31 - SOLSC 2019

Perched on the edge of a chair in the elementary office (to use the printer that will print two sided) I hear, "Good morning, Mrs. Lonheim!" I look up to see a kindergartener's beaming smile as they pass by. We each wave and continue on with our day, knowing we will see one another in the afternoon. Seven months can make a humongous difference in the life of a child, I think to myself.

Yesterday I was the speaker for a professional group called Teachers of Young Children (TOYC). I titled my presentation, "Nurturing Young Thinkers". One video we looked at was two preschoolers who, at the start of the year, were in physical altercations with one another. The video then progresses, with text across the top that reads, "7 Months Later". The students are shown working together to problem solve; communicating with words and finding a way towards inclusion.

School started seven months ago. I have seen so much growth in this particular child - socially, behaviorally, and academically. If the first seven months of school produce this much growth, I can't even imagine the journey that a lifetime of learning will take this child on.


  1. It's amazing how much they change within the year.

  2. I remember what happens in 7 months to 8th graders, especially the boys... wow. Hold one to your hats...

  3. It is amazing to see how much they chnage throughout the school year. I teach Kindergarten and I love watching them grow!

  4. Speaking of growth... we are celebrating a grandchild's birthday today, and it's so hard to believe he is officially a teenager. Amazing the growth, as you wrote "socially, behaviorally, and academically" and I add physically, too.

  5. So true. They’re like different people in 7 months. So love that you’re highlighting the journey - where often people see only a stagnant view of a child.