Our quote this week comes from Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the “Little House” books.
“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and we are better throughout the year because we become a child again at Christmastime.”
I started our conversation by passing around several pictures of myself at Christmas as a child. The students really loved these pics. And yes, they asked what was wrong with the pictures. They said the pictures had an orange tint to them that was ugly! They just don’t understand. Everything in the late 70’s and early 80’s was orange!
I went on to tell them about some of my favorite Christmas memories. I told them how my sister and I would bargain with each other every Christmas Eve night. We couldn’t get out of our beds until Christmas morning and we had to promise to get the other one up before we went to the living room to see the Christmas tree. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I confessed to my sister that I always got up and took a flashlight to see what was left under the tree for us. I just couldn’t help it. LOL!
Even though this quote speaks to adults on remembering back to their childhood, I personally feel that even my 4th graders can relate to this. I asked them to tell me about Christmases from the past. Their eyes gleamed and they became excited! I paused and reminded them that those emotions are just what Laura Ingalls Wilder meant in her quote.
The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be tough on an elementary teacher. I choose to slow down and really enjoy this time with my students. We all have different life experiences and just from our few minute discussion today, I can already tell the kids have stories to tell.
Mrs. Wilder was a very smart lady. For ten minutes today, as my students watched Mr. Sniffles, I saw a sense of awe in their eyes. They laughed, pointed, and for a split moment became childlike. They were not bickering with one another. Their hearts just simply grew "tender."
My cup runneth over!
Enjoy the video below. I hope you enjoy "Bedtime for Sniffles" as much as my sis and I did growing up!
Until next week,