4 Seasons

“OK, so after winter I can just have summer?” The visiting musician has a cactus puppet on her hand, the kids are eating this up. She’s trying to get them to name the four seasons. “YES!” They all shout in unison. “Wait,” I say. I’m thinking they were distracted by the puppet and didn’t really…

What color is happiness?

“Jackson Pollock painted feelings.” “Feelings like happy and sad.” “We can paint happy and sad using colors. Some colors are happy.” “Pink and orange and yellow are happy. Red is happy!” “Warm colors are happy. Cold colors are sad.” “No, red can be happy or sad.”   So we painted it. Waiting for it to…

…And Today

“I want to paint!” “I want to paint, too!” “Can I paint with you?” “The paint is dripping like Pollock!” “We can write our names like him, too.”   Day 8

Yesterday

I missed my SOL post yesterday because I was exhausted. We went to the National Gallery and lost ourselves in the art. Our first stop was the Matisse room, I was floored by my students who sat looking enthusiastically at the art and discussing what they saw, how they felt, and what Matisse did to…

Bravery

“I was brave.” My students love to say this. I love to hear it. They so often think that brave is the same as success, but I’m really working on focusing their attention on their struggles, and how they persist through them. It is ok to have a hard time, it is ok to need…

Monkey Bars

In September, he could count to 12. Now, in March, he can can count to 109. In September, he knew 3 letters. Total, capital and lower case. Now, in March, he knows 49. These “scores” are one way we measure success in kindergarten students but today I’m thinking about the playground. I met him in…

Hamentashen

I’m sick at home, my animals have kept me company on the couch and DayQuil has kept me somewhat pleasant all day. My wife spent most of the day hard at work in the kitchen preparing lunches for the week. In the afternoon, the dough she created for hamentashen is ready and we set to…

Tulips

“I want to buy you more tulips today.” The thought crossed my mind and the words came out of my mouth simultaneously. Last week I saw this beautiful display of tulips at the grocery story and I had to buy some for my wife. Tulips have always been my favorite flower but they gained importance…

Wind Day

Today was an unexpected couch day. The fluffy comforter is stretched across the couch, there is room for me, my wife, our dog, and our cat to all stretch out and be cozy. It was a perfect day to work on my new journal. New journals can be so intimidating, I carried this one around…

Getting Started

This is my Thursday night slice of life. A long, joyful day with my students, watching their amazing 5- and 6- year-old brains growing and exploring and ending the day truly appreciating the time I have with this 14-year-old companion. The young ones have exhausted me this week, this old one brings me peace. Day…