Tag Archives: Kindergarten

If you must pick your nose, please do it in the bathroom …and then wash (both) hands.

I’m a kindergarten teacher. I’m in one classroom alll day long with 23 5yr-olds.  Here’s the common core math on that:  46 hands + 230 fingers = lots of soap and water. Read as, “I know how to support and … Continue reading

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(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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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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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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My Job is Simple.

My job is simple. I work Monday through Friday. September – June. No nights. No weekends. No holidays. My job is simple. I teach kindergarten.  I work with five-year olds. Ask them what my job is…they will tell you: “It’s … Continue reading

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No, I won’t meet you halfway.

As a kindergarten teacher, (click here), I spend 180 days a year teaching the curriculum to five-year olds.  I spend the better part of those 180 days teaching the really important stuff; the stuff beyond reading, writing, and math.   I … Continue reading

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Learning is Mandated.

It’s one of my favorite quotes.  It’s a reminder to prioritize.  The value of keeping first things first. Being an educator today, there are many priorities to value, both in and out of the classroom. What counts in the classroom … Continue reading

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Keep your Rose-Colored Glasses on; They will help you see Clearly.

I teach 5 year olds.  They teach me so much more. The life lessons learned in kindergarten really do stick, (hopefully as much as the old school days of thick white paste that we once had the time to use). <pause … Continue reading

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