Kindergarten Pie

Take a classroom of five-year-olds –
nimble-footed, names unintelligible –
add a dozen runny noses
and three boo-boos
and one unfortunate ‘accident’.

Introduce a teacher –
holiday hazed and overtired –
mix with a controversial curriculum,
a dash of micromanaging parents,
and splash of report cards due.

Blend cautiously,
taking care that all ingredients remain
in the bowl…er…classroom…

Bake for five days,
cool over the weekend.

(I taught Kindergarten for a day and still have nightmares about it, lol.  To all the primary teachers out there – I am not worthy.  You are amazing.  Poem inspired by a recent dream, and written in the spirit of this week’s challenge:  recipe. Challenge is open all week – would love it if you joined in.)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

26 thoughts on “Kindergarten Pie”

  1. Humorous recipe for a need for stress management. I’ve taught in all the elementary grades through the past as a substitute teacher. Sorry to say that I preferred kindergarten to 7/8. Some of the higher grades tend to like to torture substitute teachers. They even plan their strategy ahead of time. Eventually I stuck with the lower grades that were more respectful.

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  2. I love this one, V.J. I worked as a seventh grade teacher for about a decade, then stopped to go to grad school. It was during that time that I did sub for a kindergarten class or two. You described it eloquently!

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      1. I keep discovering all these things we have in common, V.J.! I taught 7th grade resource reading for a few years before the program was eliminated, then I taught 7th grade English. What did you teach?

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  3. I agree! Teachers are amazingly patient and compassionate people, with nerves of steel. I taught only college age students. I was not prepared to handle the little ones. My hat is off to the ones who do it every day!

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