Thursday, November 27, 2014

Meet Marley! Our Classroom Pet!

Hi there!! 
It's Amber from Mrs. Masters Kinder Love again!!

I am going to be sharing ideas from my kindergarten classroom with you on the 27th of every month!
Today, I am sharing all about our classroom pet, Marley! A few weeks ago Marley was dropped off at our school by a local business that no longer needed him. While my kids were at recess, I placed him in our classroom library. 

You would not believe the screams when we walked back into the classroom after recess! 

Student 1:  "Ahhhhh we got a dog!"

Student 2: "Oh my gosh, you got us a pet!"

Student 3: "He's real!"

I decided to play along. 

Me:  "Boys and girls, where did this dog come from? Did one of you bring him in?!"

They're convinced he just wandered in :) 

Kindergarteners are seriously the best! 
They decided to name the dog Marley and of course we had to celebrate because it was obviously Marley's birthday! We may or may not have had some party hats! 

One of our kinder friends made Marley a collar so he doesn't wander off and another student made him a fancy, little leash!!

Marley has been a great addition to our classroom! My kids seriously LOVE him and believe he's real. Every time they walk by him they have to pet him, hug him and some of them whisper things in his ear. 
They also believe he comes alive at night (their idea, not mine!) when no one else is at school. 

The other day he was on the computer when we got to school! We knew it was him because the other computers were still turned off, but not Marley's computer! 

Silly Marley!

Marley has provided us with many opportunities for on demand writing and my students could not be more excited about it!! 

"Marley went to the computers. Marley went by the library".

 "Marley snuck to the computers last night when the teachers weren't here or kids."

I loooove their writing! :)

As you can see Marley has brought a lot of  happiness to my kindergarten classroom!

He even loves Mo Willems books like the rest of us!
He is just too much fun!

The best thing about Marley is that he is easy to take care of, quiet and he doesn't shed! Definitely my kind of pet! I hope that we've inspired you to get a pet for your classroom!!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day with your loved ones and reflect on all of the things you are thankful for! Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. My classroom pet is a tiny stuffed hamster named Humphrey after the delightful chapter book character created by Betty Birney! He has never had classroom "adventures" like Marley, but we do have hamster-size journals that we write in after we've enjoyed our afternoon read aloud! As a dog-lover, and a lover of the Marley books, your Kindergarten canine companion is the BEST pet ever!
    Stories and Songs in Second

    1. Jennifer I LOVE that you have a stuffed hamster! :) I'm sure your kids adore Humphrey! It's funny because I am not a dog lover but I think Marley may turn me into one! :)


  2. This is so adorable!!! I am so glad I saw this! I have been feeling very sad that admin won't let us do an Elf on the Shelf in our classrooms. Thank you for adding fun back to the classroom!

    1. I'm so happy you enjoyed this post! There is nothing better than seeing your kids sooo excited about something! This is when the most magical learning happens! Can't wait to hear all about your beagle!! :)