Yay!! It’s Friday! As much as I love my kinders and teaching, there is always something special about Fridays. I think for me it is knowing that I can drink coffee sloooooowly on Saturday morning. That literally is the highlight of my weekend.
Anyways – it is Five for Friday time! I have missed this link up! I missed last week because I was so sick with bronchitis that there literally was nothing eventful going on in my life besides coughing. So I am happy to say I DO have some things to share this week!
Over the weekend we saw American Sniper (this was after the bronchitis had healed, I didn’t go infect the entire town I promise…. by the way, I think the entire town was in the movie – it was packed!) Have you seen this yet? I definitely recommend it!
On Sunday I was on a drive with my mom, and on our way back to her house, we saw this in a neighbor’s yard. It may be one of those “you had to be there” things – but let me tell you it was HILARIOUS and very realistic looking from the car! So, we did what any normal people would do. After double taking, we pulled over and took pictures. Apparently these people are done with Rudolph and Christmas in general. Poor Rudolph. What did he ever do to deserve this?
We have been working with abc mouse in kindergarten! So far we are loving it! I love that it is FREE for teachers, and the kids love finding their avatar and then working through the games. The songs are very catchy too! I love when learning is fun… don’t we all?
This picture is actually from last Friday, but I wanted to share it today. I have been thinking a lot about the importance of play in kindergarten, and I have been quite saddened to hear how many schools are still not allowing this to take place.
I am so thankful to teach in a district where this is supported and valued. Play IS learning, and it is important work! I just think of how much my kids have grown in so many ways, especially in their social/emotional skills, and I know a lot of it has to do with our classroom free inquiry/play time in the afternoons.
My big hope for kindergarten teachers everywhere – and their kinders – is that play will start to be more recognized as not “just playing”, but a very valid part of a quality kindergarten education program!
There is my sermon. Say yes to play!
If you are a kindergarten teacher – I am dying to know, are you allowed to have toys in your classroom (kitchens, blocks, etc) or no?
As I am typing this it is Thursday night (what?? I am EARLY to a Five for Friday??) and this was how I left Tank this morning. I think this look pretty much lets me know that I am fine to leave for work…. in fact, he would prefer to get back to his nap, thank you very much!
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Alex is a Kindergarten teacher with a passion for making learning fun and engaging. She's earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, and Masters Degrees in Special Education and Curriculum Design. Alex is a night owl, coffee lover, and she owns more than 2,000 children’s books. Alex lives with her husband and their big black Labrador, Tank.