Swoop into Kindergarten

life in kindergarten at Laguna Blanca

First Annual Dads and Dogs!

Today we celebrated and honored our dads with a fun afternoon I called “Dads and Dogs,” hot dogs that is! In preparation for this special event, students painted a ceramic pencil holder. What dad wouldn’t love this on his desk?!



The students also wrote books for their dads, which they read aloud one by one.


Some of my favorite sentences were:

When my dad is driving he does business.

I love it when my dad tickles me.

My dad makes me laugh when he disobeys his own rules.

My dad taught me how to feed my fish.

My dad taught me how to ride a quad.

My dads favorite thing to do is watch soccer on the couch.

So very precious!


After eating the hot dogs and chili beans, we broke up into teams for a friendly game of t-ball.


I hope the dads enjoyed the day as much as I did! Happy Father’s Day to all you terrific dads out there!

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Super Storage Idea

As we are wrapping up this year, I am starting to think about September and the arrival of the new kindergarten class. September’s class will be larger than this years’ class, so I need to be very organized. In looking at my Reading Pond, I noticed that the green beanbags take up a lot of real estate in that corner of the classroom. I went on Pintrest to search for clever storage/seating ideas and here is what I found….

pond crates

I couldn’t wait to get started! I purchased these colorful milk crates at Land of Nod. The fabric I purchased is a laminated cotton…oilcloth would work as well. Next, my husband John, cut pieces of wood to fit over the top of the crates. Once the wood was cut, I cut the fabric to match. I cut pieces of a mattress pad to fit under the fabric so there is a little cushion. Then using a staple gun, I stapled the fabric to the underside of the wood. Viola! Instant storage/chair! (I have decided to store all of my books on cd in these crates!  They work perfectly!)

I asked the students what they thought of their new Reading Pond chairs, and they said they loved them! Practical and cute!

reading pond

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