Category Archives: kindergarten



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

‘chairs cleaned’

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




kinders find tiny ants, roly-poly’s, and baby spiders

when playing on the sidewalk

and decide to create a playground for them

using all of their pretty chalks. 

“everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”





out walking with the kinders

i come up behind

an unlikely pair

who generally aren’t together,


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.

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

it is never of any use to oneself.

– oscar wilde

image credit: google images

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



as our year together

comes to an end


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



standing by

quietly watching


they grow into

their next adventure

with little fear

 with great excitement


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


classroom pet. part deux.



we did not give up


our sea monkeys

never hatched


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


is as tough

as a wolf dog

and lives

a happy life

with us

for a long time.


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.



it was

a wonderful morning

filled with skating

and sliding

and parents

and teachers


and tumbles

and laughter

and happy screams

were heard


most of all


just having fun

and sharing the day



after the mad fun

it was

 time to warm up

and enjoy treats

and then


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


as we said goodbye

and hiked back

towards school

the tears flowed

and the wails were heard

and some



and weeping

and clinging

as if

parting forever

and it was



so full of love.


ever has it been that love knows not its own depth

until the hour of separation.

– khalil gibran

image credits: jkurtz