Another Year, Another Kindergartner!

This little girl is starting Kindergarten!

I have been blessed to care for her while her Mommy worked for the past five years.  I know she’s ready – of course she is dazzlingly smart, brilliantly beautiful, and astoundingly kind.  She just turned five years old.

During my teaching career, the age cut off in our state was December 1, making a child with an August birthday usually in the middle of the age range of my students.  For years we fought to change the date to September 1 so all children will be five at the beginning of the year.  This was especially important when we moved to full day school with the expectation that all children will be reading by the end of the year.  Now she will be among the youngest kids in her class.  I know she is ready, I know she’ll do great.  But here is what I hope her teacher will remember – not just for Nora but for all the little ones walking through her door tomorrow…

I copied this quote from the wall of my other grandchildren’s Kindergarten classroom.   I think it is so important for all of us to remember – for children going off to school, for little ones tottering through all those early developmental stages, for teenagers making sometimes questionable decisions, for all of us growing, learning, struggling, throughout our lives.  Even for teachers who struggle to convey concepts and skills to groups of kids who have so many different levels of readiness and prior experiences.  We need to remember that it’s okay that we don’t all learn the same things at the same time.

I am praying for all five of these precious little ones, as they begin the school year; and for their teachers.  Owen is starting 3rd grade – he seems so confident and grown up!  Anna and Lily are going into 1st grade, Nora starting Kindergarten and Max going off to a few half days of preschool.  This time of year highlights how much they are growing, learning and changing – (no, I am not going to cry!)

Today I’m baking cookies for their lunches and printing off notes to be tucked into their lunch boxes.  I love to hear them giggle, so I have used jokes for their lunch box notes since Owen started school.  Sorry, I can’t give credit for the jokes because I find them all over – joke books, online, etc.  The girls are all becoming good readers, but I added clipart that might help them figure out tricky words.

Here is a link to a bunch more notes!

2017 easy lunch notes

You can find lots more on Pinterest too!

For all of you going back to school, or sending off your little ones, I hope you have a wonderful school year!  I hope Nora does too!

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marisa Owen
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 11:36:56

    I just found your blog after searching frantically for the first week of school ideas. I’m a 60- year old American expat teaching in an Italian preschool which furnishes zilch when it comes to material for the kids or teachers. I think I will find lots of great ideas to motivate me during this school year. Keep up the good work!


  2. Walsh, Elaine A.
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 14:48:46

    Thank you so much for the words of “The Power of Yet”. I love it!! I teach Kindergarten, and I am a firm believer in the poster that hangs outside my classroom door: “Childhood should be a journey, not a race”. It is okay to make mistakes because that is how we learn things. We all need to remember that we do not all learn things at the same time. Have a great year!

    Elaine Walsh



  3. Christine
    Sep 04, 2017 @ 17:30:20

    Have followed your blog since you started and constantly refer back to posts to use in my kindergarten room! I’m printing the “Yet” quote to hang outside my classroom door tomorrow…thanks for sharing!


  4. Colleen B
    Sep 05, 2017 @ 09:54:28

    Dear Kindergarten Nana, I started following your blog LONG ago when my son was a kindergartner, and I was looking for ideas to do things with him at home on the weekends. He’s now in fifth (FIFTH!) grade but I still follow your blog because it brings me such joy. I love to see the activities you do with your grandchildren! Your posts are so charming, remind me of when my son was small, and make me look forward to being a grandmother someday too!  Thanks for continuing to share your ideas. I just love them, and someday they’ll be applicable in my life again! Until then, you’re teaching me too  Warmly,  Colleen Bullock From: Kindergarten Nana To: Sent: Monday, September 4, 2017 6:50 AM Subject: [New post] Another Year, Another Kindergartner! #yiv2559808214 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2559808214 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2559808214 a.yiv2559808214primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2559808214 a.yiv2559808214primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2559808214 a.yiv2559808214primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2559808214 a.yiv2559808214primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2559808214 | dbsenk posted: “This little girl is starting Kindergarten!I have been blessed to care for her while her Mommy worked for the past five years.  I know she’s ready – of course she is dazzlingly smart, brilliantly beautiful, and astoundingly kind.  She just turned five ” | |


    • dbsenk
      Sep 05, 2017 @ 13:15:38

      Thank you Colleen, you certainly made my day! I am so blessed to be able to be part of my grandchildren’s lives, but I loved teaching and miss it. Your kind words made me feel like I am still a teacher!


  5. veronica COLEMAN
    Sep 20, 2017 @ 10:45:27

    Love your five senses blog. I am following your lead with my preschool class at the moment. Can I ask if the book you have for Nora’s bithhday available to print and make. I think it would be lovely to add to our library.


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