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  • Farm.Today was our field trip to a local farm. We’ve been studying farms and this was the culmination of our unit. What a day! 7:00 – Mrs. Douglass arrives and we discuss how the impending doom (i.e. rainstorm) might effect our field trip. We look...
  • Genius.
    on Oct 4, 2010 in silly team teaching literacy
    Yesterday I wrote about our adjective lesson with pumpkins. One of the sprouts I visited to help with his descriptive word was Billy. As I squatted down next to Billy’s seat, I glanced at his pumpkin… it was a big ol’ mess of a scribbles, so...
  • Risk.
    on Oct 4, 2010 in literacy
    Today we introduced adjectives and as a way to practice the skill, we colored plain white paper pumpkins and then wrote a describing word for each pumpkin. As I walked around, helping each sprout... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi...
  • Kryptonite.
    on Oct 2, 2010 in life lessons
    Every time I turn on the television news lately I’m alerted to the sad state of American public education. Apparently, teachers, administrators, and everyone down to the cafeteria staff are in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...
  • Bonus.
    on Oct 1, 2010 in life lessons math hugs
    Kindergarteners are like sponges. They really do soak up knowledge and experiences like little critters starving for a drink. As my experience with this age group expands, I’m realizing the absorbency of each sprout isn’t the same. Some of the...
  • Speechless.
    on Oct 1, 2010 in silly literacy
    Have you ever had a sprout do something wrong, but the execution was so flawless you had a hard time holding them accountable? Recently during Writing Workshop, Martin gave the performance of a lifetime. During our Writing Workshop, we’ve been ta...
  • Super.
    on Sep 30, 2010 in hugs literacy
    If you’ve been a reader since last year, you’ll certainly remember Sonya. She’s in a first grade room right down the hall from me and makes a point to stop and give me a wave every morning on her way to breakfast. A few days ago, after her wa...
  • Hamburger.
    on Sep 28, 2010 in silly
    We started our farm (and apples and pumpkins) theme this week. There are many awesome books and activities to go with the farm theme, but probably the most exciting (for the kids anyway), has to be our farm center. It’s a basic plastic farm and a...
  • Video.
    on Sep 28, 2010 in life lessons technology
    A few weeks ago, Katie Hellerman, of The Teaching Game website reached out to me about doing a YouTube interview. Yikes. I've never done a video before, so it was a little daunting, but I agreed because, as I tell my sprouts, sometimes you have to...
  • Fan.
    on Sep 27, 2010 in life lessons silly
    Today was a challenging day overall. It was our first real rainy day and we couldn’t go out at all for recess. Even with all the chaos and struggling, David found a way to make me smile all day long. I’m not playing favorites. I promise. But...
  • Teaming.
    on Sep 25, 2010 in team teaching
    Well, about a month into school and my adventure in team teaching with Mrs. Douglass is going better than I could have hoped. The pros far outweigh the cons and with all the talk of education reform in the news lately, I couldn’t help but think th...
  • Kiss.
    on Sep 25, 2010 in hugs
    Yesterday, as I was sitting down saying goodbye to friends (hey, I’m tired by the end of the day and our Rest Stop chair is right there…) Ricky gave me an arms around the neck, won’t let go of me hug. During the hug, I was thinking, wow, this...
  • Aloha.
    on Sep 24, 2010 in life lessons team teaching
    This is going to sound cheeky, but the end of the day is one of my favorite parts of school. Yes, I’m usually quite tired and ready to go home, but that’s not why. I love how Mrs. Douglass and I line up our sprouts and connect with each of them...
  • Vest.
    on Sep 23, 2010 in silly recess
    A few years ago, my school implemented an orange vest for all staff at recess. This lovely attire is supposed to help children find an adult when they need help. I don’t really wear my vest. Children never have a problem finding me. They all...
  • Puppets.
    on Sep 22, 2010 in play magic
    I love puppets. They’re just magical. You slip one on your hand (or hands if you’re feeling really brave) and you can transport your audience to another world. In kindergarten, we use puppets to retell familiar stories as well as make up new o...
  • Cracker.
    on Sep 21, 2010 in life lessons silly literacy
    You may remember my post about David. He is proving to be one of the funniest, sweetest, and cutest kids in class. Mrs. Douglass and I both concur he’s one to wrap up and take home. Today, while Mrs. Douglass was reading, as all the children wer...
  • Crush.
    on Sep 20, 2010 in life lessons hugs
    You may remember Evelyn. She was one of my new sprouts who cried the first few days. Her mother is also the one who reported she ‘doesn't like men’ at our summer open house. Ouch. I think Evelyn has finally gotten over her hatred of my gender...
  • Daily.
    on Sep 19, 2010 in technology parents
    A teacher’s communication with families is critical. Before I taught kindergarten I did what most teachers do, a weekly newsletter. Each Friday, I would send home a summary of our week and include any important upcoming events and reminders. I a...
  • Chippy.
    on Sep 18, 2010 in play back to school magic math
    Yesterday was the tenth day of school for my sprouts. We’ve been tracking the days in school religiously. We write the number and create a number line and we count straws. Unbeknownst to them, when you have ten straws in the ones pocket, you can...
  • Random.Mark the calendar. Today was the day. The random hugs started. Don’t get me wrong, there has been the occasional hug or two here and there, but today, the business of random hugs started in our kindergarten class. What’s a random hug? When y...