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Top Five Reasons I Love Teaching Kindergarten

Updated on April 7, 2013

What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

I remember being asked what I want to be when I grow up when I was in kindergarten. I remember looking at my teacher with a puzzled expression and saying "A teacher". I thought that was such a strange question. Even at the age of five I knew I wanted to teacher. I couldn't even think of another alternative. I did not take the traditional college route after graduating high school. It took me nearly twelve years to get my undergraduate degree in early childhood education, but I was determined to do whatever it took to make my dream of becoming a teacher come true. Learning how to be a teacher had it's ups and downs and there were times when I wanted to quit. I am so glad that I didn't! Becoming a teacher is one of the most rewarding and challenging things I have ever done.

My first job straight out of college was teaching kindergarten. I loved those kids like they were my own. Unfortunately my position was cut at the end of the year and I had to be moved. The following year I was placed in preschool where I taught four year old kindergarten. While teaching preschool children is definitely rewarding, it is also exhasting. I don't get paid much, I work a lot of extra hours, my efforts sometimes seem unappreciated, and I spend hundreds of dollars every year on my students, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I love teaching kindergarten!

Here are the top five reasons that I love teaching kindergarten.

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Making A difference

Number One

Kindergarteners Are Eager To Please

It has been my experience that students between the ages of four and six are really eager to please their teachers. This is especially true if they feel like their teacher loves and respects them. I tell my students every single day how much I love them and how special they are. This not only makes them feel good about themselves, but it also benefits me in several ways. I am rewarded with hugs and kind words like "You're the best teacher". It also motivates my students to want to succeed. That means that if I am excited about something, they are excited too. They work hard to learn the material I am teaching and they are so proud of themselves when they've accomplished a task. It warms my heart to see their smiling faces as they hold up a project they are proud of, or tell me something they have learned that day.

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Student Teaching

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Everything Is New And Exciting

When teaching kindergarteners everything you teach them is new. It's really fun to teach children about things they've never thought of before. I get to see the light bulb go off as they make connections to new materials. I can't even describe the feeling I get the first time one of my students recognizes a new word while reading a book or walking down the hallway. Their face lights up as they realize that they are learning to read. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

It's also really fun to come up with fun and interactive lessons. Since kindergarteners need to learn so much, I try to come up with activities that will engage them and make learning really fun. I figure that if they are having fun, they will retain the information and be eager to continue learning.

Great Teacher Resources

There are a lot of teacher resources out on the market, but these are just a few that really helped me.

The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader
The Next Step in Guided Reading: Focused Assessments and Targeted Lessons for Helping Every Student Become a Better Reader

This has been the most helpful book I've found so far. It provides and easy guide for teaching guided reading groups. It also features lesson plan templates, and pacing suggestions. I love this book.

What Are the Other Kids Doing While You Teach Small Groups?: The Answer to Every Teacher's Question [WHAT ARE THE OTHER KIDS DO -OS]
What Are the Other Kids Doing While You Teach Small Groups?: The Answer to Every Teacher's Question [WHAT ARE THE OTHER KIDS DO -OS]

This is a good book full of ideas for what other students can be doing when you are teaching small group guided reading. It has some great ideas.

Differentiated Literacy Centers: 85 + Leveled Activities-With Reproducible Planning Sheets and Student Pages-to Support Centers in Fluency, Reading Comprehension, and Word Study
Differentiated Literacy Centers: 85 + Leveled Activities-With Reproducible Planning Sheets and Student Pages-to Support Centers in Fluency, Reading Comprehension, and Word Study

Differentiation seems to be the key to teaching to each child's individual needs. This book give activity ideas and organizational ideas that will help differentiate literacy centers.

Fire Department
Fire Department

Number Three

I Am Making A Difference

I am making a huge difference in the lives of my kindergarteners. I try to give them experiences that will have a lasting impact on their lives. I firmly believe that first hand experiences are the best way to teach a child. Since budget cuts don't allow for many field trips, I have to come up with other experiences to offer them.

A few times I decided to hatch eggs in my classroom. We set up the incubator, candled the eggs, watched the chicks and ducks hatch, and cared for the birds after they hatched. This was prabably a once in a lifetime experience for these kids. When they are grown many of them won't remember me, but they will always remember that they got to watch chicks and ducks hatch, and help take care of them. Those are the kinds of experiences I want to leave with my students. It is truly amazing to know that I am making an impact on them that will last the rest of their lives.


Number Four

Kindergarteners Are Funny And They Think I'm Funny

Kindergarteners say really funny things. Sometimes they do it on purpose, but most of the time they don't. Even if they don't say something funny, sometimes they just do something funny. One day a student was wiping down the table. Another teacher said to them "You need to use some elbow grease". So the student put the rag down and began wiping the table with his elbow! I laughed so hard I could hardly contain myself. These kinds of moments make my job worth while. You just never know what these kids will do or say. They are also desperate to compliment their teacher. One day as I was walking down the hall a student said to me "I like your chicks....and I like your hair".

Kindergarteners also don't judge me when I make a fool out of myself. I can get up and dance, sing, make faces and all sorts of crazy things and they just think I'm hilarious. Any adult would think I'm crazy, but they kids think it's great. It is really fun to act like a five year old sometimes. I'm not ashamed to make a fool of myself as long as my students are learning from it!

Number Five

They Believe Everything You Say

My kindergarteners believe every single thing I tell them. This makes life easy for me because they don't question the content I am teaching. Sometimes their parents will come and tell me a story about how their children corrected them on a subject because Mrs. Hainey told them something different. Sometimes I like to have fun with this and tell me kids little white lies. For example I told my kids that I'm the best teacher ever and they whole heartedly believe me. I also told them that I am 99 years old, when in reality I am only 33.

As children get older they not only become less gullable, but they also question facts. This is not a bad thing, but it makes teaching a little less fun.

Teaching Is Not Always Fun

But There's No Other Job I'd Want

Obviously there are some drawbacks to becoming a teacher. State and federal requirements are hard to meet and sometimes just plain inappropriate. The pay is ridiculously low and the work load is absurd, but if teaching is your passion, you will find joy it. I don't always like going to inservices, paying for supplies out of pocket, and giving five year olds standardized tests, but the positive impact that young children have on my life are much greater than the negatives that come with the job. I hope that I never tire of teaching and still have a spark inside me until the time comes to retire.

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      MISTY MASON 11 months ago from Sutherlin, Oregon

      Like you, I have always wanted to teach. Unfortunately I had pretty bad experience working for a church school. It is a preschool in the back of a church so it was a Christian preschool. It also had a daycare for little babies and toddlers. The problem was that I wanted to work with the pre school kids and there was a lot of kids that really liked me as a teacher. I even helped with the lesson plans before class started. I kept getting put in the babies class. I love babies but I wanted to help teach preschool not do daycare but she kept putting me with the babies. There was about four people and we took care of around twelve babies at the same time, from babies to toddlers. It was so hectic and even though I love little babies, that was too many for me at one time. So I asked her why I couldn't work with the preschoolers and she said because there was no people absent for the day for preschoolers. That happened a lot. I got to maybe work with the pre schoolers once a week if I was lucky. I wasn't happy so I had to quit. Hopefully I will find a school that will let me help teach. thanks for th amazing article. It is great that you love your job and kids.

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      McKenna Meyers 3 years ago from Bend, OR

      I had to wait until my last year in college before I met the teacher who really made a difference in my life, Ellen Lange. She was the first teacher who really took an interest in me, my thoughts, and my writing. You sound like a wonderful teacher who makes that special connection with each child. They're lucky to have you!

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      SanHolo 5 years ago

      I still remember my kindy teachers. Not how they look like, not what their names are, but the impact they made on me.

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      denetraharris 5 years ago

      The teachers (2 of them) that made a difference in my life was my college professors. They both believed that I would make it in my profession and life and I did. Thanks Prof. Wilson & the late Prof. Joseph.

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      Perrin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I had several teachers who made a difference in my life...too much to tell here. My son is currently in PK4, and his teacher is amazing. She has made a huge difference in my son's life this year. He had a sad experience last year, and his current teacher turned it around in the first day. The things y'all have to put up with!!! PK4 teachers are truly heroes, in my eyes! My son loves going to school and hugs his teacher every day. I hope you get lots of hugs, too, because you deserve them!

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      lensmania 5 years ago

      great story..

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      I salute you for being a teacher :) Great lens!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      nice lens. I believe teachers really help their students on who they want to be in the future.

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      My daughter is training to be an early childhood teacher. Your story is beautiful. I will get her to read it.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      I was older than Kindergarten when I had teachers that were kind enough to remember. With a teacher like you, there surely are children that are saying "I want to be a Teacher when I grow up" in your class, and one day they will be. You sound like a joy! Congrats on a wonderful page and LOTD!

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      omegaraj 5 years ago

      I am 28 now, and i still remember the name of my kindergarten teacher, they are always so special. A special thanks to them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      more the other way around...I woke them up

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      Margarita Boettcher 5 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      My second grade teacher, Mrs.Videl! I have a family full of teachers. My oldest son is almost done with his degree. He is going to be a 6th grade teacher. Congrats. Great Lens!

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      Margarita Boettcher 5 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      My second grade teacher, Mrs.Videl! I have a family full of teachers. My oldest son is almost done with his degree. He is going to be a 6th grade teacher. Congrats. Great Lens!

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      Those who had a favorite teacher, or one who positively impacted their lives are fortunate. That was lacking from my schooldays. You're doing great!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Congratulations - you are obviously a passionate educator and very fortunate to have known your best career so early. Your students and their parents are very lucky.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your students are fortunate to have you as a teacher. Thanks for sharing this lens with us.

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      vinopete 5 years ago

      How nice and personal! Well done.

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      geoffhoff 5 years ago

      Many, many of them, in grade school, Jr. high, high school and in college. And even as a working adult, I have found teachers (formal and not so formal) that have helped change my life.) I have been very lucky to have had so many exceptional teachers in my life.

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      Vera-S 5 years ago

      Yes, a few. Teacher can make a huge difference in a childs life.

      Congratulation on a LOTD. Great lens.

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      Keeah 5 years ago

      I teach/do therapy for autistic children one on one. I have to say I do love working with kids under the age of five. The age when they can be motivated by tickles or picking them up and spinning them.

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      praise God for allowing you to work in a position you love, and do you know what I believe those children will always remember you. pastor jimbarnes

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      makorip lm 5 years ago

      In Junior High I had a teacher who believed in me. How lucky I was.

      Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Ana Dilber 5 years ago

      I am a teacher in elementary school, and I just love teaching. But, yes, I also had a teacher in kindergarten who made a difference. She was really nice. I have nice memories of her.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, and kindergarten teachers have that special touch that let kindergartens know that they're somebody special. And, YOU are the perfect example that kindergarten teachers don't always have to be over 55! Thanks for a great lens!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes, many. Being a teacher is a very important job. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I had a couple. Really respect your passion for the job. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      stick-man lm 5 years ago

      I was homeschooled up to tenth grade. I loved my mom as a teacher (but don't think i got away with bad behavior in her class!!). =)

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      suzyjahi 5 years ago

      Great Lens!! Continue to be the best Teacher you can be! Thanks for sharing

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Fabulous lens (from a fellow teacher). I loved my 1st, 2nd, and 6th grade teachers. They were amazing. I also loved my HS English teacher (which is what I ended up teaching).

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I had a few teachers that I remember for making a difference in my life. What a wonderful age group you work with, and with your fun attitude it's no wonder you love your job - and that your children love you. Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Hi! I like no. 5 - "They Believe Everything You Say". once in my life I taught math for 9th grade... they don't want to hear what the teacher said... so I totally understand your passion for kindergarten... great lens.

      Congrats for purple star and LOTD

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Loved your lens! If I were a little kid again, I would want to be in your classroom :)

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your LotD. I have not thought of my teachers for some time, thanks for reminding me of the wonderful times and caring teachers that I had.

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      MassageTherapyNJ 5 years ago

      Great article! You are clearly a dedicated teacher and care about the well-being of your students very much. You are definitely making a difference in many kids' lives! I am a Massage Therapist, and my clients range from the young to the elderly. We also do Spa Parties for kids. Kids learn every moment. We're always setting an example for them. But as a teacher, you are responsible for making a difference more than any other person outside a kid's family! I had a few great teachers who really cared. I was lucky to have that experience.

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      worldflashpacker 5 years ago

      What an inspiring lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      Your job sounds so rewarding and I love your passion for it. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I smiled all the way through this lens. It reminded me of so many of the children I have taught over the years. When you told them you were 99 years old, I remembered how I had my 2nd graders guess my age one time. I was, in reality, 23 years old. They guessed anywhere from the 50s on. Pretty wild. Children are such a joy and teachers are my true heroes. Congrats on LotD! May you continue to find great fulfillment, delight, and joy in your teaching mission for many years to come (that would make you about 135 when you retire given that you're already 99). :-)

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      KyraB 5 years ago

      My Mom has been my teacher ever since I was little (home schooled) so yes I have most definitely have a teacher that has made a difference in my life and continues to do so. Congratulations on the well-deserved purple star and LoTD! I really enjoyed reading your article :)

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      missBorokwa 5 years ago

      well done. i homeschooled and my mom was an excellent teacher:)

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      missBorokwa 5 years ago

      well done. i homeschooled and my mom was an excellent teacher:)

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on LotD! Wonderful lens. :)

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      because children are our future...I love this lens;children do need good guidance in life, also good schools; well done; congrats on LOTD

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      tracy4 lm 5 years ago

      First of all congratulations on your lens and for winning LOTD. I would even like to go further more and congratulate all grade school teachers for the work that you all do putting up with all kinds of kids good or bad now as a grown man with 3 kids of my own made me not just appreciate my parents but even more so my teachers that put up with me when i was a young boy.

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      anne mohanraj 5 years ago

      Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      I'm a former kindergarten teacher. Now I am homeschooling my own 7 children. Congrats on LOTD. Your lens brought back fond memories of my days as a public school teacher, but I wouldn't trade being home teaching my own kids for anything.

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      I too knew as a young child that what I wanted to do was to be a teacher. I have found that my favorite grade to teach is First Grade but Kindergarten is second. The other day I had a child look up at me with a beaming face and say, "I can read!" That is what makes up for the low pay and all the hassles. Congratulations on LOTD! :)

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      Zienna1 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your lens and for winning the LOTD. One of my teacher in the university could have make a difference if I didn't remove her from her job. I'm just doing my job too and during that time I was told to obey and delegate. I was in my last year in the university and being the Internal Vice President of the student council. My job was to make sure rules are implemented at the school. I was summoned by the Dean of College to do what's best for the students and the integrity of the school. All I have to do was make a letter of petition declaring her unfit for work and signed by all the students from the teaching department. She lost her job. I became a high school teacher myself and always remember that incident. It became my first and foremost rule for myself not to practice tardiness for 55 of my students rely on me with regards to their learning. i was so upset and told my Dad about it, and all he said to me was and I quote' Like father, like daughter'. I'm not teaching anymore but I devoted my time teaching my children and volunteering at our school making sure they too will be properly taught and motivated.

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      I'm back to say Congratulations on LOTD! Very well deserved!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I admire you and give you Kudos for loving your job, this is the way it should be! Unfortunately no teacher affected me and that's sad, especially kindergarten... I only remember the strikes with a ruler by Nuns.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      First of all a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your lens and for winning as the LOTD, I can say all of the teachers I had in my School years are all great, but this particular College teacher of mine holding a Master's degree in Behavioral Science gave a special attention to my college life, I know teachers must always do that to every student but the privilege she gave on me was outstanding. I am always inspired with her subject and lessons as she always asked me on classroom besides i got a lot of classmates.

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      Tamara14 5 years ago

      You know, as fabulous as all of your five points are I love the latest statement even more :) The moment you realize you'd never do anything else with your life no matter how challenging it is, then you'll know for sure you're among so few people in this world who are blessed with their jobs. Thank you for sharing your passion.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Congratulations on LOTD I have already liked and blessed this lens before :(

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't remember a particular teacher who made a difference to me. But the interesting thing about my association with teachers is that I was surrounded by them. I have 10 brothers and sisters, several of whom are teachers...and my mother was a teacher, too.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Yes, I had a couple of wonderful teachers - my high school English teacher (Mrs. Clifton) was strict, but fair, and I think I learned more from her than any other teacher. Then, in college, one of my English professors, Dr. Magee, was more encouraging than any other teacher I ever had!

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      hmommers 5 years ago

      Congratulations on the LotD !!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I was home schooled, so my teacher was my mother, so I'd like to say she did. ;) Wonderful lens - I always love seeing people write about their passion, especially when they've turned their passion for helping others, one way or another, into a career!

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      Loretta Livingstone 5 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Yes, I did. It aounds to me as if you will be one of those teachers who, their pupils remember fondly for decades. I had 2 teachers like that. I went back to see them several times when I left school. They inspired me and made a difference. I actually wrote a poem dedicated to one of them in my lens, Fire and Ice (I don't usually say the names on my lenses but that poem is something you may want to read, as it is relevant). Keep it up (as teachers say) you are doing splemdidly, and you ARE amking a difference. If I was an angel I would bless this lens. A lovely, heartwarming lens.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 years ago

      Probably the best part of kindergarten is everything is so new and exciting for the toddlers. Congratulation on being the LOTD and I enjoyed reading your lens. Cheersâ¦

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      Didijudy 5 years ago from Canada

      Yes, Ms Dubé, grade 5 teacher. Every time I see her, we try to have a coffee and chat away. Great lens and I am sure your students love you!! Great job!!

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations, this lens has been selected as Lens of the Day today. You can read all about it at SquidooHQ:

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You love teaching kindergarten and I love reading your lens.

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I am currently a preschool language assistant and I love it! The kids brighten up my day, even when I'm ill or feeling low. :-)

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Keep up the good work!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I did, but not in kindergarten... and I hope that I have been a teacher who made a difference too :)

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      yeah, and it's my grade school teacher, she inspired me to what I've become today

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      atsad141 5 years ago

      me too love it

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      chi kung 5 years ago

      yes I did, - I was lucky probably but I had several :) - that may be the reason why I ended up a teacher myself :)

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      EmmaBrown1 5 years ago

      It's great that you fulfilled your dream and love your job so much. Congrats on being LOTD :)

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      valentinaciao 5 years ago

      Life is so much amazing when you love what you do. It clearly shows how happy you are & so the children will definitely benefit from such a teacher. Good luck!

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      Success_At_School 5 years ago

      It's easy to see how much you love your job. Your students are very lucky!

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      Katyusha 5 years ago

      Congratulations on this sweet and adorable lens and LOTD. You are making a difference in every single live of this young children. You are truly original and first class. Congrats. Continue with the good and progressive ideas.!

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: Cant believe I spelled that wrong. His name was Tony Gillies.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      My standard 2 teacher - Tony Gilies. Standard 2 is equivalent to year 3 or grade 3 as I was 7 years old. School starts at age 5 in New Zealand.

      My sister has been a kindergarten teacher for the last 8 years. She loves her job, and I get to hear about some of the funny things her kids say and the things they do when we have our weekly chats.

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      Congrats on being chosen for LOTD!! My kindergarten teachers and my first grade teacher were the best! Very sweet ladies who made school fun and made me feel comfortable (I was an extreme introvert, and I moved from Nebraska to Louisiana right before kindergarten; therefore, the other kids thought I talked funny and made fun of me!) I am so glad you went back to school and pursued your education and your dream to teach. Congratulations on making a difference in the lives of very young children! Terrific lens.

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      Vicki 5 years ago from USA

      Congrats on being chosen for LOTD!! My kindergarten teachers and my first grade teacher were the best! Very sweet ladies who made school fun and made me feel comfortable (I was an extreme introvert, and I moved from Nebraska to Louisiana right before kindergarten; therefore, the other kids thought I talked funny and made fun of me!) I am so glad you went back to school and pursued your education and your dream to teach. Congratulations on making a difference in the lives of very young children! Terrific lens.

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      Meyani 5 years ago

      Nice...look like that you are really enjoy with what you are doing. congrat.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I think you are a Number one Five star Brilliant teacher. You made me so happy reading your lens.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My 6th grade teacher was wonderful and she helped us make the transition to middle school easier. My daughter is in PreKindergarten right now and she has a wonderful teacher...sounds a lot like you, actually. I'm glad you're so passionate about teaching and enjoying how children this age learn. The kids in your classes are blessed to have you.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I had a really tough time in school. I really hope my children have teachers that are passionate about life, children and teaching!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is so nice to like your job.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, I'm so glad to hear when people are truly passionate about teaching kids, and being a positive role model for them. I wish you all the best!

      I raise my 3 kids, and have 3, and one on the way. Plus, I did foster care, and took children into my home, who became a part of the family, and remain in our hearts.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Having a 3 year old grandson, and having raised 3 boys, and having two other older grandchildren, I would have to say that no matter what they are paying you, it isn't enough. Loving "your kids" as if they were your own, makes you a pretty good teacher in my book.

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I worked for many years in Special education! It was great fun, but not a long term career (It is very high stress) But along the way I had great fun, and hopefully made a difference

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      hmommers 5 years ago

      I am happy to say I had several teachers that made a difference in my life. It's so good of you to be so enthousiastic with your kids and teaching them all kinds of stuff. They will remember the eggs and I bet they will remember you too :-)

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I also teach young children (although not in a school setting) and it brings me joy everyday. Those photos really show how much you enjoy your job!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Too many to mention, they all had an impact. I still remember Miss Carr my very first teacher and a strict disciplinarian, she put the fear of God into us. We all learned a lot though! It was over 50 years ago now!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I did, I'll always remember Mrs Springman in grade 3 - she brought me out of my shell and taught me I was talented and that my contributions to the world had value. I still remember what she looked like, how she talked, her smile .. makes me tear up a bit. Great teachers are so precious.

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      joseph-sottile-16 5 years ago

      Kathleen, your photos and story is excellent!!! I taught elementary school for 33 years. I have an essay that you might really like, and two articles on Squidoo. Please visit them.

      Thank you...

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

      this lens let me recall my great teacher in my primary school. There is one time she scold us; but after 10 minutes, she explained the reason why she scold and guide us to do the right thing. During my study period, there are no teachers will do that after scold student except her.

      About your lens, I like you share your own story with your own photos. In fact, Squidoo likes this kind of lens presentation.

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      motobidia 5 years ago

      Having great teachers who love their job, makes a difference in how kids turn out. The Nobel laureate economist Simon Kuznets asserts that education is the only known sufficient condition for economic development at the macro level. Without it, or with poor education, all the other necessary conditions, such as median income, productivity, stature, etc., are rendered insufficient to sustain development.

      In an ideal world, teachers should be recognized with Wall Street level pay!

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I like teaching too! For me, it's great working with children. Grown ups can learn a lot from them! ^_^

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      Art Inspired 5 years ago

      Thanks for being a teacher. Make it a great day!

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      My 5th grade teacher Mr. Garlington. He was so cool and really was about helping his class learn and grow. I remember when my classmates and I threw him a big birthday party in his class. So much fun!

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      LilyBird 5 years ago

      Yes, Mrs. Kilpatrick my 3rd & 4th grade teacher. In the pictures you look like you're having a blast and I imagine the kids are too. Thanks for being a great teacher!


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