If you've been following MMMB this summer, you know that I have adopted a new mantra for the year. Every time I start to feel overwhelmed with the standards that my kindergarten students need to achieve by the end of the year, I simply remind myself to:
For the second time in 2 years, I have a little boy entering kindergarten and it is REALLY hitting home with me that, as smart as he is, the structure of school and learning is going to be an overwhelming new world for him. He is the sweetest little thing (see him below, so cooperatively demonstrating a classroom management technique I use at the beginning of the year-the "monkey face") but wants to please and do things the "right" way. Although he may not represent the majority of 5 year olds, I know he is like many, and my question is how do we make sure that children with this type of personality feel successful and happy in their new world?
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