Yesterday proved to me that life is all a matter of perspective. Our art project for yesterday was a little butterfly made from hearts. And yes, I should have taken a photo. Will do that today for my kindergarten blog. Anyway…I was giving the directions to my students and putting the pieces together as I talked. (I do that so I can explain each and every step.) I put the second pair of wings on the little body and one of my boys squealed with delight, “Mrs. Maurer! You’re a genius!” I know it doesn’t take much to impress my little ones, but I guess creating a butterfly from hearts was over the top!! LOL
We forget sometimes that the world is a magical place for children. In their minds anything is possible as they strive to make sense of it all. Yesterday we read a couple of books about the groundhog and talked about weather prediction. Several of my children asked the inevitable questions that I can never fully answer. “How does he know it’s time to wake up?” “Do all the groundhogs see their shadows?” “Can a bunny see its shadow?” “Why will it be winter longer?” Why indeed? And one boy summed it up, “My mom just watches the weather on TV.”
I have hundreds of books in my room and during “free choice” time my students “read” whatever they want. One of my boys was looking at a book about the desert that was written by a class in Arizona. It’s even illustrated by the class and has their photo on the back. He brought the book to my desk and showed me the class photo. “Do you remember this?” he asked. “No.” “It’s your first class, when you lived in Oregon!” “Oh…I forgot.” J
And just in case you think all is rosy and cute in kindergarten, yesterday we had BBQ sandwiches, pickles, beans and cake for lunch. One of my boys carefully picked up his beans one by one and poked them onto the tines of his fork. Then he pulled them off with his teeth, and then started the whole process over again. Needless to say he had bean juice all down his arms. One of my girls dropped her pickles on the floor and stomped on them. Another girl got bean juice in her hair. No, I can’t explain how. We had BBQ sauce everywhere, two milk spills, and cake crumbs in abundance. A professor in college once told us to treat the custodian well- cards, gifts, chocolate! I totally understand that now. Have to stay on that woman’s good side!
Today we are making valentine heart puzzles, reviewing the “long e” sound, counting pennies, discussing friendship, reading about respect, and singing “Special Me”. I can’t find a song about being a genius!