Wow – what a day.  Today was our Butterfly Celebration and it went off without a hitch.  The icing on the cake was our first butterfly came out of it’s chrysalis a couple of hours before and we were able to release it as part of the celebration.  Amazing… but that wasn’t the most special part of my day.

As part of our conferences next week, I’m working with each sprout one on one to come up with what they feel is ‘their most important work’ for kindergarten.  We’ve been talking a lot about what that means – not cleaning up or playing, but what really important work means.

This morning, I called them over one at a time to type up their thoughts (as part of the conference, parents will share what they feel the most important work for their child is, as will I).  Most of them talked about reading – which clearly is important.  To really try and dig, I followed up their answers with ‘why is that so important to you?’ and then documented their response.

Most children talked about ‘getting smarter’ or ‘being able to learn’, but Jim’s answer took me aback.  He really caught me off guard – maybe because I know about the struggles he has at home.  When I asked him why he wanted to learn to read, he looked at me, and without missing a beat said, “So I can feel better about myself.”

I was speechless.  It doesn’t happen often.

I pulled him close, looked him in the eyes, and told him, “And you will read and feel so good about yourself.”

Even a butterfly can’t top that.