One of the most beautiful parts of working everyday with kindergarteners is their overwhelming sense of unconditional love. They are curious by nature and prone to short bursts of attention…there is never a dull moment of magic in a kindergarten classroom! One of the wonderful things in our classroom is something called “Star of the Week”. Every week, a child is randomly chosen to be the class “Star”. The “Star of the Week” has the opportunity to be interviewed about all their favorite things, tell about their family and what makes their family so special, sit in a compliment circle in which compliments are given and written down, and a portrait session where their portrait is drawn by every child in the class. All these things are compiled into a book for the child to take home and share with their family.
Much to my surprise by the other classroom teacher, I received the huge blessing of being “Star of the Week”. I can honestly say, it is one of the very best things that has happened to me in my life. You see, we adults can fake it pretty good. We can fake it with our bosses, our friends, neighbors, even to a large degree our spouses or other family members. But day in and day out, you can not fake character with 18 five year olds. They are deeply perceptive and generous with their affection, always believing there is more to give. Being a parent of 4 kids of my own and a teacher, I have found I have more to learn than I ever thought possible and more to give than I ever thought I had.
Here are a few of the portraits that were drawn for me, along with some of the beautiful compliments given by the children. I share this with you in the hopes that the beauty of a child’s heart and mind will touch your soul.
“I like your grown up writing. ” “You are a great teacher and great helper.” “I like how you and Mrs. P are nice to everybody.” “I like your smile.” “You look like a queen.” “You have beautiful eyes.” “I like how you make me do what I am supposed to do.” “I like your boots.” “I love you.” ” I like seeing you with and without earrings.” “I like how you teach everybody.”