Meet Kari

Hello!  My name is Kari Nonn and I am a Kindergarten teacher.
I am excited to be a part of the awesome group of teachers who blog on Our Elementary Lives.  I never thought I would blog, but when my friend Paige asked if I would like to join her in this endeavor I thought of the line in the movie Julie and Julia when Julie Powell says, "I could write a blog!  I have thoughts!"  So here we go!

This year is my 8th year of teaching and it still feels fresh and exciting every day.  I have taught 2nd graders and Kindergarteners.  Both are amazing for different reasons, but one thing they have in common is that there's never a dull moment.  I love it!

I got married and bought a house this year.  There is always something going on with the house- gardening, painting, and projects here and there.  I am learning so many new things. 









This year I have really embraced movement in the classroom.  I have always done a bit here and there, but at the beginning of this year I decided to really dive right in.  As we all do, I watched and listened to my students to find out what they need and this was what I found helpful.

On to the teacher talk!  One of my favorite finds of the year has been GoNoodle.  This website has all sorts of movement activities for kids from short brain breaks to full indoor recess videos.  I have become a strong believer in the power of movement in the classroom.

Another movement site I have been using is Cosmic Kids Yoga.
The woman who leads it, Jaime, is fabulous!  Yes, she is in a
onsie.  She tells stories and keeps the kids engaged and moving their bodies.
There are many choices from 20 minute yoga stories to Zen Den
meditations. 

 My final share is a book that's on my 'to read' list.  It's called Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and their Parents).  I think in our ever faster moving world, it is so important that we teach our students how to find their calm.

I hope these tips and suggestions give you some food for thought. 

Until next time!
-Kari



2 comments

  1. I love GoNoodle too! It has saved my third grade class from the indoor recess crazies on many a snowy or rainy day this year. It sounds like we need to try cosmic kids yoga next! ~Rita S.

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  2. Looking forward to hearing from you again soon - you do "have thoughts!" Insightful and amazing thoughts! It's a privilege to work with you!

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