Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business

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I am a kindergarten teacher who specializes in sharing products, ideas and lessons that teach to the whole child.

What's one of your favorite new books for children?

What advice would you give to a mom who thinks her child has too much homework?

What's one of your favorite educational activities that can be done outside the classroom?

What's a great gift parents can give teachers?

Krissy Miner

Although it sounds pretty cliche, I really do love the personal notes of thanks during the holiday season. If you insist on purchasing us something, I would suggest gift cards. We tend to spend lots of money on our classroom, so if we can use a gift card to do that, it would be great. Some suggestions for a specific place? Coffee shops, Walmart, Target or Staples are all places that teachers tend to become regulars!
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What can parents do to get their child ready for Kindergarten?

Krissy Miner

As a kindergarten teacher, I encourage parents to make sure they provide plenty of opportunities for their child to socialize and interact in groups of children. It can be quite a shock to a child becoming 1 of 20 or so, especially if they've never been a part of a large group before. Also, be sure to give them plenty of chances to practice and "play" with school tools (glue sticks, drip glue, markers, scissors, etc...). Not only will these be great skills to have, but it will allow them to focus more on the learning and work involved versus how to use or just exploring these items.
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