Apple Day



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.


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!



What Am I Doing?

Hey Girl!

Fellow teachers out there will probably get the “Hey Girl” insinuation there. What teachers out there don’t love a good “Hey Girl” meme, right?! The Ryan Gosling ones are my favorite.



Anyway, I digress. I’m Lynne and you landed on my new blog.  Just a bit about myself. I’m a kindergarten teacher in the Metro Detroit area and I just started my 15th year in the classroom and my 18th year in the education field. Am I that old?! Some days it feels like it and some days I still feel like I should be in grade school. I mean people trust me to educate young children; that is a big responsibility! Remember the days when we just want to grow up so we could do whatever we wanted? Well here they are so I am doing what I want now.

Why a Blog?

Writing a blog is something I have thought about for a long time. Several years to be not so exact.  I loved reading blogs of other teachers, especially kindergarten teachers out there to get ideas for my own classroom.  Two thoughts would always come to my head.

First: A lot of what they would say on their blogs was common sense. It was stuff I was doing in my own classroom. They did not come up with a new magical way to teach or connect with kids.  Best practices are best practices.

Second: Wow! They are so creative to make all of those great centers and lessons for their kiddos. Where do they find the time?! I barely find time to get up, teach, go home, teach my college classes, and go to sleep. I hardly ever saw my friends.

The years progressed and I decided it was time. Time to stop being nervous that no one wanted to hear what I had to say. Time to stop saying I do not have the time. This blog is for me to get my voice out and I would LOVE for you to join me.

What Are My Goals?

As child I doubt my parents would have ever classified me as a work-a-holic, probably closer to the lazier side.  Lord knows I can binge watch tv and movies on a couch like nobody’s business. However, when it comes to work I have developed into a work-a-holic with a “no complex”.    I am a single women with bills so I tend to take on too much. Okay- not tend to; I do.

So this blog is my journey as I strive to find a better work life balance. I want to put more fun in my life. I hope you join me. Comment on my posts. See what I do in my classroom. Tell me how you find balance. How do you say no at work? What do you do for fun? Challenge me to go do something and I can try it and write about it.  Let’s do this together!