Bless you and all the other K teachers out there! First grade teachers everywhere are thankful for the awesome job ya'll do! I cannot even imagine... it's amazing how there is a world of difference in one tiny year of school!!!!!!+Teaching Happily Ever After~Creative Teaching with a Technology Twist~
Jennifer - Thank you so much for posting this for us! Starting kindergarten is a big deal both for the little AND the big people (including the teacher). :o)
I <3 this because it's so true. Thanks for posting this.It's a big day for the students, parents and the teachers. :) I'll admit it's always stressful but gives us tons of laughs remembering how far our little ones have come.
You are all very welcome! New favorite quotes from Pinterest... Be calm and teach on.Stay calm and pretend it's on the lesson plan!Both very true especially on the first day!
Jennifer,Thank you so much for this post! I've always taught first grade, but this year I'll be teaching preschool and prekinder. And you called it - I'm scared! I feel totally out of my element. Your post started to bridge the gap and gave me some great things to think about. Any recommendations on great preK blogs? I'm just starting the search. ~Jennifer
Ha ha! GREAT post and SOOOO true! Every word of it! Thanks for the recap! It will be a great reminder when I start school TOMORROW!Color Me Happy in Kindergarten
For Jen Reed - I teach kindergarten in the AM and Universal Pre-K in the PM so I feel your pain! Here is my favorite Pre-K website (including a blog): http://www.pre-kpages.com/blog/
Thank you JoAnna for sharing that. She is completely correct! That is a great place to get great ideas and activities! I am also leading a discussion board at educationworld.com on early learning. It is just starting but I would love for you all to hop over and start the discussions for me! EducationWorld.com/EarlyLearning
This is my first year teaching Kindergarten and I definitely have some anxiety about the first day. Thanks so much for this post - it gives some great tips and I got some laughs as well. :)
Miss Murphy... You laugh now! :-) you will think of me when it happens! Good luck and I hope you have a great year!
Lol this made me think of a scene at our local 1/2 day pre-k. The teacher went home sick and the kids were left with a teacher's assistant who bravely tried to follow the routine, including recess. Unfortunately she forgot to count the kids on the way back in! About 20 minutes later, parents started arriving to pick up their children and were treated to the sight of 2 little ones on the playground by themselves! Seems they had hidden in the tube slide until their class went inside :P That happened while I was still in college. I was observing another class at the pre-k that day and saw what went down once a parent notified the office about the children unattended on the playground. Now I am obsessive about counting my kids - after recess, library, computers, bathroom breaks etc. If we leave the room I'm counting! Sometimes I even do a quick headcount while we're IN the room lol! This was a great article, thansk for posting!Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten
Love, love, love this post!!! Are we the only school that stops parents at the front door???
Thanks Jennifer!! Love this!!!
I love love love this!!!! I love how you respect the parents. Parents are their kids first teachers. Imagine loosing the job you love the most after working at it with all your heart for 5 years.Julie Robbins
I found this though pinterest and am happy to have read it! Thank you for the tips, it helps with my crazy anxiety and cluelessness about teaching Kindergarten for the first time!