Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my! It’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There’s a chill in the air.”
The third one said, “But we don’t care.”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
The fifth one said, “Get ready for some Kindergarten fun!”

It all started with a seed and a pile of dirt. Well actually, it started last year with a book called, Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell.

I discovered this delightful book thanks to my friend and next door teacher, Mrs. Ott. We are actually connected through a short hallway between our classrooms where the boys and girls bathrooms are located. (Yes! I do know how lucky I am to have bathrooms so handy.) That hallway is our lifeline for sharing (or shouting) ideas and discoveries that occur throughout each day. It’s common for us to send a messenger to “come and see what we just did” our line up the class with one simple command to meet at the door to Mrs. Ott’s and go share a story, song, or simply to show off our learning.

Let’s get back to the story of Pumpkin Jack…

The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.

In the course of one year, a jack-o-lantern, discarded after Halloween, decomposes in the backyard and eventually grows new pumpkins from its seeds.

We decided to try it with our class pumpkin, however, we named ours Pumpkin Pat because we were learning about the -at word family. Throughout the course of the school year we watched Pat get moldy, shrivel and change. Other students and teachers would stop by to observe Pat’s transformation as well. I promised the class I would take Pat home and set him in my garden and I’ve had my eye on him all summer long (along with a few other seeds I planted (just in case). My family isn’t quite as excited about my weekly pumpkin report, but that’s okay. They are used to my kindergarten eyes seeing things from a five year old perspective.

I didn’t know I’d enter the world of blogging when this all began, but I can already see the possibilities for blogging about this year’s class pumpkin through our class blog. I can’t wait to weigh, measure, count seeds, carve, read, write, draw and blog about our five little pumpkins.

Ever since that “chill in the air” arrived it’s not uncommon for me to get out of bed thinking about school. Öh my! It getting late.” (It’s 2:38 a.m.) “But I don’t care.” I wanted to get this picture and post off before I “run and run and run” to my classroom tomorrow morning and get busy for “some Kindergarten fun.”

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I have put the #kinderchat week 3 & 4 challenges off long enough battling between, “Just write” and, “Forget it.  You won’t have time to keep up with blogging once a new school year begins.” I think the latter qualifies fear. However, the former connects with my dreams.

You see, I love to write as shown by the journals I’ve kept as future gifts to my own two children. Funny how a blank book as a new mom gift became an obsession for recording the wonderful happenings of motherhood. I was also slightly obsessed with scrapbooks and getting all those magical moments captured in photos. Somehow I could never quite combine the two passions. I wanted to record my feelings, but not for the world to read. By keeping them separate, it all seemed so safe. Scrapbooks contained the facts, dates, times, places, but not the reflective piece that writing provided. To make matters worse, I tried to make a scrapbook each year for my classroom. By keeping everything separate it also made it impossible to keep up with. That is my fear for blogging as well.

Enter blogging…a dream come true! Now I can be a relective teacher, fulfill my photo frenzy, and connect with others about the awesome students and teachers I work with. How will I keep this dream alive? My brain is already on overload since I flipped the calendar from July to August. It appears I have also flipped the switch to thinking “Summer’s over and there’s still too much I need to do.”

Enter fears…I am not confident with Twitter yet. How can I do this with my class?…I still have to write a grant for Ipads in my classroom. How can I do Kidblog without Ipads? Not quite sure how I feel about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and using the family Ipad for school. How do I not look inept in front of colleagues, parents, and students when I am trying new things? (Have you picked up on the fact that I like to know something well before I put myself out there yet?) Am I diving into this all too fast? No!!!! I’m way too late when I follow the incredible kindergarten teachers on Twitter and see what they are doing. I’m so new at this I don’t even know how insert their links into this post. (If you follow #kinderchat or #kinderblog you will find them like I did.) Who am I going to get help from in my building when things come up?

Enter dreamteam @HASDpba. The Hortonville Area School District provides an incredible weeklong Polar Bear Academy for staff members on a variety of topics. I chose “Technology in the Classroom” and have already created a Twitter account for my class @PattyNaultA132 if you’d like to connect with my class this year, learned how to work collaboratively in google drive, and set up a group contact list in preparation for connecting with new families through our class blog New fear…should I be putting my links out there like this?


Dream becomes reality…Woke up to a power outage as a result of storms last night and the Polar Bear Adademy is cancelled for today. Time to tackle #kinderchat challenges!!!