To Endings, Transitions, and New Beginnings
- Grades: PreK–K
It’s the end of the school year, and to kick off summer vacation, our classroom became the O.K. (Over Kindergarten) Ranch and Corral. To prepare my students for the long break, I created a calendar of summer bridge activities to give to parents. And to get ready for next year, I got some great advice from some surprise stars.
Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again
We started our day on the ranch with an appropriate morning message.
Entertainment included square dancing ("Grab your pardners!"), horseback riding and racing ("Yee-haw!"), and a voice guessing game ("Hi, cowhand!").
The little buckaroos and cowpokes lined up horses and cows in alphabetical and numerical order.
While we sat around the campfire, we made s’mores, chewed beef jerky, munched on Jolly Ranchers and Cool Ranch Doritos, and slugged down root beer. Ooh, doggy, those were some good fixins! Afterwards, we told scary stories.
By the bye, we lay in our sleeping bags and had a look-see at the starry ceiling.
When nature called, we cut a path to the outhouse lickety-split.
View my summer booklist for books about the Wild West and summer in general.
It’s Summertime, and the Livin’ Is Easy
It’s easy, but is it educational? Don’t let your students slip into forgetfulness this summer. Give them a way to apply all they learned as kindergartners with a simple, one-goal-a-day calendar of summer bridge activities that will provide a smooth transition to 1st grade. Download my calendar to give to parents, or make your own.
. . . except for the promise of a fresh, new beginning. You can start the year off right with some timeless tips that are easy to remember and easy to follow. I asked Miss Bindergarten’s creators, Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff, if they had any advice to help my readers be as good at teaching as Miss Bindergarten is. Joseph Slate responded, “Kindness is all. Patience, too.” He received these words of wisdom from an old college professor, and considers the motto good life advice. Ashley Wolff says, “Any goal is possible if one follows the three Ps: Practice, Patience, and Perseverance.” Ms. Wolff passionately wanted to be an artist when she was five, and achieved that dream with a steady application of the three Ps . . . so she says not to forget the fourth P — Passion!
A Great Big Thanks
Sadly, this is my last blog post for Scholastic. I am grateful to Kathy Walsh and the Scholastic team for giving me the opportunity to shine. I would like to thank those staff members of C.P. Squires who offered me support and praise for all my hard work and success. Most of all I want to thank my sweet and generous students for being so willing to do whatever I asked, without question and without complaint. Thanks also to my family for their help with every aspect of blog writing and technical work. And lastly . . . I thank you, my loyal readers, for giving me a reason to write, and for showing that you valued and appreciated my ideas by reading them every week. You are the best!
Have a hog-killin’ summer!