Friday, February 6, 2015

Addicted to Kindergarten

We had Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday night.  I don't especially love working until 8pm but I do like talking to parents about how much their child has grown since the fall.  At a conference about a student who has shown phenomenal growth, the parent mentioned how kindergarten teachers must see amazing improvements and how much fun that must be.  I said, "Yes!  That's why I'm addicted to kindergarten!"  We laughed but I realized it is true.  My name is Sara and I am addicted to kindergarten and there are a few reasons why.

Every Fall students come in at varying levels.  I had several students this year who couldn't write their name or even knew the letters in their name.  Now, those students are reading!  Amazing!  It's a huge high to report to parents that kind of improvement and to be able to witness the joy the student feels when they reach their goals. 

I also love that I get to help shape kids' minds about what school is about.  I work my hardest to show students that if they work hard, they will reach their goals.  Parents will often comment on how much their child has grown and how much they love school.  Love that!

I know other grade levels see growth in their students but I'm willing to bet not as much as a kinder teacher.  It is the reason why that I am still in kindergarten after 15 years and hope to continue for a good long while.  Are you addicted to kindergarten?  What do you love about it?  Please share!

I mentioned in my last post that I was asked to speak at the Minnesota Kindergarten Association Spring Conference in April alongside YouTube star Mr. Harry, children's book author Nancy Carlson,  and the amazing kinder teacher Shari Sloane!  Now you can see all the details and register for the conference.  Click below to find out all the details!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently February 2015 Edition

My favorite day of the month!

Our family has been working our way through the Harry Potter series.  Last night we finished book 3 and then watched book 4.  My girls are obsessed and are currently playing Harry Potter.

My youngest has had four cheerleading competitions this month plus practices.  I've spent every weekend driving around the Twin Cities.  I LOVE seeing her cheer but am grateful the season is now over and I can have my weekends back.  Isn't she cute?

Koo Koo Kangaroo is coming to our school this month and I'm so excited!  My team ordered some shirts and I'm on a mission to dye my shoes gold. 
The best part is that I get to perform Pop See Ko with them up on stage!  Can't wait!

We've been in our house for over 10 years now and it shows.  I REALLY want to get new floor and counter tops for our kitchen.  I can't decide between tile or wood (right now we have linoleum).  Anyone out there have any advice?

I got a SUPER exciting e-mail the other day asking if I would present at the Minnesota Kindergarten Association Spring Conference in April.  Me?  Sure!  I am speaking for two 75 minute blocks on guided reading.  I've spent a good part of today brainstorming and planning.  If you live in or around Minnesota and want to see me, Shari Sloane, Mr. Harry Kindergarten and author Nancy Carlson, click below to find out more!

Pageant Title:  Mrs. Tries to do it all
Yep, that's me.  I hate saying no and like being in charge.  Anyone else?