Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BIG Announcement and a Freebie too!

Let me start by saying this has been a fantastic year for me!  I have enjoyed 2nd grade more than I ever thought I would.  I have been blessed with the most amazing group of kids this year!  They are the sweetest & smartest things ever (with an amazing attitude towards learning!)!  You get the idea......

That being said...

I've been given the chance to go back to Kindergarten next year and I just couldn't refuse!!
{Stay tuned for a freebie to celebrate!}

Though I've really enjoyed not having to wipe noses or tie shoes this year....I sure have missed the little ones!  You know that joy you get from watching the light bulb go off when a child really gets it?  Or the satisfaction you feel when your little ones beg you to play the letter song over and over for them?  Or what about when your student shows you the picture he drew of his family and you are right there smack in the middle of the pic with the rest of the family members? Of course, these scenarios can exist in many different grade levels, but for me, I'm visualizing my experiences with the littlest ones.

Would you believe me if I told you that some people have approached me in the last few days wanting to know why in the world I've been moved back down to kinder?  That's right. "Moved down" as in a demotion.  Truth is, folks, that I'm doing this by choice.  I absolutely love what I do and I don't think there is anywhere else I'd rather be than surrounded by a bunch of 5 year olds that love me unconditionally.  Call me crazy, but kindergarten was calling my name again.

I should add that I have absolutely nothing against any other grade level! I've LOVED teaching 1st and 2nd and would be happy to return to either grade one day.  :)  I will continue to create and share things across the K-2 span so I hope you will continue to read this little ol' blog even if you are not a K teacher!     ::wink, wink::

As for that celebrating....here's my latest Rock, Paper, Scissors game.  It's on letter naming (and sounds) and it is free.  Just for you! Click the picture to grab your copy.  I hope you'll leave some blog love for me in the comment section below! (or tpt ratings!)
letter naming, rock, paper, scissors game, Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

Freebie Fridays


  1. This game is so cute. I would love to write a small post about it on my science blog, what do you think?

  2. One of my favorite posts...not because of the freebie (which is awesome) but because I feel the love and devotion you have for your job and your students in your writing.

    Thinking Out Loud

  3. It takes a special person to teach kindergarten. Enjoy! Thank you for the wonderful free game.

  4. The littlest ones will be very liucky to have you. Enjoy them!

  5. Yayyyy!!! I'm glad you're going to kinder b/c that means MORE fabulous ideas from you that I can use with my own!!! hehe =) Congrats!!!! I love kindergarten and can't imagine teaching anything else!!!
    Under the Alphabet Tree

  6. There is a teacher at my school that was moved to K from 2nd and she feels like she was demoted. I guess it all just depends on the person. Personally I love teaching K. And for me... I feel like the only way you can be demoted as a teacher is by possibly one day being principal and then being demoted back to a teacher. I feel like all grade level teachers (K-12) are on the same level, just some with more experience.

    1. I just wanted to say that I was a principal for three years and was so HAPPY to be "demoted" to a classroom teacher again. In fact I had to wait for a new school to be finished to get back into the classroom. I discovered that my calling was working with the children, not the parents. I retired this month, due to health reasons, not choice, after 26 more years in the classroom after the principal's office.

  7. Woohoo! Congrats on the move! I'm excited for you!

  8. So happy for you--you are where you want to be RIGHT NOW--and we sure have to live in the moment. I just pinned the post AND downloaded. Thanks! Congrats.


  9. Ahhhhhh congrats!!!! I love kindergarten too :)

    Jessica Stanford

  10. Yay Kinder!! And thanks for the great freebie!


  11. My 2nd graders have enjoyed your rock, paper, scissors addition. Great twist to the game!

  12. I am sooo excited for you!!! I have recently started following (unofficially-still gotta figure out how to officially how to do it!)your blog and I teach K:) I moved from first to K 8 years ago and I LOVE it!!! I told my principal that if he ever asks me to move to another grade he will have to drag me there kicking and screaming! Lol! Can't wait to see all you come up with for K!

  13. Congratulations and good luck next year. Can't wait to hear about your first day back in K!

    Your newest follower..

  14. I'm a follower and a fan! Congrats!

    Have you received the One Lovely Blog Award? I would love to pass it on to you1

    Heather at Teach It Today!

  15. I'm headed up to 2nd next year! I'm excited too :) New follower here- glad I found your blog.

    The Learning Tree

  16. I am heading back to K as well! I just finished 4 years teaching 2nd heading back to my roots! I just found your blog ! Many blessings for a new school year.

  17. Yay!!! Kindergarten will be glad to have you back!


  18. What a great freebie! Thanks for linking up at TBA!
    Have a nice weekend,

  19. A wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  20. Sigh...yes that is where I want to be!!1 Thanks so much for this freebie.

  21. Thank you so much for making this available! I made some games for our kindergarten teachers and for my intervention groups! I think the kids will love it!


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