Apple Day

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TGFI ya’ll!  Yesterday was Friday and it was even pay day. Should have been a great day. It was mostly and especially at 3:30- lol!  For some reason our kindergarten team decided it would be great to plan Apple Day the same day as picture day this year.  For the love of God why?!  How do you keep 22 four and five year olds clean and well groomed for pictures that are not precisely 15 minutes after they walk in the door?!  That is if you are lucky if they do have breakfast at school and spill milk on their nice shirt or dress.

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This is my niece Julia and I about 10 years ago. That is my face on picture day every time a kinder kiddos go near something remotely messy.

 

Through running and a little luck I was able to get the second time slot of day and we safely made it through pictures by 9:30 am. Big sigh!!! I even got a brand new ID this year.IMG-3223

We could safely move on to Apple Day activities-YEAH us! I love cooking with my kinder kiddos. I used to do it move, but we moved to being a peanut/tree-nut/sesame restricted school.  Which has made it more difficult along with increased allergies. Applesauce is safe however! In the craziness of my life I forgot to send out an APB (or a simple request-LOL) for apples to parents, so I bought and carted in pounds and pounds of apples both red and green.

I peeled and sliced the apples while the kids used plastic knives to chopped them into smaller pieces. Thank God for student interns who could keep an eye on centers ( +1 on another reason to have them) while I was dealing with controlled apple chaos.  “No, honey go wash your hands.” “But I just did.” “Yes, but you just picked your nose go do it again.” There was also the “Don’t lick the knife!” Thank goodness it was a dull plastic knife!   IMG-3220.JPG

 

I did not get it cooking until after 11 so it was super hot when it was time to eat it. The kids did not seem to care though. All but one enjoyed….as they should!  As I was adding the sugar an extra large clump fell in so I am sure it was super sweet.

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We also tasted and compared red delicious and granny smith apples.  It is always fun to see the kids who are not prepared for the tartness of the granny smith.  One little girl spit it right out. That was hard not to laugh at.

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And like any Thanksgiving meal the clean up was longer than the meal, but it was well worth it.   Happy Apple Day everyone and here’s your tip: Don’t plan multiple special activities for the same day!

Have you had this happen before? Let me know how you hand multiple special activities on the same time!

 

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A New Year- A New Intern

Today a new student intern started in my classroom.  Normally they begin before school year starts, but hey we are in education. We roll with what happens around us. I count myself lucky she is with me at all. I was originally assigned an intern before school even started but for unknown reasons it did not work out and the first one never showed up.

I love having student interns in my room. This is actually my third year having student intern(s) in my classroom. While some teachers do not like it or shy away from it for various reasons of their own I will take any that I can get.

So how does this work in my journey to find balance? Student interns typically can be more work, it can slow me down, and means more meetings and planning time. However, I like to look at the flip side of it. I get more adult support in the room. The kids get more adult support and intervention. It means I will be able to take the time to handle kinder kiddo conflict while she continues teaching.  It means she will be able to do an extra intervention group  at the same!  I like to think of it as a win-win situation.

Lucky me too- I get to make an amazing impact on a new teacher and in a way all of his/her future students.  I get to build a relationship with a newbie teacher who can bring all of their ideas to our classroom and I learn from them too.  I am still in touch with my mentor teacher almost 20 years later and look up to her career in the early childhood field.

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This article from Edutopia is great and talks about how every teacher needs a mentor. Did you know that most teacher who leave the profession in the first five years do so because they lack support. Mentors can do a lot to curb this stat.

So teachers (even non-teachers) out there- do you have yourself a good mentor?

Someone who will:

  • Support you
  • Challenge you in positive ways
  • Celebrate your success
  • Listen and Collaborate
  • Be a Safe Space for You (most important!!)

If you do not have a person like this in your life- seek one out immediately!  If there is not one at your place of work, seek one out locally.  If there is no one- email me; I’ll be there for you (now imagine me singing the Friends theme)

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