OUR DAY-THROUGH THE EYES OF A LOWER ELEMENTARY STUDENT

Dear Diary,

Today was the first day at my new school. It was totally awesome! As soon as my mommy dropped me off, and I entered the classroom, my teacher shouted, “Welcome to the Rocky Reservoir!” The very first thought that sprung into my mind was, “What in the world is a reservoir??” Me being my curious and determined self, I had to ask. It turns out that the rest of the class was wondering the same thing. You’ll never guess what we all decided to do next! We made our own reservoir! As a team, we made little fishies out of paper mache to put in the clear, sparkly water. My fish was the cutest. It was blue with a white nose and lots of beautiful black stripes along both sides of its body. After we were done with that, our teacher asked us what else we thought went in a reservoir. My new friend, Destiny, shouted excitedly, “Rocks and stones!” “And sand,” Bradley added in. So we all went to the playground and tried to find all the rocks and sand we could. After a while, it was time for us all to go to lunch. I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to keep making our reservoir, but my teacher promised we could continue when we came back to the classroom.

Once I got to lunch, my friends and I couldn’t stop thinking about reservoirs. We scarfed down our food as fast as humanly possible so that we could continue our day. Trust me, I tried to enjoy my time with my friends at lunch….I promise, but I couldn’t stop thinking about what we learned in class today. “What types of animals live in reservoirs?” I thought to myself. “What kinds of plants create the fascinating landscape surrounding this body of water?” Finally, I heard the words I had been waiting for, “Come on everyone,” my teacher whispered. “It’s time to go to the playground.”

I ran outside, and the playground immediately caught my attention! I saw a beautiful area full of plants and flowers, with bright colored butterflies flitting from branch to branch. On the other side was full of even more butterflies. My teacher said I could go see them, and one landed on my hand, then my nose! “Are there butterflies around reservoirs?” I asked. My teacher told me that it depends on the type of plants that are growing on the banks, and showed me some of the ones that butterflies really love. Since I am always full of questions, I asked “What are their names”. This opened up a whole new world, because guess what? My teacher said we could research more plants and help design the rest of the butterfly area starting tomorrow. I was so excited that I almost forgot it was time to go in. The next day couldn’t get here soon enough.

After that, we went into the neatest room. We were told this was a studio that was called an atelier. This teacher was super nice too. We told her all about the reservoir that we are making and what we learned today. She thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to paint our own reservoir! Mine was pretty good, but I think my friend, Chelsea’s, painting was the best. The water was crystal clear. She had a bright, golden sun on the corner of the page, lighting up the entire paper. The plants were so pretty! There was a bed of bright yellow and violet flowers on the bank of her reservoir. The whole experience was a blast!

After we used our imaginations in the atelier, it was time to take a trip to our school’s library. It wasn’t like any other normal library where we weren’t allowed to talk and we had to look at a book or listen to a story at all times. Some of us played in the indoor rock garden! It made me think I was playing on a nice, sunny beach with shells everywhere. My new friend, Hannah, decided that she wanted to sit near the atrium and watch the natural light filter in on her book while she read. I walked over to see what she was doing. You’ll never guess what kind of book she had! It had a picture of a beautiful reservoir right on the cover. She told me that she wanted to write a story about a reservoir, so she went and tried to find some more pictures of one. I asked my teacher to read me that book. The book began talking about all the neat different types of plants and animals that lived in its environment. I kept saying, “Keep reading! Keep reading!”

After a while, I started to get sad. I looked at the clock and noticed it was time to go home, but our teacher promised we could pick up where we left off tomorrow. Although I was disappointed that we had to leave, I was beyond excited to tell my family about my day. And I was excited to tell you about my day too, Diary. I can promise you one thing. I will never have to ask what a rocky reservoir is ever again because I will never forget. I can’t wait to see what Journey I will go on tomorrow.