It takes a watchful eye to manage 28 kindergartners. For everyone to be happy, the teacher needs to know when and how to intervene when students need help getting along.
This morning Zaria and Sophia were playing in the Lego area. Zaria had a little Lego monkey, but she did not want to share it with Sophia. Sophia clearly wanted it and explained that it had been her monkey first. I could see they needed help. I explained to Zaria that having a friend is better than having a toy. I suggested that she share the monkey with Sophia with the request that when Sophia was done that she would return it to her. This worked and they played amicably the rest of the play time.
Later, I used the incident as a simple math lesson.
"If Zaria had five toy monkeys and she gave three of them to Sophia, how many monkeys would Zaria have?"
"Two," came the answer everyone knew.
"And" raise your hand if you know this answer, "How many friends would she have?" I asked. A sea of hands went up for this easy answer. I called on Luke.
"Twenty eight," he said.