Me: …..And after story time, it will be time to go home.
Various students: Yay!!!
Me: Oh, really? I think it’s kind of sad. I miss you guys when you aren’t here.
Various students: (silent, puzzling this over)
Me: I love it when we are all here together.
Student 1: Yeah, I love school.
Student 2: I love school, too!
Student 3: I miss you when I’m not at school.
Me: I love school, too. That’s why I decided to become a teacher. I get to come to school and be with you guys every day, and it’s great!
Students 4, 5, and 6: I love school, too!
Student 7: Yay, it’s time for school!
Student 8: I love you, Mrs. X.
See? Total triumph.