About Me:

Aloha! I'm Wendy Kennar. I'm the mother of a seven-year-old son and a wife living in Los Angeles. I was a public school teacher for twelve years until a chronic medical condition made it necessary to leave my teaching career.

I've always been described as "quiet" - really, I'm just biting my tongue. I've got lots to say, and lots of thoughts to share, I just prefer to write them. That's the purpose of this blog. Each Wednesday, I post a personal essay offering my observations and thoughts.

A few fun facts about me: I've wanted to be a writer since second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Jones, made me a "book" with a yellow construction paper cover. I have never learned to whistle, have always preferred sunflowers to roses, and have spent my life living within the same zip code.

Through the years, my writing has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, United Teacher, GreenPrints, L.A. Parent, DivineCaroline.com, RoleReboot.org, XOJane, and Brain, Child Magazine. Additionally, my personal essays have been included in several anthologies, including: The Barefoot Review, Beyond the Diaper Bag, Lessons From My Parents, Write for Light, Being a Grown-Up: A User's Manual for the Real World, Ka-Pow!, How Writing Can Get You Through Tough Times, Breath and Shadow, The Grey Wolfe Storybook, and Sisters Born, Sisters Found.
I am a regular contributor at MomsLA.com, and you can also find me at Goodreads.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Feel free to comment and share my blog with others!

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Benefits of Kindergarten

Because I was a kindergarten teacher for five years, and now my son is in kindergarten, I'm able to look at this special time in a child's life from two different perspectives.  Check out my observations and thoughts in the essay published at MomsLA.com.

The Benefits of Kindergarten


  1. I don't feel kindergarten should be a full day.I feel the children are way too tired after about four hours and sometimes sooner.It is a big adjustment for them to begin with.I am glad Ryan's school does not do the whole full day schedule.I love reading your work.I love you and I am proud of you.

  2. You have done a great job in preparing Ryan for kindergarten. Your mother and I are very proud of you.

    love, dad

  3. Honey,
    Your writing is amazing!
    I Love You!