What a great way to end summer, wouldn't you agree? Now it is Labor Day weekend and I have been in the classroom several days setting up and out in the community making home visits to my students. This is something new for some Seattle teachers; we are being paid for 25 hours of home visits and we are to make as many as possible before school starts. I have made 11 which is a very good record I think. I have greatly enjoyed the home visits; it is so revealing to see kids in their home setting and it gives parents truly one on one time to talk with the teacher. I think a lot of my kindergarteners are going to adjust to the first day more easily because of these visits.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.