Category Archives: kindergarten

advice.

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out walking with the kinders

i come up behind

an unlikely pair

who generally aren’t together,

mid-conversation.

one who is learning to cope

with separating from a twin,

the other who is having a hard time coping

with separating from a best friend.

the only real separation

is that the friend/twin in each case

wants to seek out other friends

and expand their horizons.

one says to the other,

“i know she wants to play with other people

and when she needs to do that,

i just let her go.

i know it’s what she has to do

and then she comes back later.”

the other responds,

“wow. how do you do that?”

she answers,

“it’s just what you do.”

i am amazed by

this four year-old’s insight and advice,

as many adults

still have not mastered this understanding.

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the only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.

it is never of any use to oneself.

– oscar wilde

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“and all the colors i am inside have not been invented yet.” – shel silverstein

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as our year together

comes to an end

sharing

an oval rug

a room

a building

the great outdoors

the community around us

we venture into new territory

making the leap

across snake rock

something new

and not so scary

with big kids

to lead the way

and

teachers

standing by

quietly watching

as

they grow into

their next adventure

with little fear

 with great excitement

and

just a few tears.

“ listen to the mustn’ts, child,
listen to the don’ts.
listen to the shouldn’ts.
the impossibles, the won’ts.
listen to the never haves.
then listen close to me—
anything can happen, child,
anything can be.”

– shel silverstein

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classroom pet. part deux.

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we did not give up

after

our sea monkeys

never hatched

and

did not live

to rule the kingdom

of kindergarten

and now

we’ve welcomed

‘lobo’ the fish

yes, it means wolf

named by

our spanish teacher

whose only pet was a dog

and ‘lobo’

feels like

what a pet means

to her

and to us

and we tried

to make

his new home

look like the ocean

and sparkle like the sea

and say hi to him each day

and feed him when he’s ready

and invite him to nap when we do

and let him hear us singing and playing

and give him clean water when he needs it

and we hope

‘lobo’

is as tough

as a wolf dog

and lives

a happy life

with us

for a long time.

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do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly,

don’t tell them where they know the fish.

– mark twain

the trail of tears.

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it was

a wonderful morning

filled with skating

and sliding

and parents

and teachers

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and tumbles

and laughter

and happy screams

were heard

and

most of all

kids

just having fun

and sharing the day

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and

after the mad fun

it was

 time to warm up

and enjoy treats

and then

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some of the little ones

began to realize

 that parents

had to

head back to work

or home

and a bit of worry

set in

and

as we said goodbye

and hiked back

towards school

the tears flowed

and the wails were heard

and some

were

walking

and weeping

and clinging

as if

parting forever

and it was

dramatic

and

so full of love.

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ever has it been that love knows not its own depth

until the hour of separation.

– khalil gibran

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i usually take a two-hour nap from one to four. – yogi berra

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as we walked in from recess

e muttered aloud:

why do we have to take naps?

why do we have to take them every day?

why do schools make kids take naps?

whey do we have to?

why?

do all schools take naps?

i hate naps.

i never fall asleep.

i do not like naps.

naps are dumb.

when we

got back to our room

he

got a drink of water

laid down on his cot

and 

passed out cold

for 1 and 1/4 hours

and

 neither of us

said a word 

when he 

finally woke up

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