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Kinder Memories Part 1

Tabitha Helms

Working with kids always leads to a plethora of stories. I want to be able to remember the things that happen, so I thought I'd add them to my blog for your enjoyment as well. Last week I began my full-time student teaching. It's been an adventure to say the least! It has definitely been going well. I'm picking up very nicely, and have already had my supervising teacher say I am the most easygoing/natural student teacher she has ever had and that I must be comfortable around the kids. The morning kinder teacher told me I'm great at classroom management, which was a really nice compliment. That was the one thing I didn't think that I had done very well during the very first lesson I gave was keep good control of the classroom. I wasn't sure how much of that was me and how much of that was just the kindergarten environment.

Last week, I was collecting all the little things the kids bring in to share via the teacher. We usually take all of these things and put them aside for later when we have an extra five or ten minutes. This one little boy had brought in a really fat carrot that had come from his garden at home. He had been really excited about it, and was showing me that he had some kind of plant that he had brought in. I had no idea what it was for and hadn't seen the carrot attached to the leafy carrot top. I thought it was something my teacher had asked the students to bring in because earlier in the semester we had been collecting leaves for a fall project. I was looking the other direction, taking a paper from another student when I hear a student begin speaking right next to me. I looked up to see this little boy holding up his fat carrot at the front of the classroom as he announced that he brought a carrot. It completely took me by surprise because we don't share until later, yet there he was showing his carrot. You should have seen the way he was beaming from ear to ear. My instinct was to bust up laughing. It was just such a funny situation. And he was just so excited about that carrot!