“there is nothing wrong with loving the crap out of everything.
negative people find their walls.
so never apologize for your enthusiasm.
may you all live like this forever. and ever. and ever.
love, your teacher
(who lives like this too)
i’m ready for you, kinder!
art credit: gary larson, the far side
i will never forget
it was a friday
show and tell time
sitting on the floor
they took turns going around our circle
each child sharing their special thing
other children kindly looking at it
showing appreciation for what the others shared
then we came to n
who clearly had forgotten to bring something
yet said “i have something too”
he proudly walked around the circle
both hands together
gently cradling a single crumb
that he had picked up off our floor
showing each child
talking about his crumb
as the others
were all so kind
smiling at his crumb
complimenting him on his crumb
accepting the crumb as his special thing
without judging his crumb
my favorite show and tell special thing of all time.
“the wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.”
the kinder came
“this is the short and long of it.”
– william shakespeare
first day of school – september 2020
“never have more children than you have car windows.”
spent time in my classroom
doing some pre-planning with my team
and saw how thorough
our summer cleaning crew had been.
i especially loved the note they left on the chairs:
they did not merely say
but instead they kicked it up a notch to an ’11’
the ‘disinfected’ level
for the kinders’ chairs.
i can certainly appreciate that.
“growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”
-pearl s. buck
children and the young at heart
are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty
in honor of International Mud Day.
a man is getting old when he walks around a puddle instead of through it. ~R.C. Ferguson
image credits: letthechildrenplay.com, firefliesandmudpuppies,g2goutside.org