Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


One of the big Thanksgiving projects we do is making a placemat to bring home. The children color a turkey picture, write about what they are thankful for, and do some patterning on the placemat. It takes several days to complete and then the final product is laminated. It’s quite impressive when complete and it’s a nice keepsake. One afternoon, while working on the turkey color by number page, Michael.. Read More


One of the most popular centers is Read the Room. A group of sprouts take pointers (we’ve got some really FUN ones too, try offering Pokémon pointers to kindergartners and see how fast they jump to read) and read letters, names, words, numbers, whatever around the room. Today during centers, as I walked by a group of girls reading, I overheard the following: “Ok, you’re Mrs. D. and I’m Mr… Read More

The Pilgrim’s Ship.

This week kicked off our study of the Pilgrims and Native Americans. I truly adore Thanksgiving… mainly the reflection of gratefulness, but also learning how the Native people welcomed the Pilgrims and taught them how to live and survive in this strange new land. Each day, our goal for the class is small, but meaningful. Today, I wanted my sprouts to understand why the Pilgrims set out for a new.. Read More

Turkey Time!

On Friday afternoon, with two days of rain and no outside recess, we were feeling a little desperate. Five-year-olds need to move, groove, and get some of their pent up energy out. In a last ditch effort, I found Turkey Time on YouTube. On the spot, Mrs. D. and I made up a dance to go along with it. Turkey Time, Turkey Time – make the sign for turkey (the.. Read More


Yesterday, as we gathered on the carpet to close our day, Connie excused herself to use the bathroom. As the group began to settle down and, in turn, quiet down, it became quite clear that Connie was giving a full out performance in the bathroom. I’ve heard sprouts humming and singing quietly to themselves in there, but this was different. She was on a stage and trying to reach the.. Read More

Old MacDonald.

At bus time, the topic of Toy Story 3 came up… again. This movie has just come out on DVD and it always seems to pop up at bus time. It doesn’t help that one little sprout has a Buzz Lightyear backpack. I love the Toy Story franchise, so I’m always game for a little Woody, Buzz, and Jessie chat. “Hey, Mr. A. did you know there are Toy Story.. Read More


We are lucky enough to have a third grade class come down once a week and read to us. Now because the teacher of this third grade class, I’ll call her Mrs. F., is one of the most amazing, creative, powerful teachers I’ve ever observed, known, and worked with (she’s beautiful too!), last week, she sent Mrs. D. and I an email. Would we like her to work with her.. Read More


A few times a week, we are lucky enough to split our sprouts into two groups for specials. The first group we keep needs some extra help with letter identification and sounds and so we do interventions and activities to help support their needs. Today, during our time together, I was feeling a little tired. It was nothing to do with school, it was just one of those days. I.. Read More


Today while washing hands, I overheard (and was subsequently sucked into) and interesting conversation. Billy came up to me and reported, “Mr. A., Charlie pushed me.” Before I even opened my mouth to reply, Charlie interjected, “No I didn’t, No I didn’t, No I didn’t do a thing!” Now I’d seen the push, so at this point, I was fishing for the facts. “Charlie, remember how important being honest is,.. Read More


After recess today, Martin walked in and I became alarmed. He appeared to have either dried blood or mud all over his face. Not just a smattering here and there, I mean his face was covered… After he put his coat away, I called him over. “Martin, are you alright?” I inquired. “Uh-huh,” he replied. “Martin, what’s all over your face buddy? Did you get hurt?” I asked. He looked.. Read More