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Educator Diamond has worked with the younger set for 25 years. Most recently, she taught kindergarten at New York City's P.S. 87, the setting for this memoir and sourcebook for current or aspiring teachers and parents. In the foreword, artist and writer Feiffer reminisces about his own school days, reveals that Diamond taught one of his daughters and offers words of praise for the book, citing its rich sense of inquiry, observation, mission and self-examination. Indeed, Diamonds passion for her work, affection for the kids and her dedication to their improvement is evident throughout the book. Even as she describes her experiences with her pupils, she details the times she questioned her own judgment. She is also frank about how to engage a child and when to involve his or her parents: for example, she describes a student named Henry (whose Welcome to the Aquarium sign inspired the books title), who is initially reluctant to participate in artistic projects, and decides to call in his parents to talk about her concerns. Diamond's honesty makes for a highly informative if overlong narrative. (Dec.)
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At the age of 60, Diamond has spent 25 years teaching mostly in the New York City public schools. Grounded in the progressive education methods of Bank Street College, Diamond began her career amid the social tumult of the 1960s. From the perspective of her long career, she offers not only techniques and lesson plans but also personal observations of her students and an appreciation of how important it is to understand children. She describes the rituals and routines of Room K-104, her kindergarten class at PS 87 in a highly diverse neighborhood on the Upper West Side. At the heart of the book is Henry, a boy who starts off reticent but becomes an essential part of the art class. Diamond details her journey as a teacher to reach Henry and his personal journey to grow and find his place in the shared experience of Room K-104. She intersperses accounts of the school year with analysis of literacy, classroom engagement, and the challenges of education standardizations and also writes candidly of her “mistakes, confusions, and good guesses.” --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595583483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595583482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shodell on December 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great performances should look effortless -- the culmination of the monumental effort that went into their preparation. But never before had I thought of that as applying to kindergarten! I hated kindergarten (at least for the six weeks that they let me stay there). Thanks to the insights of Julie Diamond, I now have some comprehension of what was going on. Mostly meant for the motivated educator, this in-depth look at early schooling can also take the lay reader (such as myself) behind the scenes to see what can happen when it is done right -- making a seamless delightful experience in the shaping young lives. You will never look at parent-teacher conference day the same way again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Soloff on March 5, 2009
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I worked as a kindergarten ed. assistant for four years and I can testify that Ms. Diamond's book, "Welcome to the Aquarium," honestly reflects what happens in that first year of elementary education. It's all there: the routines, the frustrations, the socialization (or lack of), the formalized exposure to skills that will enable them as adults, and of course, the love and joy that will usually prevail when you are surrounded by a group of joyful, squirming, vibrant five year olds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Scott Wiley on August 8, 2009
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Julie Diamond writes about her kindergarten class and weaves her philosophy of teaching throughout the text. A great book for educators, parents, and anyone who wants to see what kindergarten should be like--discovery, experimentation, curiosity, socialization, and learning--and what is should not include--standardized testing, imposed standards. Diamond writes of following the children's lead in creating her study themes and units as well as using the children's work to cover the classroom walls, allowing them to make an environment that belongs to them. Her words were inspiring and filled with hope for an educational system that helps children become learners and not just cogs in its wheels.
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