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
kinders dig to the other side of the world and find water.
“if there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
one kinder opens the door for another after making sure it is safe for him to go
the bittersweet feelings of being part of our multi-age class
most of the children don’t see themselves as being
different ages or stages
and may not yet see
that some will be moving on
to the higher grades
where they will have the chance to grow
in ways they have yet to imagine
and some will stay with us
for one more year
where they will have the chance
to be the leaders and teachers
to the new little ones joining our class
what we all know without any doubt
is that we are one
we will always keep an open door for all of them
to safely come and go as they need
and as some leave and as some stay
our journeys continue another day.
“if I look back when I begin to leave, will they remember me?”
― adam young, owl city
kinder shadow dances.
“poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.”
rocket the turtle is the sun in the center of the kinders’ universe.
“everything in nature contains all the powers of nature.
everything is made of one hidden stuff.”
-ralph waldo emerson
kinder finds the perfect place right in the middle of the great wide open.
“science has never drummed up
quite as effective a tranquilizing agent
as a sunny spring day.”
-w. earl hall
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.”