December 16th, 2011

Lucy and Napoleon

Lucy "Does everyone have their own Santa Claus or is there only one?"
Napoleon "You can have your own."
Lucy "I think there is just one."
Napoleon "Well you can have your own toy one but there is only ONE real one."

We have a short week next week so I am going to go ahead and go on "blog break".

It has been a wonderful year, thank you for reading!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!!


December 15th, 2011


"Ms. Kara what if the whole world was a rocket ship?"
Me "What if it was? What would happen?"
"We would all get to fly around forever and look at space. That would be cool."


December 14th, 2011

Gillian, Napoleon, and Lucy

Gillian "I am eating ants on a log."
Napoleon "You are eating ants?!"
Lucy "Those are raisins."


December 12th, 2011

Napoleon and Lucy

Napoleon "I am going to close my eyes for a little bit and see my dreams."
Lucy "Dreams are real."
Napoleon "Sometimes I dream about things that are not real."
Lucy "I am in my dreams and I am real."


December 9th, 2011


"I am going to see Santa. I want to sit in his lap."
Me "What are you going to tell Santa?"

He walked over to me and sat in my lap...

"I want a car."

Happy Weekend!!


December 8th, 2011


"Ms. Kara even though it is cold I like it outside. I like the fresh air. It is good for you."


December 7th, 2011


While making a gingerbread man craft (out of foam cut outs and glitter glue)....

"Ms. Kara I don't think we should eat these."


December 6th, 2011


"What says OH OH OH?"
Me "What?"
"Santa talking backwards."


December 5th, 2011

Lucy, Napoleon, and Landry

Napoleon "Did you know that Saturn is bigger than the planet Earth?"
Lucy "And Pluto is really small."
Napoleon "Really it is bigger than this whole place we are in. Bigger than the whole wide world. And Pluto is a star."
Lucy "No it is not."
Napoleon "Yes it is."
Lucy "I will show it to you on my place mat."
Napoleon "It is a star."
Landry "Pluto is a dog."

Happy Monday! and Happy Birthday to Ms. Taylor!!!


December 2nd, 2011

Quincy and Colby

Quincy "Is your elf gone?"
Colby "No....mine is still on the shelf...is yours gone?"
Quincy "Yes, he is with Santa."
Colby "At the North Pole?"
Quincy "I think so."
Colby "Ms. Kara Santa lives at the North Pole right?"
Me "Yes he does."
Quincy "Is it really far away? Could my jet fighter plane get there?"
Colby "It is too far. You would run out of fuel."
Quincy "When I grow up I am going to fly there with two jet packs."

I love the holiday season through the eyes of my little friends.

Happy Weekend!!


December 1st, 2011


"Ms. Kara I am all done with my snack."
Me "Where did it go?"
"It fell on the ground."
Me "Do you want to pick it up and put it in the trash can?"
"I think the ants will carry it away. They are hungry."


November 30th, 2011


"Ms. Kara did you know that you can wash your clothes or dry clean them?"
Me "Yes I did know that."
"Most of my clothes are play clothes so you can just throw them in the wash."
Me "And do you have clothes that you dry clean?"
"Nooooo but my dad does. His work clothes. You have to take those to the dry cleaners. So you can't spill on them like my clothes. You have to be careful."

Very perceptive.


November 29th, 2011


"Ms. Kara guess what?"
Me "What?"
"Disney World is the coolest place in the whole world."
Me "So I guess that means you had fun on your trip?"

"Guess what else?"
Me "What?"
"I missed you."


November 28th, 2011


"Ms. Kara I can not eat any more lunch. I am too full from Thanksgiving."

Everyone had lots of fun over the break and enjoyed talking about all the food they ate!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


November 18th, 2011

Thanksgiving plans...

"I am going to make cookies and eat them."

"I am going to Disney World. I want to stay for 30 years."

"I am going to have a big turkey feast. That is what Thanksgivings are. You go to your grandmother's and they cook you a feast."

We are off for the week so all the little ones will be having fun at home.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


November 17th, 2011


"Ms. Kara before I moved I lived in Georgia."
Me "Where do you live now?"
"Well I still live in Georgia but it is called Serenbe which is more special."

I love seeing Serenbe through the eyes of the little ones.


November 16th, 2011


Me "Jacob try and walk around the puddle so you do not get wet."
"Buttttt Ms. Kara my shoes are water soakers."
Me "What does that mean?"
"The water hits them and my shoes soak it up but my feet do not get wet."
Me "That is really neat but we still need to try and walk around the puddles."


November 15th, 2011


With his arms raised up signaling that he is done walking and would like a ride...

"I want to carry you."


November 14th, 2011


"Ms. Kara guess what I did this weekend?"
Me "What did you do?"
"I rode my bike down the hill...over a bump (bump!)...and then back up the hill. And then I did it again and again."


November 11th, 2011


While building a fort and collecting wood chips....

"We have 8,899 guests coming over so we need to make a lot of turkey."
Me "How many people are coming?"
"A LOT."

Hard at work for a few minutes....

"And with the leftovers we can make pumpkin pie."
Me "The leftover turkey?"
"No....the leftover wood chips...it is pretend."

We just finished talking about what everyone was for Halloween and now it is almost Thanksgiving. Love this time of year.

Happy Weekend!

Tomorrow is my dad's birthday. Happy Birthday to the best dad ever and thank you for all you do!


November 10th, 2011


"Ms. Kara it is so cold I think the whole world is going to turn to ice."

I am glad she lives in the south and not the north.


November 9th, 2011


"I like doing crafts outside because you can also listen to the birds sing."



November 8th, 2011


"Lucy, I wished that we lived together....well actually no I don't. If we lived together we couldn't get married."


November 7th, 2011


"Ms. Kara my shop is open would you like to buy something?"
Me "What are you selling?"
"Pine straw."
Me "How much is it?"
"Thirty dollars."
Me "That is expensive."
"It is really good pine straw. It is very strong. You can build a house with that."

Landry "Ms. Kara I don't think you should buy that."

"Okay twenty dollars."


November 4th, 2011


"Ms. Kara did you know that space goes on forever
....and that birds have hollow bones....
AND horses sleep with their eyes open."
Me "Wow, you are very smart."
"I can teach you one more thing but then I want to play since it is Friday."
Me "Okay, one more thing and then you can play."
"Another word for fall is autumn. Oh and love never ends."

AND that is why I love my job.

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!


November 3rd, 2011


Today we had show and share and Julianna brought in her pom pom.

Me "Julianna will you tell us about your pom pom?"
"Roll tide."
Me "Do you like football?"
"Rollll tidee."
Me "Do you love Alabama?"
"Roll tide."

I think someone might have a cheerleader in the making.....


November 2nd, 2011


He was laughing to himself and I asked...

Me "Are you silly?"
Me "Are you goofy?"
Me "Are you funny?"
Me "Are you cute?"

November 1st, 2011

Lucy and Landry

Lucy "Landry where is your new house?"
Landry "In Serenbe."
Lucy "Where in Serenbe?"
Landry "In Grange. It is being built."
Lucy "My house was just built. When the builders finished our house I think they started on your house. That's how it works. They build all of our friend's houses."


October 31st, 2011


Me "It is so nice. Do you all want to go outside again?"
Me "Okay, let's put on our shoes."
"But we can not walk too far. I need all of my energy for trick or treating tonight."

Happy Halloween!!


October 28th, 2011

I asked a few of the kids what they were going to be for Halloween...

Colby "It is a secret. I can't tell. I only told one person."

Nathaniel "Remember....a ghost."

Callie "Something pretty."

There will be lots of costume and candy talk on Monday. And lots of very very excited kiddos.
Can't wait!

Have a wonderful weekend!!


October 27th, 2011


Me "You give the best hugs."
"Nope my dad gives the best hugs. He hugs extra tight."

So sweet.


October 26th, 2011


"There are so many shoes. My shoes are called sneakers and his shoes are called tie ups because they have laces."
Me "What are my shoes called?"
"Girl shoes."
Me "They are called flats."
"Sneakers, tie ups, rain boots, just boots....and flats....those are all the shoes."


October 25th, 2011


"Ms. Kara will you help me build a fire?"
Me "Yes of course."
"A really really big fire?"
Me "As big as you want."
"So big that it will light up outer space?"
Me "That is really big but we can most certainly try."
"Thanks. It is really dark up there and it needs some light."


October 20th, 2011


"I want to go on the boat."
Me "Are you excited for your cruise?"
Me "What are you going to do on the boat?"
"Eat cake."
Me "And what else?"
"Ice cream."
Me "And what else are you going to do?"
"Eat food."

Sounds like my kind of trip.

We are on fall break so no school tomorrow or Monday!

Happy early weekend to everyone!


October 19th, 2011


"Im frozen....frozen...frozen...frozen....and it's not even winter."

It was very chilly today. Time for hot chocolate.


October 18th, 2011


Me "Bennett you are getting so tall."
"I know Ms. Kara. I'll be as tall as you when I see you tomorrow."


October 17th, 2011


"Ms. Kara what do cows do on their first date?"
Me "I am not sure, what?"
"Go to the moooooooooooovies."
Lots of laughs all around.


October 14th, 2011


While we were sitting outside Landry looked up at the falling leaves...

"What's happening? Is winter coming?"
Me "Not yet...it is fall."
"So the leaves are falling. I like fall."

Have a wonderful weekend!!


October 13th, 2011


"I hear someone upstairs...it's like they are walking on our heads."


October 12th, 2011


We had a special visitor come by today at the end of class.

Jacob "May I have another high five?"
John "I think we have to be quiet now and listen to Ms. Kara...she is the boss."
Jacob "Well she is also the boss of you."



October 10, 2011


Addison came by today to pick up his brother and chatted with me for a minute!

"I got my cast off today."
Me "Oh wow, how does your arm feel?"
"Pretty good...they cut the cast off with a saw but it just cuts through the cast....not your bone...an alligator could cut through your bone...but there are no alligators at the doctor."


October 7th, 2011

Quincy and Landry

Landry "Quincy why is your hair so curly?"
Quincy "Because I eat tomatoes."

Happy Weekend everyone!


October 6th, 2011


Ms. Taylor "Alex it seems like you are getting heavier everyday."
"Well yeaaaaa he is.....he is GROWING everyday!"


October 5th, 2011


"Ms. Kara I will try my best to remember what you just said but if I forget it will be ok, ok?"
Me "Well let's try extra hard to remember, ok?"
"Yes, ok."


October 4th, 2011


"Come on Alex...walk...walk.....Ms.Kara here comes Alex....Ms.Kara I love Alex...I love you too."

A two year old can say a lot in one sentence.


October 3rd, 2011


During snack while eating bunny crackers...

"Uh-oh, bye bye bunny."


September 30th, 2011


"Ms. Kara starting next week you will not be able to see me anymore because I will be dressed as a ghost."

And the Halloween talk has already begun!

Happy beautiful fall weekend!


September 29th, 2011


Two boys have the same pair of shoes and both pairs were sitting next to each other on our shoe cubby. Landry went to put his shoes on and looked down and paused for a minute and said...

"But wait...I don't have four feet."


September 28th, 2011

Lucy and Annabelle

Lucy "I am going to build a rocket and fly to pluto."
Annabelle "But pluto isnt real."


September 27th, 2011

Napoleon and Colby

Colby "Ms. Kara do you have any kids?"

Before I could even answer....

Napoleon "Yes...she has ALL of us silly."


September 26th, 2011

Nathaniel and Jacob

Nathaniel "That is full of sugar."
Jacob "No, this is very healthy for you."
Nathaniel "It is full of sugar."
Jacob "Nope. It is sugarrr freeee."


September 23rd, 2011


Today we were sitting outside having snack and enjoying a lovely Friday afternoon.
Bennett turned to look at Aidan and said...

"Wow, your head is big."

Always observant and very very honest.
Have a happy weekend!!


September 22nd, 2011


We made a big paper air plane today. Quincy loves paper air planes and is really good at making them. While he was doing some experts folds Ms. Taylor asked him where he learned to make such good paper air planes...

"I just learned sometime in my life."


September 21st, 2011


"What kind of a seed is this?
Me "I am not sure."
"I am going to plant it and then when it grows we will know."


September 20th, 2011


Everyday before lunch we go around the table and say what we are thankful for on that day. Today Landry said....

"I am thankful that I moved to Serenbe."

It was so very sweet and made me what to say thank you to my parents for creating such a beautiful place. So thank you mom and dad and everyone who is a part of Serenbe...a place that brings so much joy to children.


September 19th, 2011


"Ms. Kara do you like my shirt?"
Me "Yes, I like it a lot."
"It's new."
Me "Where did you get it?"
"From online. I am not sure what country it is from but I was looking through a little magazine and I picked it out and then POOF it was here."

the magic of the Internet.


September 16th, 2011

Aidan can you make a monkey face....

love it.

Have a wonderful weekend!


September 15, 2011


"Ms. Kara will you come with me to get my watter bottle?"
Me "Yes of course, but why?"
"Because of the monsters."


September 14th, 2011


"Ms. Kara, someday I am going to invent a silent spaceship."
Me "Why is it going to be silent?"
"Because I want to be an astronaut and loud noises scare me."


September 13th, 2011


Me "Napoleon, that is a beautiful painting."
"Thank you!"

5 min later...
"Ms. Kara do you say all the paintings are beautiful?"


September 12th, 2011


We got a new mirror for the classroom today and as we were bringing it in Nathaniel said...

"Look, now there are two Ms. Kara's."


September 9th, 2011


"Ms. Kara do you like my jacket?"
Me "Yes, I like it a lot."
"It's a windbreaker. It keeps the breeze away from your body. It is very nice."


September 7th, 2011


While drying her hands on a towel in the bathroom....

"Ms. Kara are these new towels?"
Me "Yes they are."
"How nice. They are so beautiful."

Just some basic green and white striped hand towels. If only everyone was so easy to please.


September 6th, 2011


Lucy just moved into a new house and today I asked her what her favorite thing was about her new house. Without a pause she said...

"The rugs."


September 2nd, 2011


Me "Are you excited for the weekend?"
"Yes very!"
Me "Do you have big plans?"
"Yep....a play date and then a snack."

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!


September 1st, 2011


"People like me for my curly hair."

He does have really great hair.


August 31st, 2011


"I hope it rains today."
Me "Why?"
"My plants need water so they can grow."

This is why I love teaching children who spend more time outside than they do inside.


August 30th, 2011


"Ms. Kara did you know I moved to Serenbe?"
Me "You did?"
Me "Where in Serenbe?"
"In the woods."


August 29th, 2011


Jacob's nanny is pregnant and when Callie saw her last week she commented on the baby in her belly. When she came to pick Jacob up today Callie looked at her and asked....

"Did you know that you still have a baby in your belly?"


August 26th, 2011


"Ms. Kara last weekend I caught a really really big fish."
Me "How big was it?"
"If you put your foot on top on Ms. Taylor's head it was thattttttt big."

Happy Weekend everyone!


August 25th, 2011


Right after something slipped off the table onto the floor....

"Double whoops."


August 24th, 2011


"Ms. Kara why are you wearing that dress?"
Me "Well I needed something to wear this morning so I choose this."
"Did someone give it to you?"
Me "No, I bought it from a store."
"Oh."   pause and then..  "Why are you wearing that necklace?"
Me "Well because I like it."
"Did someone give it to you?"
Me "Yes."
Me "Someone special."
"It is pretty, you should keep it."

Gillian is very stylish so I am glad she approves of my necklace....I might have to try harder on the dress. Love her!


August 23rd, 2011


"Ms. Kara I learned to count to a new number."
Me "What number?"
"First I have to count to it and then when I get there you will know."


August 22nd, 2011


Jacob was holding his hands up to the window moving them back and forth while I was watching with interest....

Me "Jacob may I ask what you are doing?"
Jacob "I am changing it from dark to light and then light to dark."
Me "Wow, how do you do that?"
Jacob "With the Force."

So great to be back!

You will be seeing stories from several returning favorites as well as many new friends!

And I am very excited to now have Ms. Taylor as an amazing assistant!
We are looking forward to a wonderful year!


August 19th, 2011

Almost back!!

School starts Monday and the blog will be back up and running with lots of laughs and adorable conversations.

Have a great weekend everyone!


May 27th, 2011

Last Day of School

We had a brief half day today with lots of smiles and hugs.
The year flew by...I can not believe it is over.

I enjoyed every minute of teaching and spending time with these special, magical, beautiful young children.

I have loved sharing the moments of laughter and the moments that touch my heart.

Thank you for reading.

I will be back in August and look forward to sharing more special stories as I continue this wonderful journey of teaching....


May 26th, 2011

Molly, Marguerite and Addison

at the end of the day...

Addison "Bye Molly (hug)"
Marguerite "Bye Molly (hug)"
Addison and Marguerite "Bye (hug)"
Molly "Bye everyone...but you know tomorrow is the big hug day"

only one day left.

May 25th, 2011


"Ms. Kara it is almost summer vacation."
Me "I know, are you excited?"
"Yes so very excited...I am going to spend lots of time doing fun things in Atlanta...and I am going to Camp Serenbe...and maybe going to the beach...and I am going to get a gold fish."
Me "It sounds like you have lots of wonderful plans."
"Yes well summer last for 90 whole days you know."
Me "Yes, almost."
"And I am going to get my goldfish at the very end of summer so I can bring it to school for our very first show and share."
Me "I will look forward to that."
"Wonderful, see you then. Well actually I will see you at camp."

So excited for camp. I would be too sad if I went a whole summer without spending time with all of my little friends.


May 24th, 2011

Lucy and Harry

Lucy "Is tomorrow summer?"
Me "Not yet, after today we have three more days of school."
Harry "And then summer?"
Me "Yes, then summer."
Lucy "And Camp Serenbe!"
Harry "Camp Serenbe and swimming lessons!"
Lucy "Swimming lessons?"
Harry "Yes...so you can learn how to swim!"
Lucy "Well I know how to swim...so all I have to think about is Camp Serenbe!"
Harry "Maybe you could just take a few swimming lessons."
Lucy "But I know how to swim already silly."
Harry "Okay. See you at camp."

Yay for Camp Serenbe!...and swimming lessons!


May 23rd, 2011


Napoleon made me a get well card while I was sick. I had not read it yet so he decided he would tell me about it.

"Do you know what it says?"
Me "No, would you like to tell me?"
"Well first it has your name....and my name...so you know who it is for and who it is from."
Me "That is wonderful. I can't wait to read it."
"There is more.....then it says that I hope you feel better soon."
Me "Thank you so much, that is so sweet."
"And there is a birthday hat. I thought that might help."
Me "It will. I love birthdays."
"Well it is not your birthday yet. But you can look at it and then save it until it is your birthday and you feel better."
Me "That sounds great, I feel better already."
"Good. I am happy you are back."
Me "I am happy to be back. Thank you for helping me feel better Napoleon."
"You are so welcome."

This job gets better everyday. I can not believe we only have one week left of school...


May 13th, 2011

Unfortunately I am a little under the weather so I am crawling into my bed and will probably be mia for a few days.

Hope everyone else is well.

Its almost summer. I know the kids are getting excited.

May 12th, 2011


"Ms. Kara how old are you?"
Me "How old do you think I am?"
"I think you might be the same age as my mom. She is 23."


May 11th, 2011

Lucy and Napoleon

Napoleon (he just returned from a trip) "Did you miss me?"
Lucy "Yes. Did you miss me?"
Napoleon "Yes."
Lucy "Ok."

 Glad we cleared that up.


May 10th, 2011


"What does a burritto say to a taco?"
Me "I am not sure. What?"
"Where have you beeaaannnn?"


May 9th, 2011


"I made dinner last night."
Me "That's wonderful, did your dad help you?"
Me "Was it for your mom for mother's day?"
Me "How sweet. What else did you do?"
a very long pause with lots of thinking looks on his face
"The Easter bunny came and I got jelly beans."
Me "Was that maybe a few weeks ago? On Easter?"
"Ohhhhh, yes."
Me "It's ok, there are a lot of special days to keep track of."
"Yessssss there are."

Happy Mother's Day to all the Wonderful Moms. Thank you for all you do.


April 25th, 2010

I was not in school all last week because a dear, dear friend who holds a very special place in my heart passed away. He was training to become a free diver and he died in a tragic accident in his family swimming pool. He was 25 and full of life. He taught me to smile when times were rough, to love unconditionally, and to live life without question. I would like to share a poem that was very special to him. I read this at his funeral this past Thursday.

If You Think You Can

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't, its almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll loose, you've lost,
For out in the world we find success begins with a fellows' will, it's all in the state of mind.
Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man;
but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can.

This is how Whitner lived life.This poem hung outside his bedroom when we were growing up and he read it often.
I will share this with my children one day.
I will live life to the fullest every single day and always think of him.

I am back in class with the kids this week but I am going to take off one more week from the blog.
Love to everyone. Cherish every moment.


April 15, 2011

My favorite excuses....

The weather has been really nice all week so when it is almost time to go outside the kids get very excited. This means they clean up very quickly and usually not very well. When their mess is discovered the responses are usually very similar. My two recent favorites are....

"Oh that was supposed to be a secret."


"That was sort of an accident. Maybe a little on purpose but also I forgot."

Have a great weekend everyone!


April 14th, 2011


"Ms. Kara do you have play dates?"
Me "I spend time with my friends but we do not really call them play dates."
"What do you do?"
Me "We go out to dinner and to see movies and things like that."
"Do you have to ask your mom first?"

Harry's questions always make me smile.


April 13th, 2011


"Ms. Kara when I grow up I want to be an astronaut. But first I have to be a pilot."
Me "Why do you have to be a pilot first?"
"Because that is the way it works. You have to be the very best pilot and then they ask you if you want to be an astronaut.... And you say Yes..... And then they let you be an astronaut."
Me "Who is they?"
"The government."


April 12th, 2011


"Ms. Kara someday I am going to invent a machine that gets rid of all the pollen all over the world so there will not be any more pollen ever and that way people will stop talking about how much they don't like pollen."
Me "Addison, I think that is a great idea."
"You're right, it is a great idea. I am going to do it."
Me "Wonderful. When are you going to start working on it?"
"Someday soon. When I grow up."


April 11th, 2011


"Good morning Ms. Kara."
Me "Good morning Bennett. Did you have a good break?"
"Yes! I did."
Me "You look taller."
"I am."
Me "Did you grow?"
"Yes I did. I am going to be very tall just like my dad."


April 1st, 2011

Happy April Fool's Day!

We have spring break next week so a few of the kids shared their plans with me....


"What is spring break?"
Me "It is a break from school for a whole week."
"Like an extra weekend?"
Me "Kind of."
"So if I have a t-ball game this weekend does that mean I get to play t-ball allllll week?"


Me "What are you doing for your spring break?"
"Celebrating my birthday!"
Me "The whole week?"
"Yes, of course."


"I want to ask Jacob if I can play t-ball with him all week."


Me "And Lucy what are your plans for spring break?"
"I don't know. Nothing.......April's Fools!"
Me "You're so silly."
"I know. I will be doing lots of fun things. You will have to wait and see."

Have a great week everyone! Ill be back on Monday April 11th!!

and Happy Birthday to Odelia!!


March 31st, 2011


"Ms. Kara when you get home who is waiting for you?"
Me "Sometimes my sister, Ms. Garnie, is there but sometimes no one is there."
"So you are just home all alone? All by yourself?"
Me "Yes. When you get older and you do not live with your parents anymore it is okay to be home by yourself."
"Oh okay. Well if you want to come over to my house you can. My mom is there."
Me "Thanks Harry. That is very sweet of you."

When you are four the idea of not living with your parents is just too hard to grasp.

Happy Birthday to my little sister Quinn!!


March 30th, 2011


Napoleon has beautiful curly blond hair. He once told me he felt like a lion. He recently got a haircut and it is a little shorter right now.

After shaking his head and messing his hair up with his hands he looked at me and said...

"Do I look like Napoleon again?"
Me "Yes, of course."
"Let me go look in the mirror just to be sure."



March 29th, 2011


"Ms. Kara I want to marry you."
Me "That is very sweet."
"So you can't have a husband until I get older."
Me "Well that is kind of a long time."
"Well I will get big fast through the magic of Santa Claus."
Me "Oh, I see."
"Yes, I made a wish about it. So it will happen."


March 28th, 2011


"Ms. Kara, I wore my rain boots today because it is cold and rainy outside."
Me "I like them."
"When it is raining you can also wear a rain coat. And bring a rain umbrella."
Me "What else?"
"Hmmm maybe a rain hat."
Me "So your head can stay dry."
"Yes! I am so chilly."
Me "When it is raining do you like to stay inside and be warm?"
"No.....(looking at me with a very confused look)....I want to go outside and jump in the puddles."

Silly Me.

Happy Birthday to my big sister Garnie!


March 25th, 2011


"Ms. Kara would you like to come over to my house this weekend for some crumble cake?"
Me "Yes, that sounds delicious."
"You can not come tonight though because I have not made it yet."
Me "When are you going to make it?"
"Today when I get home from school. It is going to be delicious."
Me "Have you made it before?"
"No. But it should be easy. My mom has the directions and everything else we need."
Me "Well I can't wait to hear all about it on Monday."
"You can taste it. Remember you're coming over."

My favorite thing about Friday is all the weekend "plans" that get made.

Happy Weekend Everyone!


March 24th, 2011


"Ms. Kara I am very tired."
Me "Would you like to sit on my lap."

After an hour of sitting in my lap cuddled up against me and barely moving he looked up and said....

"How long have I been sitting here like this?"
Me "Hmmm almost an hour I think."
"Wow....I guess I should stretch my arms....but then I'll sit here for just a little longer."

Melt my heart.


March 23rd, 2011


"Ms. Kara will you have a baby growing in your stomach someday?"
Me "Maybe someday."
"Great, I would like to meet her."


March 22nd, 2011


"Ms. Kara we are missing a puzzle piece and I can not find it."

after looking for about 10 minutes....

Me "Odelia I do not think it is here. It must be lost."
"But I need it. So it HAS to be here somewhere."

If only life worked that way........


March 21st, 2011


while holding onto his tooth.....

"Ms. Kara I do not want my teeth to come out."
Me "It's okay you have a few years before that will happen and it will not hurt. They are supposed to fall out."
"But I like my teeth."
Me "You will get new ones. They will be bigger and you will like them just as much."
"I hope so."


March 18th, 2011


As soon as Charlotte walked into class this morning she stood right in front of me with her hands behind her back....

"Ms. Kara I have something for you!"
Me "What is it?"
"Taaa daaaa. An APPLE."

She is three. And she came up with that idea all on her own. Too cute.

Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 


March 17th, 2011


Odelia was decked out in all green today and she brought in special treats for the class. Her mom is from Ireland.

Me "Odelia do you like St. Patrick's Day?"
"Yes, I get to have treats."
Me "Do you think the kids in Ireland are doing something special in school today?"
Me "What do you think they are doing?"
"I don't know. Maybe celebrating the 4th of July."
Me "Why would they be doing that?"
"Because we are celebrating them so they should be celebrating us."

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!


March 16th, 2011


I walked into the bathroom to find Bennett standing there and smiling.

Me "Bennett, what are you doing?"
"Looking at the new pictures on the wall."
Me "Do you like them?"
Me "I am so glad. Ms. Lisa put them up yesterday."
"They are so beautiful."
Me "Yes, they are."
"I am so happy."

It's the simple things in life....


March 15th, 2011


while gazing off into the distance

Me "Napoleon.....Napoleon......(tap on the shoulder) Napoleon.
"Oh, was I sleeping?"
Me "No, I think you were day dreaming."
"What is day dreaming?"
Me "When you are awake but you are dreaming or thinking about something else."
"It felt like I was sleeping. But my eyes were open."


March 14th, 2011

Addison and Odelia

Addison "Odelia, I think I might marry my friend that I met on my trip."
Odelia "That's okay. I will marry your brother."
Addison "We can still like each other. And be friends. And we could live next door to each other."
Odelia "Yes, maybe when you grow up you could move in the house next door to mine."
Addison "Yes, that would be great."
Odelia "Okay. Now let's have snack."

If only life were so easy....


March 11th, 2011


I was not in class today because I took the day off to head down to the beach for a weekend with some girlfriends.  So... before I left I did a random selection from all the stories that have been submitted so far!

This is a conversation Colby had with his Dad while he was at the beach a few weeks ago...

Dad "That's quite a hole you're digging."
"I'm digging for water." (as his hole fills up with water)
Dad "Looks like you're doing a good job."
"I'm going to need a lot to give to the people in Haiti."

So sweet. 

Keep sending in stories!

Have a great weekend everyone! 


March 10th, 2011


"Ms. Kara, will you touch this pencil? I just sharpened it and it is really sharp."
Me "That looks very sharp, it might hurt my finger."
"Yes, it might."
Me "So why do you want me to touch it?"
"Because I want to know how sharp it is....and you are an adult so it will hurt you less than me."


March 9th, 2011


"Ms. Kara do you know about James and the Giant Peach?"
Me "Yes, I do."
Me "I read the story when I was a little girl."
"Oh...well I watched it through the majic of television.....I love it."
Me "Do you wish you had a giant peach?"
"I sure do...I looked all over my house...but all we had were normal size ones."


March 8th, 2011


During lunch....

"Ms. Kara, where are your eggs?"
Me "I did not bring any today."
"Did you not bring them because we were being mean? You know....all of us....about you eating a baby chick."
Me (holding back laughter) "No no, I just did not want any today."
"Oh okay. Well we are sorry."
Me "It's okay. Thank you though. Maybe I will bring some tomorrow."

Happy Birthday to Addison!!


March 7th, 2011


While we were walking home....

"Ms. Kara, would you like to come over and play?"
Me "Well your mom might have something planned."
"She probably has a few things to do but I have finished everything I had planned so my schedule is all clear."

I was a big "planner" at a young age so I'm glad to know I am not the only one.

Happy Birthday to Cornelius and Nathaniel!!


March 4th, 2011


"Ms. Kara.....Edward doesn't like me anymore."

Marguerite and Edward have a long standing relationship. Edward is a sweetheart and quite the ladies man.

Me "Did he say that?"
"No....but he is not talking to me right now."
Me "Well why don't you go and try to talk to him."

3 min later

"He would not talk to me."
Me "Why not?"
"He is talking to his friends right now."
Me "Well sometimes that happens. Boys just need time. How about you finish writing in your notebook and not worry about it and by the time we get on the playground I bet he will talk to you again."

1 hour later and 3 min into being on the playground

a big hug followed by...."Thanks, Ms.Kara"

Whether you are 5...15...25...35...and so on.....some things never change. I am glad that for the time being I could be of help with the 5 year old relationship drama.

Happy Weekend Everyone!!


March 3rd, 2011


The fascination with the chicken eggs has begun......and I usually eat a few hard boiled eggs at lunch....

"MS. KARA!!"
Me "Yes, Lucy?"
"Do not eat that egg....there is a chicken in there."
Me "No, its okay. I brought this egg from home. Just like I do almost everyday. It is hard boiled."
"You are gonna eat a baby chick?"
Me "No. This egg will not make a baby chicken."

Next comes a ten min long conversation explaining chicken eggs and how some are fertilized (have baby chickens in them) and some are not and you eat those....scrambled, sunny side up, etc. Stories are told, questions are asked and everyone seems to understand. Then two more min go by and I go to take a bite of my egg....

Lucy and Odelia (while giggling) "Ms. Kara, Ms.Kara you are eating a baby chicken."
followed by lots of giggles.

That might be the end of me eating hard boiled eggs for lunch.


March 2nd, 2011


We are hatching chicken eggs in class so we just set up the incubator and explained it to all of the kids. As you can imagine, many of them are very intrigued by it.

"Ms. Kara, when will the chicken eggs hatch?"
Me "Not for a little while."
"So not until after lunch?"
Me "No, not for a few weeks."
"ohhhhh.....well why do they have to stay inside that box?"
Me "That is the incubator. It keeps the eggs warm."

after three failed attempts at saying the word incubator.....

"Can I take them out of the....you know.....the word you keep saying...."
Me "No, they have to stay in there until they hatch."
"And then we can take them out?"
Me "Yes."
"Great. I cant wait to meet them."


March 1st, 2011

Lucy and Odelia

Odelia "Lucy did you know my birthday is soon?"
Lucy "When?"
Odelia "In April."
Lucy "That is before mine."
Odelia "Which means I will be five before you."
Lucy "That's okay. Because you will be an adult before me. So I get to be a kid longer."

I think all kids under the age of six make for amazing lawyers.


February 28th, 2011


"Ms. Kara will you build a fire with me?"
Me "I would love to."
"We need big sticks."
Me "Is it going to be a really big fire?"
"Yes, very big."
Me "What color will it be?"
Me "Will it keep us warm?"
"Yes very warm."
Me "Will it burn me if I get too close?"
"Fires are very hot......but.... Ms.Kara.....this is just pretend....did you not know that?"

Silly me. I guess I got a little too into the fire building for my three year old friend.

Everyone had a wonderful break, but I was very happy to be back playing pretend with all my young friends. I missed their smiles and constant curiosity.

Today is also a very special day here.....20 years ago today my parents purchased the first piece of land that is now known as Serenbe and they started a journey that has forever changed so many lives.


February 18th, 2011


We have winter break next week (although it feels like it should be spring break) so before we went home today a few of the kids were telling me their plans.....

I am going to spend all day playing with my sister and my baby brother. But not my other brother, he is too mysterious for me.

I am going to do so many special things. I am going to the circus and to Mississippi and all over.

My brother planned a party for me. And then I am getting on a plane. 

I am going to take lots of walks.

Me "It sounds like all of you are going to have so much fun. I will miss you."
Lucy "I will miss you too Ms.Kara."
Harry "You can see me on my walks."
Napoleon "I will draw a map for you and you can come find me."
Odelia "I will be so busy....but I will miss you and before you know it I will see you again."

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a great week next week! Ill be back on Monday the 28th!


February 17th, 2011


at various times during lunch, or when we have a treat, or anytime something is being handed out and it is not all exactly the same......Harry speaks up and say this.....

"You get what you get AND you don't throw a fit."

So there. No more complaining. Makes me laugh every time.


February 16th, 2011


Today, since it was so beautiful, we were outside for our after school art program. As we were drawing, a huge flock of birds flew overheard and we all looked up.

"Where do you think they are going?"
Me "I am not sure Napoleon. Where do you think they are going?"
"Well they are leaving Serenbe. And I don't know why they would want to do that. It's their wings fault, not theirs."


February 15th, 2011


upon walking in the door with her pretty skirt and shirt on...
"Mom you made me be beautiful all day today, can I wear my jeans now?"

I love this comment because it so perfectly fits Sally. and obviously it happened at home....after school hours......
So that brings me to my new addition to the blog!

I am always hearing great stories from parents, friends, etc and so my sister suggested that every now and then I should post a funny story that I enjoyed (but did not personally hear).

Sooooo if you are a parent of one of the adorable kiddos I have the pleasure of spending my days with OR a parent, an aunt, an uncle, a friend, (anything!) of any adorable child please send me their cute story.
I will do a drawing every few weeks and post it on the blog. Once you have submitted it, I will keep it in the pot so it could appear weeks or months after you submit it.

Send stories to kara@serenbe.com


February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Today we had a special valentines tea party and the kids were just too cute so I have to do more than one story...

Me "Cornelius, you look very handsome today."
"Well thank you Ms. Kara. You look very pretty."

"This valentine is for you Ms. Kara......it shows you how much I love you."
Me "Aw thank you Jacob, I love you too."
"Thank you.... Do you have my valentine?"
Me "Yes I put it in your bag."
"Oh, okay. Thanks."

Decked out in her full party attire....fancy dress...gloves...a bracelet...and two rings.....
"Ms. Kara do you like my outfit?"
Me "Yes Odelia. I love it."
"Is it the prettiest dress you have ever seen?"
Me "Yes, I think it is."  
"Am I the fanciest girl in the class?"
Me "Yes mam. Today you are."
"Thank you."

Spending Valentine's Day with these adorable kids that I love dearly reminded me that although yes this is a Hallmark holiday it is a wonderful time to remember to tell EVERYONE you care about just how much you love them.

Happy Hearts Day Everyone!


February 11th, 2011


"Ms. Kara do you like my really big socks?"
Me "Yes, I do."
"They are like your tights. They are really really tall."
Me "Yes they are very tall."
"I have never met a giant before....but they are so big I think they might fit a giant."
Me "Maybe you could meet a giant this weekend."
"Yes, I will do that. I will look for a giant."

Happy Weekend!
and Happy Birthday to Napoleon and Happy Belated Birthday to Sally!


February 10th, 2011


"Ms. Kara today for our food preparation work can we make orange juice instead of lemon juice?"
Me "We are all out of oranges so we have to use lemons for now."
"Oh, man."
Me "Did you not like the lemon juice you had yesterday?"
"Noooooo. It was so sour. It made me drop the glass."
Me "How did it make you drop the glass?"
"I felt the sour in my mouth....and all over....and it made me go CRAZY."

**if i had a picture of the face Cornelius made while saying it made him go crazy this post would be even better.


February 9th, 2011


Every Wednesday after school we have art class.

"Ms. Kara look I drew a shrink ray."
Me "Do you mean a sting ray?"
"Noooooo, a SHRINK RAY."
Me "What is a shrink ray?"
"You know....something that shrinks things....like people."
Me "Oh I see, that's cool."
"Yep. And do you know what is even cooler?"
Me "What?"
"After I drew it, I turned into a scientist!......But just for a little bit."


Februay 8th, 2001


Today was one of those long days where everyone seems to be a little cranky....

"Ms. Kara, will you sit down?"
Me "Yes, why?"
"Because I want to sit in your lap."
Me "Are you tired?"
"I want to sit in your lap because I love you."

They always seem to know what to say to put a smile on your face....


February 7th, 2011

Lucy, Harry and Jacob

Jacob "Ms. Kara does everyone live in North America?"
Me "People live all over the world. But most of the people you know do live in North America."
Lucy "I use to live in South Carolina. Now I live in Georgia. Those are both in North America. But... Santa Claus does not live in North America."
Jacob "He lives in the North Pole."
Harry "I think you can take a jet plane to get there."
Lucy "Probably a snow plane."
Jacob "So we live in North America?"
Me "Yes, that is correct."
Harry "I do not live in North America."
Me "Where do you live?"
Harry "I live on Serenbe Lane."


February 4th, 2011

Jacob and Harry

Jacob "Are we going to go outside today?"
Me "Maybe, it depends on the rain."
Jacob "What does maybe mean?"
Me "It means that there is a possibility."
Jacob "Whats a possibility?"
Me "That it might happen. Maybe yes, maybe no."
Jacob "Maybe yes......?"
Harry "Maybe means no. She just doesn't want to say no yet."

Enjoy your weekend!!


February 3rd, 2011

Edward and Colby

Every Thursday is Show and Share so there is always lots of chatter about it in the morning when everyone arrives.

Edward "Ms. Kara, I am not going to bring anymore show and shares until I get another pet."
Me "What happened to your gecko that you brought in last week?"
Edward "Well, um.....he is no longer around."
Colby "Did he die?"
Edward "Well yes."
Colby "I meant to say pass. Did he pass? It sounds better that way."
Edward "Yes, he passed."
Me "I am so sorry to hear that. Did you have a funeral for him?"
Edward "No not yet. First my dad has to take him back to PetsMart to see if we can get another one."


February 2nd, 2011

The whole class

"Cough, cough......cough, cough."
Me "Do you feel alright?"
"Yes, it is just a cough."
Me "Are you sick?"
"No...no. My mom says I am not sick."


February 1st, 2011


"Ms. Kara, am I dreaming?"
Me "No....why?"
"So this is real life?:
Me "Yes...why?"
"Well lately I have been dreaming that I am in school and we are doing something fun, but then I wake up. And right now I am having fun so I just wanted to make sure that I was not dreaming."


January 31st, 2011


After I saw Odelia sitting on the playground by herself for a few minutes I went over to talk to her.

Me "Odelia, What are you doing?"
"Shh Ms. Kara, I am waiting for my prince."
Me "Oh is he close by?"
"He might be I just have to wait and see."

30 min later after we have gone inside
Me "Odelia, whats wrong?"
"My prince did not find me on the playground and I am not happy about it."
Me "Well maybe he will find you tomorrow."
"But tomorrow is sooooo far away and I do not want to have to wait that long."

If only tomorrow still seemed like it was sooooo far away.....


January 28th, 2011


"Ms. Kara I am excited for the weekend."
Me "So am I. Do you have something special planned?"
"Yes, I am having a magic show and a potluck."
Me "That sounds really fun."
"Yes it will be. I am going to make people disappear."
Me "How neat, I would love to see that."
"Well you are invited, the whole class is invited....I have already told a few people."
Me "Does your mom know about this potluck and magic show....and that you are inviting your whole class?"
"No, I just came up with the idea. Ill tell her when I get home."

Happy Weekend! Have a potluck with friends!


January 27th, 2011

Lucy and Odelia

Lucy "I want to be 100 and google."
Odelia "Me too."
Me "Why do you want to be google?"
Odelia and Lucy "Because it is the biggest of all the numbers."
Me "Oh I see, and why do you want to be that."
Lucy "Because than you are the oldest person in the whole world."
Odelia "And then you get to be in charge of everyone."
Me "Why does the oldest person get to be in charge?"
Lucy and Odelia "That is just how it works Ms. Kara"
Lucy "And then we can do whatever we want."
Odelia "Like eat candy."
Lucy "And never go to sleep."
Odelia "And play all the time."
Lucy "And fall on your head....your own head, not your brothers."
Odelia "And wear whatever you want."
Lucy "I cant wait to be 100 and google."
Odelia "And be in charge of the world."

Oh what a different place it would be if two four year olds ran the world......


January 26th, 2011


Garnie (my older/big sister) and Quinn (my younger/baby sister) often bring me lunch at school.
So naturally the kids are intrigued by them and ask questions.
Harry knows Garnie but has never met Quinn.

So....Quinn brings me lunch.....and after she leaves.....

"Who was that?"
Me "That was Quinn, my younger sister."
"Like how Ms. Garnie is your sister?"
Me "Yes remember how we talked about how I have two sisters? One is older and one is younger."
"Oh yes, like how I have a baby brother?"
Me "Yes, like that. Quinn is my baby sister."
Long pause followed by Harry slowly turning his head.....
"Ms. Kara, that WAS NOT a baby. She was a real live adult."


January 25th, 2011

Molly and Marguerite

Molly "Did you know that we are going to be in a new school next year?"
Marguerite "Yes, I did."
Molly "And then before you know it we will be in elementary school."
Marguerite "Yes."
Molly "And then we will be in seventh grade, and then high school, and then COLLEGE.....(pause).....do you know what kind of college you want to go to?"
Marguerite "Molly....I am five."


January 24th, 2011


"Ms. Kara are you married?"
Me "No, not yet."
"So where do you live?"
Me "I live with my sister."
"Oh, ok."

The next day
"Ms. Kara are you married yet?"
Me "No, not yet."
"When will you get married?"
Me "Probably in a few years when I am a little older."
Me "Jacob would you like to come to my wedding?"
"Can my parents come?"
Me "Yes."
"Will there be cake?"
Me "Yes?"
"Ok, Ill be there."


January 21st, 2011

The majority of the class at different times in the morning or after we come in from the playground......

Me "Do you want to take your coat off?"
Me 10 min later "How about now?"
Me "Are you hot?"
Me "So why do you not want to take your coat off?"
"It just seems like a whole lot of work....on, off, on, off. Ill just keep it on."

Happy Friday!! Stay warm!!


January 20th, 2011


"Ms. Kara, did you know that rocketships go to space?"
Me "Yes, I did."
Me "Would you like to go to space?"
Me "Why not?"
"It is really really dark up there."
Me "Oh, and you don't like the dark?'
"Dora goes to space."
Me "Would you go with her?"
"Maybe, she has a map of outer space."
Me "That is neat. Do you have a map of outer space?"
"Hm, no I do not. Maybe I should order one of those from the store when I get home."


January 19th, 2011


"Ms. Kara, where do babies come from?"
Me "Odelia I think your mom would probably like to explain that to you."
"But she will not know the answer."
Me "I think she probably will."
"No she wont."
Me "How do you know?"
"She wont know because she is not a teacher."


January 18th, 2011


Almost everyday for lunch Napoleon has a jelly sandwich and he loves it. So one day when he sat starring at it for over five minutes, I was curious what the problem was.

Me "Napoleon is something wrong with your sandwich?"
"Uh, Yes."
Me "What's wrong with it?"
"My mom is out of town."

Sometimes moms just know best.


January 14th, 2011

Another Snow Day!!

Since we had a play day yesterday I guess it is now technically just a four day weekend but we basically have a ten day unexpected snow vacation. Crazy!

Glad I got some snuggles from the kiddos yesterday....I'm off to Colorado to go skiing!

Happy LOONNGGGG Weekend!


January 13th, 2011

Technically today was still a snow day and school was closed.
However, I knew several parents in the neighborhood were going stir crazy and since several of us walk to school I decided to host an informal "play day" for those who could make it.


"Ms. Kara if we are not doing our work today why are we at school?"
Me "We are going to have a play day and do games and crafts."
"Couldn't we have just played at home?"
Me "Yes, but this will be more fun because you can be with all your friends."
"Oh okay....(brief pause)....and maybe because the moms and dads and grownups and stuff maybe needed a little break at home?


January 12th, 2011

Snow Day round three!

I know the kids and I are enjoying playing in the snow, but I would love to know how many parents are ready for school to go back......

Stay warm!!


January 7th, 2011

Sally and Colby

"Ms. Kara, did you build Serenbe?"
Me "No not exactly. My parents founded Serenbe."
"Did you build that bench?"
Me "No, a builder did."
"What does founded mean?"
Me "Founded means that you came up with the idea."
"Oh so your mom and dad came up with Serenbe and then you built the roads and Ms. Garnie built the buildings?"

Happy Friday everyone!!


January 6th 2011

My very first post!
I became a preschool teacher in August 2010 and I have loved absolutely every minute of it. Each and every day one of the kids says something that makes me laugh and I love telling people what they said. So I finally decided to start a blog! I am not much of a writer so each post will consist simply of one hilarious conversation, comment, or statement I heard that day.
At the moment there are 15 kids in our class and I will make up names for each of them unless I get permission from a parent to use their real name. There are a handful of kids who are the main talkers so you might see the same five names on a regular basis. But be sure to watch for the names you do not see that often. Sometimes those are the best.
In honor of the first post I will write my current top three favorite conversations. From here on out there will be one per day.

"Ms. Kara, your socks are very soft."
Me "Thank you but these are tights."
(brief pause followed by Jacob bending over and looking all the way up my dress and then popping right back up) "WOW, they go all the way to the top."
Me holding back my laughter "Yes, Jacob they sure do."

"Ms. Kara I do not ever want to get married because I do not want my belly to be cut open."
Me "Yes Odelia sometimes when you have a baby your belly gets cut open but you can get married and not have a baby."
"Well I still do not want to ever get married."
Me "Why?"
"Because I want to be a princess forever."

"Ms. Kara do you know what happens if you try new foods?"
Me "What happens?"
"You get a new movie."

Oh what will they say today......