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Toledo Kindergarten Enrichment

Amy Wagner

Amy Wagner

Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence

Kindergarten Enrichment is part of the Children’s House program on the Toledo Campus. Amy Lawrence and Amy Wagner are the program’s co-teachers.

There were many fun and exciting events for the kindergartners as the school year came to a close. The kindergarten children and their parents enjoyed a special lunch of spaghetti, bread, salads, and pasta. Thanks to everyone who brought a dish to share. Laughter and conversation filled the room as we sat together at banquet tables. Afterwards, the children viewed the DVD of Spring Sing. They loved seeing themselves on the big screen and could not help but sing along with their favorite songs. Field Day was next on our to-do list. This was a special day for children in kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in many outdoor activities, such as tug-of-war, racing on scooters, water play, and jumping races in bean bags just to name a few. It was a warm day, but the children kept in good spirits and enjoyed their time with children from different levels. They worked together and rotated through eight different stations. To conclude Field Day, Jana asked the kindergartners to come up on stage and lead the rest of the children in the singing of the school song. They were so proud! At the last gathering with the kindergartners, they were asked to reflect on their experiences this year. They made a memory book of their favorite project in the afternoon, favorite topic, favorite book shared, etc. They were given the opportunity to stand up and share their memory book with everyone at circle. Many enjoyed studying about worms, ladybugs, and creating their papier mache globes. It was a great year with moments we will always remember!

The Kindergarten Luncheon 

 

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Field Day

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Making a Memory Book

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Our Last Picture Together

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Congratulations to the Toledo Kindergarten Class of 2014, which held its closing ceremony on today. Following a greeting by Head of School, Lynn Fisher, the students were escorted by out-going third level students, presented a flower from a Lower Elementary teacher, and then sang two songs from this year’s Spring Sing concert.  It was a wonderful celebration!

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Earth Day and recycling have been our topics of focus recently. We discussed the importance of taking care of our Earth not just on Earth Day, but every day. There are small ways to help that are easy and don’t take much time to do, but can make a huge difference in making our worl a cleaner and healthier place to be. A book called 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh provided us with wonderful tips. Some of them included turning off the water as you are brushing your teeth and turning it back on to rinse (saves about 18 glasses of water each time), using both sides of your paper when writing or coloring (reduces the number of trees used to make paper), and taking walks instead of driving (helps reduce air pollution). As a fun activity, the children planted seeds in a decorated cup to bring home and care for. Plants help keep the air clean too. They decided the seeds needed sunlight, air, and water to grow. This activity requires patience in order to see the results of their planting.

Mpic28                  The children planted flower seeds on Earth Day.

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Another project we embarked on took a couple of meeting times to work on. This involved making a papier mache Earth.  We began by covering the balloon with papier mache and newspaper strips. We got really messy, but everyone had fun doing it. In the next step, we put on blue and green tissue paper pieces to represent the land and the water. Each child had their own unique interpretation of how much of the Earth was made up of water and how much represented the land. After it is dry, we will poke some holes into the hardened papier mache and pop the balloon inside. Then, the Earth can be placed over a flameless tealight candle to illuminate it.

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Mpic24                  This is the first step in making our Earth project.

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Step 2- Adding the tissue paper

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Earth3                                                  Almost finished!

Mpic4                                   Exploring a wet and dry environment

Mpic5                            Exploring a dark and light environment

Mpic6                            Recording our observations of the worms

Mpic7Each child was given the opportunity to observe their own worm up close.

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Oh what fun we had playing with Worms!!!  The children were asked to draw a picture of an earthworm before the worms were brought out.  It was nice to see that so many children had been exposed to worms previously.  We read a book titled I Wonder What It’s Like to be an Earthworm. The book explained the habitat of an earthworm, what an earthworm likes and dislikes, parts of a worm, etc.  We made a book on the different parts of the earthworm and then the children were able to touch and feel an earthworm.  We used our senses to explore the worm.  Does an earthworm smell?  “Like dirt.”  How does the earthworm feel?  “Cold, wet, slippery.”  Does the earthworm make noise?  “No.”  Describe how your earthworm looks. “Wiggly, brown, red, thick, thin.”  And who would like to taste the worm?  Just kidding.  I was glad I did not have a child raise their hand…The following class, we did worm experiments.  We did two experiments:  Do works like dark or light?  And do worms like wet or dry?  Before each experiment the children made a prediction.  We explained that a prediction is what you think will happen or what you think the outcome will be.  Afterwards, we observed worms on a tray where one side of the tray was covered with a piece of paper.  Slowly but surely the worms ventured over under the paper.  We discussed why they like dark better than light?  Worms consider any light to be the sun.  And the sun dries out their skin thus not allowing them to breath.  So when they sense light, they try really hard to find a dark place where they will be safe and not dry out.  We documented the results and moved onto the next experiment.  Do worm like wet or dry?  We made our predictions first and then worms were placed on a tray with one side having a wet paper towel on it.  The worms began moving towards the wet paper after a while.  Again, the worm likes when its skin is wet because it keeps them from drying out and also allows them to move easily through the soil.  We documented our results.  Finally, we made a worm book using describing and action words.  We then gave a name to our earthworm and wrote a story about it.  Many of the stories were quite humorous!