Confessions of a Substitute Teacher

Rows of desks.  Colorful supplies.  White dry erase board covering the walls.  I love the classroom.  But I'm not quite ready to go back full time.  So... I signed up to be a sub.  Once a week, my cell phone wakes me up at 5:30am where an automated voice offers me a job.  I usually accept the first job I am offered.  I view subbing as an adventure to experience new schools and grade levels.   Anything goes....more

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kindergarten Kiddos

I teach Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2.  My Kindergarten classes have reading buddies a couple times a month with a grade 2 and a grade 2/3 split class.  I wanted to do something for buddies that had to do with Valentine’s Day, so naturally I headed on over to Pinterest....more

Getting to School Early

One day, last week, my son, R, and I arrived at school drop-off early. Twenty-five minutes early. This never happens. Never. We were the first ones waiting in the school parking lot due to the freezing temperatures. I had decided to drive him that day, instead of making the typical walk from our home, around the town reservoir, past the dogs playing in the snow, and into the school door marked number two....more

Do You Remember Your First Day of School?

Do you remember your very first day of school?  I recall having mixed feelings about starting Kindergarten in 1960.  Here's my story.Situated in the center of our small town, the old brick building had creaky wooden floors, wide staircases and high, very high ceilings that loomed large above the heads of the elementary-age children.  I’d been inside the school before, walking through the main door alongside my mother and then waiting on a rickety folding chair in the empty hallway while she attended parent-teacher conferences for my older sisters....more

The Anti First Day of Kindergarten Post

Conversation before First Day of Kindergarten today: TINY PANTS:  Mama, can you get me to Ebay Catcher's mitts?MAMA: Why don't you go to Dicks Sporting Goods instead? (I have a fear of an accidental "BUY IT NOW" event.)TINY PANTS: Because ebay has better prices.  He's five, and already a bargain shopper, and while other kids might be playing video games, my kid is online shopping.5 minutes later:TINY PANTS: Mama, you have enough money for this set in your checking account! It's only $78.00!!MAMA: Uh, what?...more
You have either an accountant or a personal shopper on your hands!!! Lol! I remember the first ...more

Unlearning The Kindergarten Lessons Of Life

Like almost every other woman I know, many of the lessons I've had to unlearn in life I first learned in kindergarten.For example, I've had to break the habit of having cookies and a nap at 3 in the afternoon.That's because as an adult I developed this fetish about wanting to hold a steady job and not take up so much physical space I need to be hauled around by a winch.Lying down every day after a heavy sugar and carb intake can undermine a girl's ambitions as well as her ability to enter a room without turning sideways and breathing in....more

Kindergarten and The Post Preschool Blues

I have to admit it...I was unprepared for the range of emotion I've been feeling lately. Our twins, Ryan and Felicity, will be starting kindergarten in a few weeks and I am certain I am having a more difficult time than either of them. I've spent months talking to each of them about going to a new school in hope to prepare them for the upcoming changes... So how is it I that I am feeling completely caught off guard? After all, it isn't as if I haven't known this was coming! While there is a part of me that is looking forward this transition, I can't help feeling sad too....more