What I Have in Common with a Kindergartner

June 25, 2014
Today I'll be confessing some ways in which I'm just like a kindergartner.  People often suggest that I take a job in 4th or 5th grade if those types of jobs are available and ones in the early grades are not.  I know that my heart lies with the young kids in kindergarten through second grade, though.  Maybe part of the reason is because I have a lot in common with the students I teach!

*I like to color, as do the majority of kindergarten kids.  I can let my mind wander and just relax when I do it.  Usually I'm coloring a decoration for the classroom or an example of a craft that the kids can look to as they make their own, and since I'm attempting to find a teaching job there will likely be lots of coloring in my future. :)

* Rest time!  When I have to wake up really early, I find myself very sluggish right after lunch, which is when the kids at the school I worked for last year had their rest time.  On my days off, if I wake up early and am feeling tired halfway through the day, a short rest always makes me feel more refreshed.  When I was teaching I liked rest time, because it was a quiet time to monitor students' individual progress and to assess students' one at a time.

* I prefer shoes that don't tie.  All of my favorite shoes are flats with no laces or sandals with straps.

* I get excited over the little things!  I love how the kids get SO excited over little treats or fun units.  On the last day of school this year, the PTO provided a lunch for the kids and they got to eat it in their classroom with me instead of in the cafeteria.  When the students got to do that they said things like, "This is the best day ever!" or "This is so cool.  We never got to eat lunch in our OWN classroom before!"  I, too, get unusually pumped about things that might not be that exciting to other people like when I get a gift from a swap in the mail or get to try out a new restaurant.

* I thoroughly enjoyed Frozen and am not sick of it.  The kids were so obsessed with that movie, that some teachers asked them to stop singing the songs.  I didn't mind it at all when the kids sang them, probably because the songs were also stuck in my head!

* Snacking.  I usually eat regular meals, but I sometimes get light-headed or grouchy between meals if I don't snack.  I think there should be an allotted time for students to snack in every grade.  (Hello?  Hierarchy of needs!) Sadly, it is usually only done with the very young kids.

Me with some of my Korean kindergarten students.  You can see some of the decorations I colored in the background. :)  Also, yes, the parents went all out for their kid's birthday.  This pic was from a double birthday party since two of my students shared the same b-day.

* I always look forward to summer vacation.  Like the students, I work really hard and we all deserve some time for rest and relaxation.

* Corny jokes.  I find them to be really funny and even make up a few myself.

Co-worker: "I'm so glad there are no gnats here like the last place we worked."
Me: "Yeah, that would be gnat-sty."

I'm always up for a good knock-knock joke, especially if the students made it up themselves.

* Tattling.  Tattling can get out of control in kindergarten.  I'll admit it...I could be a bit of a tattle tale when I worked at the movies.  It's just that certain employees were told over and over AND OVER again to follow the company rules.  One of the rules was to not use courtesy cups behind the stand, yet I often found the workers back there eating popcorn out of them or drinking out of them instead of waiting on customers.  Everyone has their pet peeves, and that was one of mine!  It's because the workers were allowed to drink however much they wanted any time during their shift, as long as they brought their own cups and had them in this other room that was out of the customers' view.  I get that they would get hungry on their shifts, and I told them I didn't care if they ate the popcorn, as long as they went to the break room, but they would still be back there eating popcorn.  I would vent about this to my boss because it just looked so unprofessional!

* I like stickers and stamps!  It is so much fun shopping for them and I can't wait to start loading my students' papers up with stickers and stamps if they deserve them.

* I still am a Hello Kitty fan and probably always will be.

In what ways are you like a kid?


**Linking up with Kathy today for Confessions.
46 comments on "What I Have in Common with a Kindergartner"
  1. stationary, give me ALL THE STATIONARY and colorful pens. even at nearly 40, i'm obsessed with these things. it's why i stole that hello kitty tape from my SIX YEAR OLD haha!

    thanks for linking up!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. That's funny that she let you have it!! It is really cute...I don't think my kindergarten self would have been able to part with it.

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  2. People should never stop coloring, it's always a good time! haha

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    1. It is! I'm actually looking forward to coloring stuff for my class!!

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  3. Such a creative idea! I like the themed confessions. Also, snack time and nap time should continue all the way into adulthood. And it was funny how, as much as adults loved Frozen, the kids loved it even more. My goddaughter had the words memorized not just to "Let it Go" but to at least 3 different variations of it on Youtube. And she's only 6!

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    1. Oh yeah, the kids were quoting parts of the movie that I couldn't even remember. I don't know if it just really stuck with them the first time or if they've just watched it a million times by now. Three different versions is impressive!

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  4. I also prefer shoes without laces or ties ;)

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    1. I'm more of a flats and/or strappy sandals girl.

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  5. I'm definitely going to have to say I have quite a bit in common with Kindergartners too, I just never thought about it! Snack time is the BEST.

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    1. I don't understand how some people can wait hours in between meals with nothing to eat, not to mention the fact that I just enjoy having extra treats in between meals. :)

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  6. LOVE these confessions and I just realized how similar I am to a kindergartner too hahaha. Oh man I love Hello Kitty and Frozen! Those things will never get old!! And coloring? Heck yes! All day long.

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    1. I remember coloring for hours as a young child and even won a coloring contest. I'm glad I'm not the only adult who likes things that others might call "childish." :)

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  7. haha i love this so much! i am not really like a kid except for the fact that i love all things Disney (frozen included!) more than any adult should, and i like naps too. I also like to rock myself when I'm not feeling well. Haha, that's weird right?! anywho it annoys me so much when people don't do what they are supposed to at work, i'm not a tattle tale but I am a bossy bitch and would have told them off even if i wasn't a manager, haha!

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    1. I'm sure some of the staff hated me, but the ones that did their jobs really liked me and appreciated that I would help them stock and also ring on a register.

      Some Disney movies just don't get old no matter how old *I* get...Gosh, I love The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, etc.

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  8. I teach seniors & I snack right in front of them...ok ok I usually let them eat in my class too...but I make them give me some of their food if they do cause I'm mean like that ha. It's my compromise. You're not supposed to eat in here but if you share with me I'll let it slide.

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    1. I don't know how I made it through high school without snacking, but I did. I wish that I would have had a teacher that would have let me eat in class!

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  9. I love colouring so babysitting my little cousin was always a great time! And nap time should be mandatory for all work places.

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    1. Could you imagine how great it would be to have a mandatory (paid) nap time? I feel like I'd be MORE efficient in the long run.

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  10. I am like a kid in pretty much I enjoy all of the above...especially Frozen....still not tired of it yet.

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    1. I only saw it in the theaters and kind of want to buy it for myself (and future children.)

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  11. Haha! I love this! I hope you find a job in Savannah so you can continue your kindergarten ways!

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    1. My top picks would be to teach kindergarten or first grade!!

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  12. Snacking is the best. And I STILL need to see Frozen!

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    1. You do have to see it! The only reason why I saw it is because my friend was late and we missed the movie that we had planned on seeing and Frozen was the only thing starting. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did.

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  13. snacking, resting, corny jokes!! I think I am a kindergartener half the time haha I actually love most of the above. I haven't watched Frozen yet though!

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    1. The kids would tell some pretty creative knock knock jokes!! I hope you get a chance to see Frozen.

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  14. I agree with this post 100% I think thats why I have such good rapport with my students.

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    1. YES! My professors that observed me always listed that as my #1 strength.

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  15. Love this post! I love coloring, napping, snacking and watching children's movies. Hah. :) You should check out the Outside the Lines coloring book. It's awesome!

    http://www.amazon.com/Outside-Lines-Artists-Coloring-Imaginations/dp/0399162089/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1403723094&sr=8-8&keywords=adult+coloring+books

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    1. Thanks for sharing the link to that cool looking coloring book! I want it!!

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  16. Think it is super cute that you are a Hello Kitty fan :)

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    1. I have been since the age of 2. It was tough being a Hello Kitty fan in middle school, though because, believe it or not, Hello Kitty stuff was hard to find back then. Luckily, she has made a comeback.

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  17. i still love hello kitty too :) and coloring and napping sounds pretty awesome too ha.

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    1. I love her and all the other Sanrio characters as well. I'm going to make it a point to take some naps this summer.

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  18. Slips on shoes, snacks, nap time, and corny jokes FTW! I'm currently take a science class this summer and the professor tells these nerdy and corny jokes - I'm the only student who laughs and he gets such a kick out of it! The other students are all like, don't encourage him, you're weird, too! YOLO.

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    1. I bet I would like those jokes!! You should encourage him because then you'll get to hear more great ones. :)

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  19. I always thought I'd enjoy being a preschool teacher. I love planning little activities for my own kids and watching them execute them. I'm pretty creative and love it so I always thought it would be a good fit for me.

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    1. You do need to be pretty creative in early childhood. Kids love all those little activities.

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  20. haha, i would be all about the coloring books and snack time too! i've always said we should have naptime during the work day too, i mean, the 3pm slump is totally real. :P

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    1. I feel so sluggish midway through a shift. Naps would solve that...If not a nap, then maybe a coffee and a snack. :)

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  21. Haha I'm very similar in some of the same ways! Love snack time and rest - the things we took for granted!

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    1. I remember never wanting to take a nap but then always falling asleep.

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  22. HA!! Completely agree with all these! Guess I am like a Kindergartner too. Heehee...

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