Some days, my class is as calm as a lake in mid-summer.
Other days, I ride the waves of a stormy kindergarten sea.
Can you relate?
We are learning about weather. I'm intrigued by the comparisons I am finding between my students and certain weather conditions. Most of my kiddos are extroverts and we've reached that time of year where I can see the sparks flying. Lightning! I wish I were referring only to those moments of brilliant academic insight, but I'm also speaking of behavior that causes friction. This year, I have a high ratio of impulsive friends in my roster. One child will gain control over a certain behavior just as another develops a new trick. This is making me a bit dizzy, and I want to beg and plead with preschool teachers everywhere-"Please, continue to place a high priority on social and emotional development!". We all know that kindergarten standards are being raised around the country, but I'm not asking for increased academic progress in preschool....I'm just pointing out that children need opportunities to play together, to solve problems, to talk it out.
You may be wondering what type of lightning and rain is occurring; imagine tackle hugs, spitting, rolling on the floor, arguing about every.little.thing.under.the.sun, temper tantrums. Yes, temper tantrums! This is a first for me, in kindergarten.
As my year has progressed, I've added more time to explore together and play. This has helped, yet, I have two workbooks to complete and an approaching week of Terra Nova testing. We have only 40 remaining days of school! I'm hoping to add sunshine to the raindrops that have fallen amongst my little friends. Maybe we will get a rainbow, after all!