SOL 19: Kindergarteners Say What They Think

March 19, 2011

This past week, I just kept cracking up at the innocent things kindergartener students kept saying. I would share my  little story with different staff members, creating delight and laughter. So get ready to smile.

Thursday, I entered Mrs. B’s kindergarten classroom to work with two of her boys. Mrs. C, the assistant, had just walked in behind me. Being St. Patrick’s Day, Mrs. C had on a green sweater. I wore my bright green designed shirt. As Mark came towards me, his eyes grew big in amazement.  I could tell he was thinking of something special to say. “Why, Mrs. G, you have on a green shirt like Mrs. C.” I chuckled to myself and smiled. He didn’t realize it was St. Patrick’s Day and green was everywhere. 

On Friday, another kindergartener saw me and called, “Mrs. T, Mrs. T.” When I didn’t answer, he came over and said, “Mrs. T, I said ‘Hello’.”  Mrs. T works in our school office.

“Hello, Brad. Remember, I’m Mrs. G, not Mrs. T,” I corrected. Brad looked at me from head to toe and proceeded to say, “Ohhhh, well you look like Mrs. T.” Brad paused for a second and added, “I guess you are Mrs. G when you are not working and Mrs. T when you are.” I stared back, chuckling. What did he think I did all day? Change disguises?

When the Wind Stops

March 19, 2011

Charlotte Zolotow uses questions to help the reader draw conclusions.  When the Wind Stops by Charlotte Zolotow: Book CoverYoung children have inquisitve minds.  They want to know, to learn how things work. In this book, When the Wind Stops, a young child asks his mother questions about life around him.  Stefano Vitale‘s paintings creates a snapshot of a child’s imagination.

The text takes you though a time line of daily events.  I have found that children often think they need to write about big events in their lives, when the every day activity holds a story.  This rich text is an example of just that – learning from every day life and using your imagination to create more than what is really there.

Savorings for reading and in writing for When the Wind Stops:

  • Setting lead – color description
  • Time line of daily events
  • Wondering book – questions are asked
  • Circular or Cause/Effect movement – from here to there, and there to another place; something ends means beginning something new
  • Teacher Resources – Charlotte Zolotow’s daughters set up her website, which is filled with resources.  The pictures are wonderful for the children to see.