No screamers or criers today. One of them was absent. The others are getting settled in and we are focusing on phonics. There is a lot of pressure put on school districts, principals, teachers and therefore students to learn to read in kindergarten. I am not convinced that all five year olds are ready to learn to read. It's not a problem if you learn to read when you're six or seven, unless your teacher's job depends on your learning to read when you're five. That's a lot of pressure. My job is to make it as easy and fun as possible.
Honestly, three hours a day is all I want to spend in the classroom. I like teaching little ones to read and write, but a half day is good for me. I just love my garden, my kitchen and my knitting needles too much to be separated from them for too long.