Saturday, December 17, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Looking for that EASY last minute Christmas project or parent gift??

I have some great projects that are quick and easy just for you! I have shared these wonderful ideas at PreK + K Sharing. I not only share projects and parent gifts but give some literacy and math activities and centers as well! If you haven't already read my article on PreK+K Sharing please hop on over and check it out
Holiday Fun In The Classroom and while you are there check out the other articles written! There are so many great ideas for kindergarten and pre-k and the best part is there are new ideas posted daily! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kindergarten---Oh, well that must be EASY!

I just love it when someone asks me what grade I teach! 
When I tell them kindergarten their reply is often, "Oh really,  well that must be easy then, I mean all you really do is babysit right"? What I want to say is, "EASY???? BABYSITTING???? REALLY??????"  But, I  usually reply by kindly telling them the truth and saying "Oh, No, it is much more than babysitting, we are teaching them how to read, write, add and sometimes even subtract. We are teaching these young children how to be independent and be caring, loving individuals".

Kindergarten is the base for learning.
In Kindergarten we teach children to listen, to raise their hand, to walk in a line and how to learn. Without these things, children would not be able to function in a classroom or in society. But not only do we teach them the basics of how to function in a classroom, we also must teach them social skills, math, reading, science, social studies and Art! There are state standards that we must meet.

So, do I say it is EASY? Definitely not! Do I say that it is REWARDING? WITHOUT A DOUBT!

Kindergarten is where my heart is. I love seeing the growth that each child makes their first year of school. Many students come in not knowing their shapes, colors, letters or numbers and they leave kindergarten being able to read books, write sentences and even stories. They can tie their shoes and tell me what the word OVIPAROUS means! It is truly amazing how these young minds learn so much in just one school year! To me, this is the most rewarding job I could ever ask for!

 Where does it all begin?
It begins right here, inside this door...within the four walls of a this classroom
My students, are welcomed by me everyday as I stand at this door and greet each and every one of them with a smile and a "good morning! How are you today"?

Then they enter the world of learning! Have a look inside...

This is where it is...Where learning takes place....where young minds are molded....and where our future get's its start!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kindergarten Hugs

 Some people have asked me why I chose to name my blog "Kindergarten Hugs". Well, if you teach kindergarten or know 5 and 6 year old children, you know they love their hugs! Sometimes just a simple hug can mean the world to a child or anyone in that matter. Hugs make you feel better when you are down, they make you feel safe, they make you feel important, and they make you feel LOVED!  

The other day when I was deciding on a title for my blog, I went through about 4 or 5 "clever" (or so I thought) titles and each of them were already taken. Then, soon after, one of my students who happens to be severely autistic, walked into the classroom with her aide. She doesn't say much in context of a conversation but that day she looked at our classroom aide and raised her hands and said a long drawn out, "HUG", then proceeded to give the aide a huge hug. At that moment, I knew the new title of my blog and I hoped and prayed that it wasn't taken! Kindergarten Hugs was perfect and fitting not only for me and my personality, but also fitting for the young children that we teach daily!

Now go give a hug to someone you love, someone who means the world to you, or someone who just needs a little pick-me-up! 

I look forward to embracing all of you and sharing stories, thoughts and ideas!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I am thankful for all of the wonderful things I have been blessed with in my life. I am thankful for my husband, my family, and my friends. I am thankful for my wonderful job teaching kindergarten kiddos and the joy they bring me. I am thankful for a roof over my head and my health. But, most importantly, I am thankful my faith. My faith in the Lord is what has gotten me where I am today. Each and every one of us have a story to tell and each of us have a journey that has brought us to where we are. I know that my journey has had it's ups and downs but I know that without those ups and downs, I would not be the person I am today. A person taking steps into uncharted territory and taking that leap into a new and exciting things . I am starting this blog, not really knowing where it will take me but in hopes that I bring you wonderful ideas and share my passion for teaching. I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and were able to spend it well with family and friends. Oh, and good luck to all of you brave enough to take on Black Friday shopping!