Saturday, April 12, 2014

K Is For Kindergarten Teacher



Although I haven't taught in years, my best experiences as a teacher were in the kindergarten classroom.  The students are generally all eager to learn, and they tend to look at their teacher as someone who knows everything...you don't get that kind of adoration from students for very many years. Besides, as I used to say, once they get to about third grade, the majority of them are taller than I am!

One of the things I did to make their kindergarten experience memorable was to teach them some basic words and phrases in German:  colors, numbers, days of the week, months, and phrases like "Good morning," "please," "thank you," "you're welcome," "Happy Birthday" and "Merry Christmas." They were so excited to be able to share their language accomplishments with their families, and would clamor for more words anytime we had a free moment.

These days, my work with young children happens at our church, and I still find it just as rewarding and fun. I have a feeling it is something I'll keep doing for as long as I can.


15 comments:

  1. It takes a special person to teach Kindergarten. Lucky for them it was you, and continues to be you for as long as you can. My favorite age to teach was the 6th grade. Congrats on making it through Week #2. Thanks for your visits and comments on my AtoZ 'fiction from forgotten fotos'.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

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  2. One of the things I remember from Kindergarten and there's not a lot, is counting to 10 in 2 languages. I went to a parochial school as Kindergarten wasn't yet available in our public school. So they were way ahead of their time at least in my opinion. :) Enjoyed perusing your blog! *another a to z blogger

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  3. When my girls were little, I stopped teaching full time, but I did teach in preschool for several years because it was just part time. That's the only time in my life anyone asked me to sing.
    Visiting from A to Z ~
    Wendy at Jollett Etc.

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  4. I was able to teach kindergarden during teachers week. It takes a lot of patience but they also taught me how to be happy over simple things that we should appreciate more.

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  5. Wow! Very cool to learn you taught kindergarten!! SUCH an important job!!!! I mainly taught first grade, but when I was a reading specialist, part of my day was spent going into different classes working with small groups on reading/literacy and I LOVED my kindergarten classrooms!!

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  6. I didn't experience the rewards of being around "little people" until I worked at my church and they have a daycare there during the week. Oh what joy to take a moment out of my day and go visit the children. Pure joy, thanks for bringing back those memories

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  7. I've always told my husband that our son's kindergarten teachers should be awarded medals for their patience and dedication. Bless your heart.

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  8. I would have loved a teacher like you. The best ones are the ones that taught you things that stay with you through life. I'm nearly 43, but I still remember the teacher who taught me...

    dogs go mad, people get angry
    candy is good, you are well
    vegetables are done, people are finished

    She shaped my vocabulary in a very small way and I'll always be grateful. People try and call my blog Keep the Tail Waggin' - NO, it's Wagging - Mrs. Harrington said so. :)

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  9. I agree...those little ones are too cute. I assistant taught first graders in my church. The stories they would just come up with out of left field would crack us up!
    ~Katie
    TheCyborgMom
    Visual Proof

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  10. I loved kindergarten and unconsciously pronounced the word w/ a German accent; my father was German. Too quickly, my teacher discovered I could read and it was off to 1st grade. Sometimes, I'd like to go back for a week or two and play Duck! Duck! Goose!

    Lovely post. Thanks. Visiting from A to Z Challenge Drusilla

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  11. Lovely. Your post just made me remember the smell of paste and construction paper, tote trays, and new crayons. I love the eagerness and enthusiasm my daughter had about school when she was young. Beautiful memories, thank you.

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  12. I still remember my kind Kindergarten teacher. It takes special kind of person to teach wee ones. Thanks for being one of them.

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  13. What a great thing to share. I still remember learning to count in Spanish from Sesame Street. Innovative teachers are a blessing to parents - Thanks for being one of them!

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  14. I went to school for many, many years (15 years post high school) and some of my clearest memories of school are from kindergarten. A good kindergarten teacher can create a love for learning and great memories!

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  15. I taught 4th graders once (a leap of faith from the adult students I was working with most of the time), and was so impressed with their innocent energy and optimism. What a treat to be in those first years of school with them. Enjoy every moment of your teaching!

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