Happy New Year!  How many of you made it to midnight?!  How many of you feel bad today?  And how many of you are having an extremely lazy day today?!  We’re still in pajamas and have done nothing.  It’s been a very lazy day.  Even Butters, The CEO of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard has slept all day!

Today I am linking up with my bloggy BFF, Katie at Teacher To The Core and our friend Lisa at Growing Firsties (Go ask Lisa about her crush….)   for a Shout Out Linky!  You have to shout out two bloggers and their blogs.  One of the blogs has to have to more followers than you and the other has to have less followers than you!  So here goes!

My blog with more followers has a story!  4 years ago I was in a faculty meeting at school and the meeting ended with the principal telling us to line up and exit through the front of the library.  We quickly realized she was handing tiny slips of paper with our new teaching assignments for the next year.  Yeah.  That happened.  I turned to the teacher behind me and said “If it’s Kindergarten or 4th grade” I am flipping burgers at McDonald’s.  I get my slip of paper.  Guess what my new teaching position was?!  Yep.  Kindergarten.  The look on some faces said it all.  I couldn’t do it.  I would be a horrible Kindergarten teacher.  I walked to my classroom, got my stuff and went to my car where I called my mommy and CRIED.  True story.  31 year old man.  Sitting in his car in the school parking lot and crying to his mommy.  When I told my mom I was the newest Kindergarten teacher at the school her response was:  SILENCE.  So I cried more.  Yep.  No shame in my game.  Skip ahead a few days and I finally realized there was more to the decision to move than met the eye so I decided to prove that I could teach kindergarten and that I could do it amazingly well.  That first weekend after learning of my fate, I sat down at my laptop and Googled “kindergarten classrooms” and this lady popped up.

Deanna Jump is a sweet and incredibly talented and inspiring lady.  Seriously, after browsing through her site I had a ton of ideas and felt much better about teaching Kindergarten.  Mrs. Jump was my first leap into kindergarten and when I realized that I could do this and it could be fun.  So, thank you Deanna for giving me the boost I needed!  And she’s just adorable!!  Her recent blog post on fitness makes me giggle!

My next shout out is a brand new blog that I discovered today!  Her blog is super cute and she has fonts and clip art so you know I love that!  OOOOO CLIPART!  Khrys at Keepin’ It Cool In KinderLand has a lot of great ideas on her blog!  You definitely need to go by and check her out!

And introducing another kindergarten smorgasboard common core aligned creation!  This one will appeal to your boys (and probably your girls, too!)  I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs?!  Check out my new Dino Myte addition pack!  

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  • Reply Mrs. Payton January 2, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Love this freebie…I may have to rush to school in the morning and print it before school!

  • Reply Lisa Mattes January 2, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I am in shock that a principal would give out job assignments that way. And, not surprised at all that you more than rise to the occasion! Your little monsters are so darn lucky to have you!

    And, I just found Khrys this week, as well. loving her stuff!

    Thanks so much for linking up! MCC

  • Reply Lisa Mattes January 2, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Darn phone. 🙂

  • Reply Deanna Jump January 2, 2013 at 3:05 am

    You are too sweet! I am honored that you included me in your shout outs. I'm so glad that my blog was able to help ease your stress about teaching the Littles. There is no job more rewarding!

  • Reply Khrys January 2, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Oh my goodness, Greg!! I feel so honored that you chose me 🙂 thank you so very much! Your blog is absolutely fantastic and I'm thrilled to be one of your trusty followers! I can relate to that scary moment that you find out you're going to teach kindergarten. It's a completely different world, isn't it!? But it is the best 🙂 you are a total Rockstar! Thanks so much again!

  • Reply Ashley January 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

    This post had me cracking up! There is nothing more awesome than a man who isn't afraid to share his feelings! I can't believe your principal just handed out assignments like that.. crazy! I have no idea how I would react. But I just have this crazy feeling that you are an amazing K teacher and your little darlings love you! I'm a new blogger so I'll hope you'll come over & check me out. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog! 🙂

    Primary Teacherhood

  • Reply Katie Knight January 2, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Greg, thanks for linking up with us!!! You are rocking kindergarten, and I have agree that Mrs. Jump has helped all of us!

  • Reply Crayons and Curls January 2, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Thank you for introducing me to a new blog! Keepin' It Kool in Kinderland is a cute blog! Can't wait to read more! And I love Mrs. Jump's blog – she was one of my first blog's too! I love teaching Kindergarten! I think it is the most rewarding – You get to see so much growth in one year! Happy 2013!
    Crayons and Curls

  • Reply Mrs. Leeby January 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Love your blog and this new unit! My little boys need this! I'm linked up, too! Thanks for all of your honesty and cool creations!

    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  • Reply Linda January 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Oh my gosh, Greg I love your sense of humor and the way you write! The way you tell your story is hysterical! You have to keep a journal and write a book someday of The Adventures of a Reluctant Kindergarten Teacher!

    I can't even imagine a principal handing out job assignments like that…how demoralizing to keep teachers guessing like that! You have definitely proven that you can do it, and do it AMAZINGLY well!

    I truly enjoy your blog! Happy New Year and may you have the best Kindergarten adventure ever in 2013!

  • Reply Erica Bohrer January 5, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Awe, it does take a very special person to teach kindergarten! When I was a sub, I hated subbing in Kindergarten and I told my mom I would teach anything but it! Then my first job was Kindergarten and I ended up loving it. Now, I have been in first for 9 years, but someday I might go back.

  • Reply Leslie - The Groovy Teacher January 6, 2013 at 12:40 am

    What a great story and with a happy ending. I remember when I first found out I had to teach Grade 1 after being a 4th grade teacher and I did the same thing as you did, googled first grade and there was Deanna Jump. Don't know what I would have done without her. I loved reading your post:)

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