Comedy Highlights from Room K-1!
Kindergarten is fertile ground for harvesting a crop of cute anecdotes!
by Sue Gruber, M.A.
Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers www.bgrubercourses.com
Regular contributor to the Gazette
May 1, 2009
The minute I turn the calendar to May, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! The promise of summer is here! It’s easy to get bogged down with all the “must do” work that comes with the end of the school year. I could probably even start to get worked up about everything I need to do for next year. No…instead of any of that, it’s time to reflect on the things that happened this year that made me laugh until I cried!
A very earnest kindergarten girl told me that the best thing about my classroom was my Barack Obama puzzle. Of course I had no idea what she was talking about. She grabbed me by the hand and pulled me over to the puzzle shelf and pointed to a Martin Luther King, Jr. puzzle. Without missing a beat, she then pointed to the George Washington puzzle and said that she liked the John McCain puzzle too!
I found a bunch of pilgrim stickers in my file cabinet during the month of November. Thrilled with my discovery, I decided to buzz around the room and stick them on children’s journal pages as they finished writing. One of my little boys clapped as he gazed at the sticker. He turned to me beaming and said that he’d been hoping for a vampire sticker [like that]!
One of my beginning writers was sharing his journal with the class. He got stuck rereading what he’d written. As you know, all primary teachers are naturals at deciphering “transitional” spelling. I figured I wouldn’t be an exception to that rule. However, this time I truly was stumped. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what this child had written. Luckily, he brightened up and loudly announced, “Oh, Ms. Gruber, you don’t know how to read yet either! That’s why you’re still in kindergarten!”
During April our sharing topic was special people. One of my students shared her grandfather, a retired San Francisco firefighter. The grandfather told a variety of exciting stories about his job. His repertoire included an action-packed story about a time when he saved a cat from a burning building and then went back in to rescue a basket full of kittens. To wrap up sharing, he and the child took some questions from the spellbound audience. I expected questions about fires. Silly me, all of the questions were about the basket that held the kittens!
What color was the basket?”
Was the basket special?”
Can we see the basket?”
Sue Gruber taught the upper grades for years. In a moment of wild abandon, she decided to take the plunge and teach the grade she feared most—kindergarten! Sue just wrapped up her eleventh year in kindergarten and loves it. Who knows, the next grade level change might be to sixth grade!
Sue Gruber and Barbara Gruber, a mother-daughter writing team, have created dozens of products for Frank Schaffer Publications, Scholastic, The Education Center and other publishers. Barbara is a former teacher who was employed by Frank Schaffer Publications from l980 to l996. She developed and presented curriculum seminars nationwide for K-6 teachers.
Sue and Barbara launched Barbara Gruber Online Courses for Teachers in 2002. They personally write each course with today’s students and busy teachers in mind. Teachers can do coursework completely on their own, or, if they wish, interact on line with others. They can earn one, two or three semester units from University of the Pacific. Barbara and Sue provide practical strategies and ideas that can be put into action immediately without creating more work for teachers. Barbara and Sue have created exactly what teachers are looking for—teacher-friendly courses at affordable prices. You can find out about their courses at www.bgrubercourses.com
Sue teaches full time, manages Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers and loves writing for the Teachers.Net Gazette. She lives in Sonoma County with her husband and son. Barbara consults for Barbara Gruber Courses for Teachers; however, she has “retired” from the business. Retirement for Barbara means she’s busier than ever in Healdsburg, California on a 25-acre working farm called Healdsburg Country Gardens. She and her husband are grape growers for local wineries, have three guest houses for visitors and host wine country weddings.