Unbelievable! We only have two weeks of school left before we are out for winter break. I’m not sure where this first part of the year went. Just seems like we keep plodding along day by day and suddenly it’s time for Christmas.
So much will happen over the next fourteen days it makes my head spin. We have field trips, guest speakers, parties, pajama day, and a host of other events to get my 5 year olds really wound up. Ah the joys of teaching kindergarten.
On top of the thrills of the season, my cherubs (students) have earned enough links on their chain to get a reward. Let me explain, every time my children get a compliment or follow their hall procedures to an outstanding degree, they earn plastic “links” that I connect to form a chain. The chain then hangs from the top of my white board. As the chain of links grows toward the floor, the children get to decide what reward they would like to have. When the chain touches the floor, they get the pre-determined reward.
Wouldn’t you know, for the first time ever, SMOOTHIES were the choice of the class. Really? Smoothies! I made a list of things I’ll need to make these for the class. Most notably, I need my husband to come and actually make them. At home, he is in charge of all milk shakes, smoothies… any frosty concoction that comes from our blender he makes. I really have no skill in this department. But how do you tell 5 year olds that? It would break their hearts to think their teacher can’t do something. After all, these little people think I am wonderful. They often tell me, “You’re the best teacher I’ve ever had.”
Call me crazy, but I think that comment would mean a lot more if I was their 10th grade teacher. Even being their 4th grade teacher would make a difference. But in kindergarten, I am one out of about two teachers they’ve ever had so, being the best one isn’t really as big of a deal as it sounds. The other thing is, with 5 year olds, it’s really all about “loving the one you’re with.”
But, they keep saying I’m wonderful, so I don’t want to disappoint them. I have already broken one of my rules, that is to reward immediately. This time, however, they are just going to have to wait. I have to buy the ingredients and enlist my husband’s help. Maybe by Monday I’ll be prepared to serve up the smoothies.
Ah yes, Monday- the beginning of the last two weeks before Christmas break. Shall I really set the tone by serving smoothies? Well, why not? It won’t be long after that, that we’ll be wearing pajamas (yes, we celebrate pajama day in kindergarten) and making gingerbread houses! Bring on the joys of the season.