Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Happy Dance.

This story, about the moment a child learns to read, is one of my favorites. Kindergarten teachers are truly blessed to experience these moments all the time. As many of you know, I’m using Megan Milani’s amazing The Three Habits of Highly Successful Reading Teachers, so my class this year knows many more sight words than in this story from last year. I still see Chris in the hallways almost.. Read More

Forever Young (or how teaching kindergarten is like an 80’s song).

This one was a favorite. I miss it on the blog, so here it is, reinstated as it should be. Forever Young by Alphaville – Forever young, I want to be forever youngI grew up in the 80’s. I’m a sucker for 80’s music; it’s sad, but true. Lately, as I listen to my massive collection of 80’s tunes, I started thinking, being a kindergarten teacher is a lot like.. Read More

Look at my happy rainbow!

As I continue my vacation, I’m happy to share another story from the vault. This one holds a special place in my heart… it’s how I came up with the name for my blog. The amount of enthusiasm I see on a daily basis constantly amazes me. If you could bottle the enthusiasm in most kindergarteners and sell it, you’d be richer than Oprah, Bill Gates and Donald Trump combined… Read More

Rules.

Last Fall, when my blog was discovered by The Powers That Be, in a frantic frenzy, I deleted all the posts from my first year in kindergarten. This week, as I rest my mind and soul for a week, I’m revisiting some of those old posts. As all good authors do, I’ve revisited and revised some of them. If you’re new to the blog, they’ll be new to you, if.. Read More

Mama Zooms.

One of my favorite times each day is our afternoon read aloud. When everyone returns from our afternoon special, we read a book. Last year I read chapter books. With our large class and split specials twice a week, that has become harder to do. Instead, we read picture books. Unlike the stories we read in the morning that have to do with themes and usually include literacy extension activities,.. Read More

Scolded.

Today, as I was walking to Library to pick my class up, I had a celebrity sighting… you know the kind where you’re the celebrity. It happens often when you teach kindergarten, but this one was special. The entire first grade was walking to the cafeteria and a group of about eight of my sprouts from last year were all together. We have rule in my school… there is no.. Read More

Cans.

Each year our school does a drive for the local food pantry. Like I do with many emails (really, does a kindergarten teacher have time to read email?) I only scanned the message. What I read was, ‘Kindergarten classes are going to collect canned goods. The goal for each kindergarten class is to collect one hundred cans.’ One hundred cans? That’s a lot of cans for a single class, but.. Read More

Boys.

Yesterday, among all my sweet Valentine’s, I received three temporary tattoos. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I decided to apply them all today. Hey, why not? I put them on my forearm before leaving for work and wore a nice sweater that covered them up. Here’s what my sprouts saw: This way, when I pulled the sleeve of my sweater up, I could say, “Kitten,.. Read More

99.

Today, in all the flurry of Valentine’s Day, one child began coughing. He clearly didn’t feel well. As I walked over to him, he looked up at me and said, “I don’t feel good.” I felt his forehead and it seemed warm so I whisked him off to the nurse. She quickly took his temperature and reported to me, “Ninety-nine degrees – he’s all right for now… keep an eye.. Read More

Pink.

Friday, as I walked around the room helping clean up from a project, I overheard Rebecca say, “Michael likes pink!” She said the word ‘pink’ like it was some horrible disease… something so awful it almost shouldn’t be uttered. It seems each year there are children, for whatever reason, that haven’t had the gender stereotypes perpetuated by society smashed. Add one more hat to my ever expanding collection… Gender Stereotype.. Read More