I was a kindergarten teacher from 2007-2014 at which point I switched over to become an AIS Reading Teacher--all in a rural school district in NY. Teaching is my passion and my hobby. My son, Nolan, is my heart and soul. I am happily married to a wonderful man, Clay, and we are also proud parents of our fur babies: Olive and Pickles. I love all things Dr. Seuss, office supplies, and color-coding.
We took the kindergartners on a trip to the zoo this week, so naturally we were doing a writing piece about zoo animals. My TA, Laurie, was working with Amaya, who was trying to write "penguin" but had written an F in the word. Laurie asked the girl where she heard the F in penguin trying to get her to realize that there isn't one. Meanwhile, the student I was working with, Jake, said, "F in penguin?! Where's the F in penguin?! There's no F in penguin." Which sounded like, "Effin' penguin?! Where's the effin' penguin?! There's no effin' penguin."
Madison: "You know why I'm smart?" Me: "Why?" Madison stated matter-of-factly, "Because my mom got me a laptop."
Amaya: "I'm going to be a monkey for Halloween because I love bananas." Keep in mind it is the end of March, and we weren't talking about Halloween or bananas nor were there any bananas or monkeys to be seen.
Today we read Dr. Seuss' I Wish that I had Duck Feet. After discussing the advantages of each animal part, the kids had to come up with an animal part they would like to have and justify why. We went over it orally before they were expected to illustrate and explain their "Which-What-Who" (themselves with their new body part) to me.
Me: "Donnie, what animal part do you wish you had and why?" Donnie: "I wish that I had a cat head, so I could eat cat food." Haley: "I already eat cat food!" Samantha: "I do too!"
Thursdays we have grade-level meetings before the kids get to school. As I was leaving another kindergarten classroom, a student from a different class asked me why I was in there. I told her I had a meeting. One of her friends asked her what a meeting is, and she replied, "Meetings is when they have conversations with other big grown-ups." It made my morning!
Me: "Haley, what is that on the floor by your desk?!" Haley: No response. Me: "How did this hair get on the floor?" Haley: "I sink my hair throwed up." Me: "I don't think your hair threw up. What really happened?" Haley: Runs hands through knotty hair, "I cut my hair on accident."
Keep in mind this was the 2nd time in the week she had chopped off her hair. This time it was a good 5 inches long and an inch wide. Not funny in the moment but a precious quote nonetheless!