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MARCH 21, 2012 3:55PM

Wave.

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Today during Morning Meeting, something quite random happened… I know, random things happen in kindergarten all the time, but this was more random than usual.

While Brian was reading the Morning Message, the door opened, and Lonny, a little boy from last year, poked his head in, s… Read full post »

MARCH 20, 2012 6:01PM

Nurse.

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Today, I was visiting a sprout in the nurse’s office who wasn’t feeling well. ‘Chaotic’ is not a word to throw round lately… the nurse’s office can be a place of pure chaos.  We have a new nurse this year and I’ve really started to grow fond of her. HRead full post »

MARCH 19, 2012 5:25PM

10th Grade.

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Today, as the whistle blew to end recess on an amazingly warm day, Penny came up running behind me and grabbed my hand.  She looked up at me with adoration only a six-year-old can have for her teacher.

“Oh Penny, do you think you’ll come visit me when you’re in first… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2012 9:07AM

Connection.

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Yesterday I read the lovely St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting. After hearing it for the first time a few years ago, it became a favorite of mine.

The story is about Jamie, the youngest in a family of boys, who wants to prove to his brothers he’s… Read full post »

MARCH 15, 2012 5:39PM

Soap Box.

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The Golden Rule… Treat others as you would like to be treated, or something close is pretty basic.

I don’t appreciate tattling just to get another child in trouble.  If someone is in danger, that’s a different cup of tea, but telling on someone just to get them in trouble, o… Read full post »

MARCH 14, 2012 5:58PM

Clover.

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Today, my sprouts learned an invaluable lesson and it was all thanks to Penny.

Mrs. D. was just about to read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover (to be clear, while I appreciate the creativity that goes into these books, this one was really stretching it…).  After a… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2012 7:16PM

Surprise!

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Today was another (oddly) warm and beautiful day.  With a meeting all morning, I was fighting a headache and just happy to be with my sprouts.

As I stood on the playground, looking over the kids playing, suddenly a pile of leaves came over my head.

“Surprise!”

Brian, my… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 6:39PM

Headache.

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Every Monday I have bus duty. Bus duty is not my favorite thing to do at school… let’s just leave it at that.  My duty is in one of the music rooms. I’m lucky because there is a television and I can play a video to keep the cherubs calm why… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2012 9:26AM

Peace.

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Thursdays are always difficult.  We have no special and for some reason the full moon always seems to arrive on Thursday to boot!  By lunchtime, I’m ready for a few quiet minutes eating in the teacher’s room.

Well last Thursday, as I’m sitting eating my peanut butter and je… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 8:03AM

Cups.

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As we head into the Spring, our assessments are showing a few sprouts really struggling with number identification (especially teen numbers) and certain sight words.  After vacation, Mrs. D. came in with a new game – one I’d never seen used in kindergarten, cup stacking.

No… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2012 5:01PM

Sun.

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Spring has sprung.  Well at least for the day… exactly one week ago we had a snow day and over a foot of snow.  Today it was sixty-two degrees!

Naturally, with such amazing weather, one of our playgrounds was closed and the other was really too muddy for kindergartners to navigate.… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2012 5:51PM

Awe.

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This afternoon, about twenty minutes before my lunch was over, I wandered up to see my third grade Reading Buddies.  I did this for two reasons: first, I wanted candy and I know Mrs. F. and Mrs. G. have the best candy drawer, second I just wanted to say hello and… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2012 4:34PM

Shirt twins.

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What is it about two kids wearing the same shirt (or even the same entire outfit) that just tickles kindergartners.  Whenever this happens, both children come running over to point out their shirt twin.  This is what I’ve started calling it – “You’re shirt twins!&#822… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2012 4:23PM

Monday.

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Oh Monday… Today I took my class on a field trip to see the play Seussical… it was an hour long play, which I thought would be just the right amount of time… I fear I was wrong. When the play was over and we were walking to the bus, a… Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2012 9:28AM

Skip.

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Yesterday, when Penny arrived, she didn’t walk in… she skipped in.  I noticed right away, because Penny almost always skips everywhere.  We have a rule about walking to keep us safe, but skipping isn’t really running and she isn’t going super fast, so I usually… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2012 4:29PM

Odd.

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Oh how I love getting email from readers… here’s one recently sent:

Hi there!

I am a first year education student and I too am planning on teaching in a younger year classroom (anywhere from k-5) and am wondering whether you found that being a male in that position has causedRead full post »

MARCH 1, 2012 9:47AM

Snow!

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Yesterday, as I walked out of school, another teacher called out to me:

“Where is your bag of work to do if we have a snow day tomorrow?” She wondered.

Now, to be fair, she is a second grade teacher… I used to teach second grade and it’s hard… also, not… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 5:42PM

Advice.

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Yesterday, I received the following email from a reader:

This is my first year in Kindergarten. I enjoy it. I love helping my little ones learn… I have 3 or 4 that aren’t getting it in ELA. I look at their scores and they seem to be falling more and more behind. ItRead full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2012 5:19PM

Back.

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Of course coming back after a week out is always tough.  When I have a sprout tell me, “I love school, I love you, I missed you” – well that makes it all a little better.

Today, I had to wonder if vacations are meant to make us realize how much… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2012 8:54AM

Winners… and a story.

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Yes, I’m back!  I had an amazing, restful, exciting trip.  One of the most incredible adventures I had was snorkeling in the middle of the ocean on a reef.  I saw some of the most beautiful fish, but the highlight was seeing an elusive sea turtle! I raised my head out of the water… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 7:43AM

3,000!

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Wow, when I started this blog a few years ago, I never thought I’d get so much love online.  Wait, that sounds bad… I remember setting up the facebook page for the blog and thinking, ‘Wow, if only one hundred people followed, that would be pretty cool!’

Soon, one hundr… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2012 5:48PM

Food.

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David is a rotund little fellow who simply adores food.  I’ve never met a kindergartner who loves food as much as David.  He talks about being hungry and eating all the time.  He even writes about food.  To be clear, he isn’t malnourished in any way… quite the opposite.Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 4:46PM

Whirlwind.

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There’s just no other word for Valentine’s Day in kindergarten. Well maybe chaotic… or crazy… or ridiculous… but for me, ‘whirlwind’ just covers it.

From Valentine’s delivery to waiting to open them (I probably heard, “When can we op… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 4:47PM

Supermodel.

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Ok, this is a little silly… just fair warning.

Today was our 100th day of school.  This afternoon, we were making our special necklaces with fruity cereal (the off brand works super). When the first little girl finished her necklace and I had tied it on, I took her hand, walked… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2012 9:16AM

Gravity

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grav·i·ty

1 - dignity or sobriety of bearing : importance significance; especially : seriousness : a serious situation or problem

2 – weight

3 - the gravitational attraction of the mass of the earth, the moon, or a planet for bodies at or near its surface (2) :a fundament

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