me — also known as Kiri, or Mrs. X to the children
The Princess — the principal
Little One — my special friend (every teacher has one), with difficulty holding her temper in, or expressing her feelings appropriately
Crow — a sweet, sometimes confused boy with some issues with communication and abstraction, problem-solving and planning
Blue — a small boy who loves learning, has sparkly eyes, and loves practicing his English
Partridge — our new child, who is sweet, active, wiggly, and outspoken
Quail — a boy who is very much like Partridge, only with better control over the wiggling and interruptions
The Princess — our new principal
Roo — a bouncy, beautiful boy
Starling — a very serious girl who speaks no English
Wren — a small, serious girl
Monkey — a little boy with some extra needs
Squirrel — a sharp little boy who used to pretend he didn’t speak English (he does — quite well)
Deer — a girl who has trouble communicating, and is reluctant to talk
Fox — a girl who speaks both English and Spanish and is smart in both
Miss Slinger — my assistant teacher
the Prince — our principal
Pumpkin — a sweet boy who is very young for his age
Cherry — a smart girl with loads of knowledge and almost as much attitude
Chutney — Cherry’s friend, also very smart, also occasionally a handful
Plum — a sweet girl who thinks it’s important to follow the rules
Zucchini — a boy who likes to play in the same center every day
Raspberry — a child who likes to do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it
Squash — an adorable little boy who is all impulse and no impulse-control, but is so cute it’s hard to get mad at him
Apple — our enigma, a sweet girl who appears to know no English
Miss Nelson — the special ed teacher who works in my room a few days a week
Nan & Amelia Bedelia — special ed assistants
David — really bright boy who hits as a way of communicating (“Hi! [pow!] Let’s be friends!”). David has moved on to a more appropriate setting.
Ferdinand — a sweetie pie who speaks English as a second language and has some special needs
Leo — my late bloomer, very sweet, and a little out of it
Lola — a girl who doesn’t yet speak any English, but can write her name and all the letters, and has an imaginary friend
Lola 2 — a girl who speaks a lot of English, but doesn’t yet have many academic skills, and seems like a sharp, sassy, cool teenager in the making (at the age of 4)
Max — an angelic boy who hasn’t yet learned not to hit, and has, like David, moved to a more appropriate setting
Ruby — a smart, confident, serious, and somewhat goofy girl
Caterpillar — a former student who throws her arms around me every single time she sees me
Edward — our new boy, a little fragile.
Chester and Wilson — cute as can be, don’t speak English, hang out together all morning (they are not brothers, however)
Princess — not named for any children’s book character, but for how her mother sees her. Princess is cute and funny and loud and immature and happy and everyone loves her. Except when she’s whining.
Harold — has hipster parents and is himself quite hip at the age of 4. He’s also very serious and very smart.
Swimmy — a smart, confident boy who loves morning meeting. He’s always perfect at morning meeting. Sometimes the rest of the morning can be hard for him….He’s very impulsive and active and has nearly been suspended from the bus for his behavior.
Duck — a boy who cannot sit still to save his life. Very sweet, but restless and impulsive. Currently driving me crazy.
Titch — a boy with at least one helicopter parent. Subsequently, not as independent or resilient or mature as I’d like to see. Very cute, though.
Owen — a totally normal boy who occasionally seems depressed.
Russell — very sweet, started the year with us in January, may have a little developmental delay