|The birthday cake I made myself last year. |
Three layers of chocolately goodness,
with two coffee buttercream layers,
covered in ganache.
Well, yes, there's that.
But that's not what I was thinking of this time. (except I sort of am, now...)
What feeds my soul is Environmental Club.
I do this club in my own free time, for no pay. It's my choice.
And the activities we do are my choice,
not tied to standards or state tests.
The students who are are in the club are there by choice.
It's a multi-age group, my favorite age group:
4th and 5th graders (some returning members).
We like each other in a way that assessing and grading
will never taint.
Last week and this, we wrote poetry
inspired by the photos I've taken of the club and our activities
so far this year.
For the next month or so, we will focus on birds
as we work up to
The Great Backyard Bird Count.
Then it will be almost March, and time to plan for our garden.
You might think that I'd come home exhausted
after a full day of teaching
and then yet another hour with children
(more children than I have in my homeroom).
I come home jazzed up and happy.
My soul runneth over.
Thank goodness for Environmental Club.