Patchwork pumpkins, rolling down the hill......do you get to play with paper and glue at your job? The best part of this lesson was the lead-in literature, one of my fav books, The Runaway Pumpkin. The text is rhythmic and builds in speed, as the pumpkin's journey takes on epic proportions.
I love to teach with/from/around/through books. In my wildest dreams, I am a successful author and illustrator of children's books; I get to visit classrooms of five- and six-year-olds, taking them on a 45 minute journey of imagination. In reality, I have the privilege of guiding and nurturing a group of children through all aspects of learning, five days a week. I LOVE my job. Truly, the only thing better about my wildest dream is probably the pay. :-)
Thankfulness is on most of our minds this week. Today, I realized that I am smack in the middle of exactly where I want to be. If I were doing anything else, I'd be pondering how to get to where I now am, in the heart of kindergarten. It is the absolute center of gravity, the top of the mountain, for me.
Thanksgiving, 2010....I thank God for introducing me to the amazing children in Room K.
(Also, "Thanks!" to Michaele Sommerville for sharing the patchwork pumpkin idea!)