Our "Kinder Garden", Pumpkin Jack, and a little break!

On Wednesday, I took my class out to our "Kinder Garden" and we planted pumpkin and sunflower seeds as well as marigolds and corn. Unfortunately the weather here in central Illinois has taken a turn for the worse and it feels like August! Seriously, 95 degrees in May and the forecast is for 97 degrees on Sunday - what is this all about???  Whew! This, of course, is not good for a newly planted garden, so when the weather turns a little cooler (hopefully!), I will probably have to do some replanting so that we have a crop in the fall when the kids return. :)

 We read the story of "Pumpkin Jack" by Will Hubbell in the fall. In this story, Tim carved a pumpkin for Halloween and named him Jack. After Jack began to rot, Tim set him out in his garden and watched him slowly shrivel and decay. As the winter came, Jack disappeared and Tim was sad. When the spring came, Tim saw that Jack had sprouted and he took care of Jack's vine all summer. In the fall, Tim found his Pumpkin Jack again! So .........we did the same thing with OUR Pumpkin Jack and put him out in the school garden after Halloween. Look what we found coming up in the middle of our garden on Wednesday - It's our Pumpkin Jack! How cool is that???

 My class gave me this beautiful hibiscus for my end of year gift! Isn't it beautiful? My Room Mom enlisted the aid of our art teacher and the kids all signed their name on the pot and used their thumbprints to make the flowers - cute, cute! Now I just have to make sure that I keep the plant healthy over the summer!

And speaking of the summer....... Our school year officially ended on Friday, May 25 BEFORE Memorial Day, which is early for us, and probably will not happen again for a long time! I thought that I would take this extra time and do things like clean my house, remember what it is like to cook a real meal, clean closets, take care of my yard and garden, catch up on my reading, and enjoy my family. So...........I am going to take a little break from blogging for a while. I need to think about other things than school for awhile.  I thought that I would post again in mid to late June. I LOVE, LOVE teaching, but I need to "power down" a bit so that when I start back up, I am energized and ready to go! So many people ask what teachers do in the summer..... well for me, I take a few weeks to do exactly what I listed above and then start preparing for the next school year!

Happy summer to everyone and I'll be back in a few weeks - don't forget me!

Peace and blessings,


  1. Aww what a great end of the year gift! Enjoy the start of your summer vacation & get some much deserved R & R!
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  2. I love your little garden, it's so sweet! I am a Catholic Kindergarten teacher too!! It is so nice to have another Catholic Kindergarten blog to follow!! I am so excited to follow your blog!

    Lauren C


  3. Thanks, Lauren! It is my goal this summer to get my religion links posted! I am following you as well! Happy summer!

  4. I'm your newest follower!!! Awesome Blog!!

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