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Last Day of Kindergarten

goodbye kdg

Today was the last day of school.  “We are 180 days smarter” we said, as we kissed our brains before leaving today.   It is always a bittersweet day ending the school year.  I have spent so much time with these children. It is their second home. 180 days spent together, and it has suddenly come to an end.  They are ready to move on, First Graders now.

We sat around in a circle today and ended the day like we always do.  We talk about our favorite part of the day.  I like doing this with them as a recap of their day.  Today, we changed it and ended with our favorite part of Kindergarten.  It was so much fun listening to what they remembered most.  Magic Playdough, Pajama Day, our pizza party, the 100th day of school, our Kindergarten show, the ant farm, making new friends… the list went on and on.  I told them all that for me, my favorite part of kindergarten was meeting 23 new friends.

Every year, it is hard to say goodbye to my class.  I will still see them next year.  Many of them come back to visit and to read to the new Kindergarteners.  As we said goodbye and they went off to their families at dismissal today, a few of them were crying.  I imagine it is just as hard for them to say goodbye.  I gave them each a big hug, wished them a safe and happy summer and they were off.  Saying goodbye only takes a moment, but those goodbyes are filled with so many wonderful memories.

 

 

The First Week

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The first week of Kindergarten is over and what a busy week it was!

One hundred and seventy-five more days to go!  No matter how much I love it, (and I truly do,)  I always think this way in the beginning of the school year.  The first month of Kindergarten is so challenging!

I enjoy teaching so much – but you will find a completely different level of enthusiasm in September than you will find any other month of the school year!!  After having a class leave in June, completely “trained” in routines and ready to be First Graders, starting all over again is rough.  It is the same in all grades.  Everyone gets their class right where we need them to be and bam they move onto the next grade.

This week, we established classroom rules, we learned each others names, sang songs, did some writing and read books all about Kindergarten.  The children felt “like big kids” when they got their own math and handwriting workbooks.   We played with our Magic Play Dough, and sure enough, just as it does every other year, it elicited excited squeals and giggles.

The weekend is here.  So to all of the teachers out there, feeling just like I am right now, take these few days to recoup and get some rest, so you have the energy to get back to school and do it all over again for Week Two.

Magic Play Dough

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I just finished making “Magic Play Dough” for the first day of Kindergarten.  I decided that while it is cooling, it is the perfect time to write my blog.

This is one of my favorite activities to do on the first day of school.  I start off the activity by hiding a ball of dough in our “Mystery Bag.”  To find out what is inside of the bag, the students have to ask me questions that I can only answer yes or no to.  When they guess what is in my bag, I pull out the white play dough that I made and tell them that it is very special play dough!  I become very animated and excited as I tell them that it is magical – just like Kindergarten is a magical place!  I tell them that if they roll their ball of dough and it turns colors, then they are going to have a magical year in school!

I take the ball of dough and dramatically squish it up and voila!  It changes its color!!  Every year gets the same response as they squeal, laugh and clap with joy as they see the dough “magically” change colors.  Then, I give each child their own ball of dough inside of a plastic bag.  I have them squish up the dough inside of the bags so that the “magical liquid” inside doesn’t stain their fingers.  I take pictures throughout the whole activity because their reactions are priceless. I have never had a class that hasn’t loved Magic Play Dough and I cannot wait to see the reaction I get from my newest kids.  I have included the recipe in case you want to make a magical batch of your own!

* 2 cups flour
*2 cups water
*2 tbsp cream of tartar
*1/2 cup salt
*1/4 cup vegetable oil
*food coloring
(This makes a rather small batch – I usually double it to make enough for my entire class.)
 
Mix together all the ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan.  Cook over low/medium heat, stirring constantly.  Continue stirring until mixture thickens and forms a ball.   Remove dough – it will be very hot!! 
Knead the dough and separate into small balls and let cool. 
Add the food coloring to a hole, hidden in the play dough.  The color will come out after you begin to knead the dough filled with color.