Category Archives: kindergarten

(Please Don’t) just sit down and shut up.

“In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.” …read the rest of the story here.

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A Balanced Diet is a Cookie in Each Hand. ~ Barbara Johnson

Eating lunch with our kindergarten class is the highlight of my day. 26 lively conversationalist all sharing 26 different stories, usually at the same time with the same high-pitched, I-can-talk-louder-than-you-can cafeteria voice. Their voices cover a variety of tones and questions: 1.”Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs. … Continue reading

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What would they do if the teacher didn’t show up??

A classic ‘How To’ book for teachers, The First Days of School, is the book I refer to as my classroom compass. The author, Harry Wong, stresses the value in teaching and modeling routines and procedures from day one (and day two, and day … Continue reading

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Classroom Life B.C.C. (Before Common Core)

I was in 4th grade when I was assigned my first male teacher, who shall remain nameless, Mr Northwood.  It wasn’t my best year; I earned a “D” in science and I credited him for the unfair grade. He was … Continue reading

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The building blocks of today.

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We Have no Mittens.

It’s a snow day in upstate NY; I’m still I my jammies. The Today show, Pinterest, and FB keep me company this morning. Yes, I enjoy this bonus day at home. Yes, I miss those 5-yr old coworkers…   especially on a cold winter morning. … Continue reading

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Don’t Drink the Kool-aid. Don’t Eat the Cupcake.

Teacher rule #1.  Do not eat the birthday cupcakes. Teacher rule #2.  There are some days when an exception to that rule must be made. Today was that day. Picture it >>>> Kindergarten; circa 3:15 on a Friday afternoon after a week of indoor … Continue reading

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And the Fury | Misadventures of a Modern Mommy

And the Fury | Misadventures of a Modern Mommy.

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It’s because of you.

“If kids come to us [educators/teachers] from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” – Barbara Colorose

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Please Dont Help My Kids – Alameda, CA Patch

“Children need to be challenged and pushed, not to the point where they give up but to the point where they think, “Wow, look at me go!” – Robert John Meehan   Related articles Please Don’t Help My Kids – … Continue reading

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