Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Illustration Friday: Visitors


I thought of the typical alien visitors, visitors who stay too long and start to stink like old fish, but finally decided to go with cute cardinal birds visiting a snowman. (Boy, too bad it's not more winter-like here...97 degrees and above with high humidity. YUCK!)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Illustration Friday: Captain

Captain of the
Checker Club!
I hated this week's challenge...the only captains I know are Cap'n Crunch (which I saw done wonderfully by someone but couldn't leave a message), Captains Kirk and Picard, and Captain and Tenille which I remember hearing when I was a kiddo! Yuck! Oh yeah, and Captain Steubing or whatever from The Love Boat. And then I couldn't get that "Brandy, You're a fine girl..." song out of my head because the guy singing it to her is supposed to be some sailor or something. (Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) by Looking Glass)
Anyway, here's a very quick one just to say I did it; school just started back and I'm busy teaching little 5 year olds (some are still 4) how to line up, walk in the hallway, sit at the carpet, raise their hands, use the "public" restroom ("What's a restroom?" one asked!) without assistance from MOM or DAD...you forget how many don't know to flush without reminders, wash hands with soap, or push that lever that's too tall for them on the wall to get the just right amount of paper towels. They LOVE to make the towel go to the floor before ripping it off. My favorite this past week was one little boy told me he wouldn't be my best friend if he had to lose a tiger paw (our schoolwide behavior program). I smiled and said, "That's OK, I have lots of friends." He didn't like that answer! There are songs for everything--
Getting their attention: Raise your hand if you hear my voice.
Getting ready for the hall: Our hands are tied behind our backs, we're standing straight and tall, our eyes are looking straight ahead, we're ready for the hall.
How to write numbers: Roll a hoop six makes a loop; A loop and a line that makes a nine; and their favorite, Around and back on a railroad track TWO TWO (They act like they're pulling the train whistle for two two.)
Oh well, thought I'd write a short novel here about the hectic and chaotic first days of school from a Kindergarten teacher's point of view (like anyone cares :).) I've been EXHAUSTED! Falling asleep as soon as I get home for an hour then getting up, then going to bed again early. Whew! No time for fun like blogging and reading others' posts.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Illustration Friday: Emergency

For this week's theme I thought about a little girl discovering a baby bird's nest. I think in a little girl's mind, this would definitely be considered an emergency.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Illustration Friday: Missing

Why is it that "El Diablo" (the kid who cannot behave...or the SPAWN of SATAN) is never MISSING from school? Is it because he/she is so mean, the germs just stay away because of fear?
I just got back from a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards conference in Washington D.C. where I presented at one of the sessions. One of the keynote speakers was the wonderful teacher Ron Clark . He was hilarious and truthful as well as inspiring. He also made the witty observation that "mean" kids are NEVER too sick to be absent which seems to be absolutely true! Matthew Perry starred in a made for TV movie about Ron Clark and Oprah had him on her show to discuss his popular book. Please realize that we love all our students...just think of that most annoying adult you know and supersize all the negatives just into a smaller child-version...you'll get the idea of what it's like to work with El Diablo. Plus we have at least 23 other little ones to deal with daily as well, most very well-behaved. Just a little humor in an otherwise frustrating situation.