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  • I recoiled my footsteps as I walked past the kindergarten class adjoining our kindergarten class. I wasn't sure If I read the grease board correctly. It was Learning Centers, or free choice time for the kindergarteners, so I entered, grabbed a quick picture and stopped to ask the other teachers why they had the words "cow" and "bird" written on their board.

    The other teachers explained that they had a first time visitor to their bird feeder today and as a class had taken note of the peculiar bird sighting. I too, took note of the peculiar sightings, both the words and the bird.

    That is the way that it is when you teach kindergarten. You must be ready for anything, but most of all the unexpected. You will wipe bottoms, dry tears, discipline, encourage, wrap pulled teeth, sing songs, play games, teach the life long love or at least skill of reading. You will raise fish and butterflies, make a mess with paint and applesauce, settle disputes, foster affection and respect, empower choices, share the swingset, and dance like no one is watching... you do everything. But what you will do the most of is make mistakes. Kindergarten is all about making mistakes, because mistakes are how we learn. And don't forget to leave room for the unexpected.
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