Friday, July 16, 2010

Camping Trip in 4th Grade

At the end of 3rd grade my teacher recommeded I be placed in the gifted program for 4th grade. I was beyond excited. My 4th grade teacher would be Mrs. Atkins who only taught 4th grade gifted and everyone in the school knew about her. The rumor was she was BEYOND awesome and her class would be nothing but fun. And I could not wait to see.

Being in 4th grade was definately different than all the other grades. First of all, I started to develop REAL friendships with the girls in my class. I think that was probably the year everyone's maturity level went up one. My whole class was very close, boys included. I can honestly say I loved all the kids in it and everyone got along.

But the best part of all was Mrs. Atkins. She had a booming personality. She was fun, stern and loving all at the same time. She taught us to respect each other and respect ourselves. And best of all? At the end of the school year she took all of us camping. That's right, she took the whole class of students on a camping trip. The campground we stayed at had cabins. Boys in one and girls in the other. The bunk bed were triple high and I slept in the middle one. We went out on the lake in canoes and did arts and crafts. It was so fun to be in the cabin with all my friends at night. And of course playing tricks on the girls who fell asleep first.

I am taking part in a 15 week series hosted by Mommy's Piggy Tales to record memories from our youth. To see more or join in yourself- click on over!


Lindsay said...

Sounds like an awesome school year! I was in the gifted program at school growing up and I have such fun memories of it as well!

Janna said...

Wow, I think some teachers really are angels in disguise. Friendships are so important.

Thank you for taking the time to share that you are enjoying the project. It means a lot b/c I really do want it to be enjoyable:) I enjoy getting to know all of you and reading your stories as well.

Denise said...

It is amazing how much kids change around that age. The camping trip sounds like a lot of fun.