Elbows, Knees, Dreams


“There’s a lot of drama in preschool,” notes Kiri, the anonymous blogger behind Elbows, Knees, Dreams. Here, this prekindergarten teacher documents all the excitement of her day-to-day classroom experiences, meditates on effective practice, and poses questions to her many commenters. As with any good storyteller, Kiri has a rich cast of characters and regularly grapples with the realities of being a teacher.

Posts like “Pumpkin’s Communication Issues” (Kiri regularly renames her students after fruits and vegetables to maintain anonymity) explore a child’s perplexing and frustrating learning issues. In another post, “In Praise of Picture Books,” she deals with the trend of pushing children to read chapter books at younger and younger ages. Throughout, Kiri maintains a light and breezy tone, making Elbows, Knees, Dreams an easy and engaging read.