Let Them be Little: My Back to School Ramblings

The time has come my friends.  Summer is quickly coming to an end for me and before I know it I will be...


It is during the end of July early August that I start to think about myself as a teacher.  I think about the classes I have had and the lessons I have learned.  I start to prepare myself for the new year ahead. 

Tomorrow is the first day I will start to venture into my classroom and begin to do one of my favorite things, set up my room.  I swear it never gets old.  Every year I am as excited as I was the first year I set up my room.

But before I go back I wanted to spend a few minutes expressing my thoughts about being a kindergarten teacher.  So bare with me as I ramble (quite possibly having a lot of run on sentences) and share the number one thing I always try to keep in the forefront of my head as I work with these impressionable five and six year olds.  I always try to remember to...


Yes, that is right!  No matter what I have planned, or the activities we are going to do I always try to remember that these little humans I work with are in fact only five and six.    

So I always try to...
Let them be little
 let them play
let them move
let them ask questions
let them explore
 let them talk to their peers
let them socialize
let them problem solve
let them investigate
let them laugh
let them inquire
let them be excited for learning!

Being a kindergarten teacher is the absolute best!  We get them as babies, we get them first, we get to mold them and influence them, and help to shape their brilliant little minds.  

We leave the first impression of their school career.  That is a powerful thing.  I want to be the kindergarten teacher that taps into their excitement for learning.  My goal is to cater to their inquisitive minds and help them as they explore the world around them.

The start of the year is such an exciting time.  It is new, it is fresh, it is clean!  It is a blank new page that you get to write and create with your new group of kiddos. 

There is something to be said about the months of August and September.  The new school supplies, the new name tags, the new smiles...I could go on and on...

It is my favorite. 

This time of year always makes me appreciate my job!  I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love.

I could go on and on, but I think I will wrap it up for today. 
 Thank you for allowing me the chance to share my feelings.  I love this small part of the universe I have with my blog.  I love all the connections I have made with other teachers who love what they do as much as I do.  It's inspiring!

To all my teacher friends, I hope your end of summers are wonderful and I wish you a very Happy Back to School.  Your students are lucky to have you!

6 comments

  1. Hi Diana! Love this!!! You are so positive and enthusiastic. Childhood is such a magical time, and I completely agree that we need to remember how little they are and celebrate it! I hope you get off to a great start tomorrow!
    Marie
    Once Upon a Classroom: A Teacher's Tales

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    1. Aw, thank you Marie for your sweet words! It sure is a magical time. Thank you for taking the time to read through my ramblings, I hope your back to school set up is going well. Looking foward to seeing you soon! :)

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  2. I couldn't agree with you more!! Working with these little people each day makes me believe in magic!! Through their eyes, nothing is impossible and they are not afraid to use their imaginations when problem solving.
    Thank you so much for this great post, reminding us why what we as kindergarten teachers do is so important!! I had a really great time reading it, and found myself nodding along the whole time!
    I hope you have an amazing week and a wonderful start to the new school year!!

    Erin
    Kindergarten Dragons

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    1. Aw, thank you Erin! A kindergarten classroom is unlike any other classroom! :) Thank you for taking the time to read through my ramblings, haha. Thank you and I hope you have a great back to school as well!

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  3. Diana, I absolutely LOVE this!!! I feel the exact same way, and it is so encouraging to hear other K teacher share this idea! I love that kinder is where the excitement of learning can grow into a life long goal. It so amazing to see their little light bulbs go off and watch their eyes light up as they learn something new.
    I am always amazing by how much I grow as a person with each new year of 5 year olds. I think they teach me more than I do each and every year!
    Thank you so much for sharing this!!
    Kimberlee
    It’s Kinder Time

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  4. Kimberlee, thank you! Thank you for taking the time to read through my post and for the sweet words. It sure is amazing to see their light bulbs go off and watch their eyes light up. I feel the same way. :)

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