Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Final Pre-retirement Mr. Kindergarten Blog Post

Teaching has been my life’s work and a most rewarding career. 

In all I’ve taught for about 37 years, 33 of them at Dunham School. 

Former students—some now adults—have been kind enough to tell me that I’m the best teacher they ever had. Surely others, equally kind, have spared me stories about my being the worst teacher they ever had. For the vast majority of my students, I surely fell somewhere in between.

When I came to school early Friday morning to close out the classroom. it was sad to see the bicycle shed in the jaws of a John Deere 444K High Lift and the jumble of kids' bicycles piled in a pickup bed to be taken to recycle town.


Out with the old

As I write this today, the wall between my classroom and the Community Room will be torn down. The kindergarten room where my teaching took place is no longer there. 

I enjoyed the goodbye picnic last Saturday. I brought along our Teardrop Trailer, made in Petaluma, to suggest how I’ll spend a good chunk of my time in retirement. 

Camping Mr. Kindergarten style



Teaching is a treasure



Our teardrop trailer at the camp.


Paddling the river between Duncans Mills and Jenner


Mostly we’ll camp along the Russian River at Duncans Mills Camping Club. We enjoy paddling this part of the river that in the summer months really amounts to a narrow, 4-mile long, shallow lake that slowly makes its way to Jenner. 

The six words on the base say it all


Saturday’s party culminated with the move of the Mr. Kindergarten sculpture to my front yard in Sebastopol where it now stands. The sculpture suggests the other activities I look forward to in retirement: bicycling (yes, slowly and in regular clothes), playing ukulele, and gardening. 

Happy trails!


Be well.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Carnival Tomorrow

Today was our second-to-last day in kindergarten. We had an art activity in place of the centers and it went so well that I think we'll have another go tomorrow before we go out to the carnival.

Lexi's grandma stayed through the first part of the morning, through snack, to lend a hand. It was good to have her help.

Mrs. Campbell was gave us one extra PE lesson.

They won't see Ms. Campbell till next school year.


While the class was outside we got their take-home grocery sacks ready to go. Inside there is a little stuffed animal or puppet that your child chose from among the kindergarten classroom collection that I've accumulated over the years.

Animals and puppets awaiting adoption
Our last regular day of kindergarten was a good one.

See you at the carnival tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Last Centers Today

We finished out the final set of centers today.

Tomorrow we will have art in its place and a special lesson in PE, courtesy of Mrs. Campbell. Send your child to school sturdy play shoes appropriate to PE.

Your child will come home tomorrow toting a grocery sack filled with kindergarten memorabilia. The names made of glued beans and of red-on-yellow construction paper will be inside along with the 2014 school yearbook and the end-of-the year progress reports folded inside a white business envelope.

Look for a bag like this.


There will be one more day of school after tomorrow, the big school Carnival put on by the PTO.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Bicycle's Last Hurrah

This was the last day for bikes in kindergarten this year.


Mrs. Zell assembled us for a photo.



And... she took this movie, if I can figure out how to add it to the blog:


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Worth a Read

This might be worth reading:

A third grader studies Poseidon

Last Bike Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Monday, is the last bike day in kindergarten.

Remember to bring in a bike and a helmet tomorrow so your child can take part.