Patience

Last week I had the privilege to sub in a kindergarten classroom.  I walked into my school, thinking my day was going to go one way and within a minute, the principal asked me, “Wanna sub in kindergarten?” And without missing a beat, I was, once again, teacher to little people. Now there’s something different when it’s not ‘your’ class and the kids don’t know how you do things. I told.. Read More

Cavers.

My PreK friends inspire me SO much.  I love their unabashed energy and verve.  I love my PreK teachers love for kids – they love those little peanuts to the moon and back and you can tell.  On Friday afternoon, I walked into one of my PreK classrooms and saw something new, the beginnings of a cave… As they get ready to begin their study of nocturnal animals, the teacher.. Read More

It’s August… Smile!

Oh August, you’re like a bad horror movie with your scary music and strings, sneaking up on us with your sledgehammer/chainsaw/machette/(insert obscene weapon of choice here).  It would seem I blinked and July was here and gone.  Another blink and August is in full swing – even my post about August took over a week of the month to happen.  I’ve heard it said that August is the Sunday night.. Read More

Progressives.

  For the last few years, my eye doctor has been warning me, ‘You’re getting very close to needing reading glasses…’ Now I already wear glasses, so in my mind, all I could think was – BIFOCALS.  Each year, during my annual eye exam, he would heed the warning, I’d brush my hand away at him in denial, and life went on. Well this year, after having some issues with my.. Read More

Giggles.

In one of my schools this week I’ve been helping out with kindergarten screening.  I’ve been administering a phonological awareness assessment that is short and the kids mostly think we’re playing some word games. One of the subtests asks me to say two syllable words in parts and have the child put the word together.  The directions read: I’m going to say a word in a funny way, listen, pen… cil.  Now.. Read More

Free Lunch

Lately, there have been some comments, jokes, and other shenanigans going around about the idea of ‘free lunch’ in schools.  I’m going to refrain from referencing specific political figures, but I am going to write a little about the idea of ‘free lunch’ in schools.  In my experience, hungry children are no laughing matter. As we all know, there are many diverse student populations.  While many of us are lucky enough.. Read More

Hug-ology

I’ve written about hugs many times before.  Too many to count really, but in my new position, working with K-5 teachers, I’ve recently discovered the amazing stuff that is ‘the 4th-grade hug’. After being out for a few weeks for a medical issue and the Thanksgiving holiday, I returned to my K-5 school and many kids were delighted to see me and welcome me back.  As I was chatting with.. Read More

Hello!

This morning I received a sweet message from a follower on my Facebook page.  This lovely lady reached out to make sure I was doing ok.  She mentioned how often I used to post and how infrequently I now post, and wanted to make sure all was good.  So, here I am, feeling a tad guilty about my lack of posting and hoping to restart, even if with less frequency… Read More