My advanced Year 6 class is my highlight of the week. There are 7 children in it: Petina, Sinalei, Victoria, Philip, Malele, Risati, and Jacinta. Their English is at a level that I can have candid conversations with them about things more than “What did you eat for lunch?”. This term, we’ve been reading “The Iron Giant”, the book that the subsequent movie was based on. It’s only about 60 pages so an easy read over 10 weeks. Every week the kids have been getting more and more sucked into the story till this week where we’re on the second to last chapter and when I announced that we’d be finishing up next week, they all groaned and begged to continue. It was so genuine that I felt an instant surge of gratitude to these kids. This was their first chapter book ever and they were eating it up. Today we were working on questions for the chapter and one involved a Space Dragon (omitted from the movie) and somehow we got on to the topic of space and planets and galaxies. Their minds were utterly blown. They knew about the planets in our galaxy but wouldn’t believe me when I said most of the stars in the night sky have planets as well. Then I went on about a news article I had read that said people were sending a space ship to Mars next year and that it’d take years to get there. Ohhh my gosh well then the conversation really got going! The book questions were forgotten and they went on and on about different questions about the universe including once we die and go to Heaven, if we’d be able to look down on Pluto (sure…?). These kids are a blast to work with and I’ll miss not working with them next year as they move on to Year 7.