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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


Oh shapes.  We’ve been really trying to master our shape identification, especially the harder ones – Rhombus, Trapezoid, and Hexagon.  Most kids get the good old Circle, Triangle, Square, Oval, and Rectangle, but the other three are just plain hard.  In order to meet the end of year benchmark for shape identification, they need at least two out of those three.  Ugh. So, we’ve been working at it.  We practice.. Read More


Last week I received the Luna camera from Learning Resources.  I wasn’t sure to make of this document camera… it is billed as easy enough for anyone to use – even children.  Coming off of Spring Break, I let it sit in the box for most of the week.  Finally on Friday, while the kids were at Library, I broke open the box and decided to set it up. According to the.. Read More


One of the things I love about teaching is that anything can be a teachable moment… opportunities arise all the time and sometimes the unplanned ones are the more powerful. Today, after Will read the Morning Message – he asked for a challenge.  This has become a ritual for many kids.  They ask us to challenge them, and we come up with someway to make them work just a little.. Read More

Lava, Lego, Linebacker.

Oh the life of a kindergarten teacher.  The randomness with which life flies at you is sometimes unbelievable.  Here are three events (all starting with the letter L) that happened to me today. Lava lamp – Henry walked in and came over to tell me he had a special yellow light in his backpack.  Low and behold, there was a lava lamp in his backback.  Yes, a lava lamp. Made.. Read More


Today was the first day back for my sprouts after a whopping twelve days (Spring Break and screening) off.  You never really know what to expect after any amount of time off, so I just try to be prepared and pray for the best. Of course we had a lovely day together, filled with lots of ‘I missed you hugs’ and even a few gorgeous dandelion gifts after recess.  Seriously, I don’t.. Read More


Today at bus time, I had the rare opportunity walk the hallways… as our last day of screening ended, I was a captain without a ship – no students to call my own as their Spring Break had been extended a few days so we could screen.  In any event, I wandered over to the Art room where Mrs. H., a second grade teacher was waiting with her class for.. Read More


Well, here’s the thing about kindergarten screening… you do the same thing ALL DAY LONG.  In my case, for two days.  Now I understand this is a necessary evil, but I became a kindergarten teacher so I wouldn’t have to do the same thing all day long… it just doesn’t mesh well with my personality. I am administering the Motor Section of the test, which means I get to throw,.. Read More


Tomorrow I go back after Spring Break… I won’t be seeing any of my sprouts though.  This year, my district has extended our kindergartners break by two days so we can screen our new friends for the fall.  What does that mean for me?  I get to hang out with a bunch of four-year-olds for the next two days. We’re also using a new screening tool (Something called the DIAL).. Read More

Thank you.

A friend of mine shared this lovely video with me today and now I’d like to share it with you. Thank you for all you do.


Still on vacation… I had a lovely conversation with my grandpa this week… he’s now almost ninety-four.  I’m going to see him in the next few weeks and I can’t wait.  After our chat, I remembered this post from my first year.  I love sharing the wisdom of my family with my students.  They always appreciate it… or maybe their just surprised I have a life outside of school. Penny… Read More