Monday, September 28, 2015

Scholars at Work

It was a tough morning in kindergarten.
After all the effort it took to cut out that ear, the glue stick wouldn't let go.
Every station had a challenge.... like scissors.
Some of the friends in the classroom had the skill down pat.
They knew how to hold the paper 
and turn the paper  
although some had to stand to do so. 
Make no mistake,
this was serious business. 
The story featured a mouse
and cutting the M was the straight part of the task. 
It was those pesky eyeballs and noses and ears, all those round shapes, that gave us the most trouble.
I'd never considered the pedagogy behind this kind of exercise, but watching the scholars zip through some pieces and struggle with others gave me time to ponder.
"Thumbs up" was the most frequent reminder needed.
Some of the kids just didn't have the coordination yet.
Neither did Big Cuter, who failed scissors in Senior Kindergarten, 
and who, as I went on to tell the strugglers, is now a lawyer.

The glue stick was also an issue.
It really liked the taste or the texture or the personality of the paper because it often refused to let go.
One of the scholars thought he'd try the up-in-the-air approach.
We had fun describing adhesion and friction and the need for a solid base - for glue and for life.

Then there was coloring
leaving no white spaces because in this room we color the whole picture.

Finally, there was showing off the finished product. 

This teacher is creating Americans, one letter of the alphabet at a time.


  1. Boys have the hardest time with scissors and other fine motor skills. Just takes them a bit longer to get the knack of it.

  2. OMG, so darn cute! Having a kindergartener myself, I can attest to the fact that using scissors is not that easy for this age group (hence why they have scissors made especially for them). ;)

    LOVE the Ben's Bell's T-shirts.

    Love what GRIN is doing with the schools in your area. Wish we had something like GRIN here in the DC area.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Megan xxx

    1. The t-shirts are the school's own design - they incorporated the guiding principles, of which Ben's Bells is one. Find me a retiree, and we'll get GRIN going.


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