Kindergartners were also reassured that the probability of experiencing a tornado was rare and that they were safe but it is good to know what to do just in case. It was continuously stressed that the Kindergartners were the most important "thing" to worry about in case of emergency far above their shoes, coats, or toys. Their safety is always the priority! Afterward, Kindergartners used their chemistry skills to assemble their own simulated "tornado in a jar" using vinegar, dish soap, and water. They practiced the circular swirling motion of the jars to create the spiral and were able to identify the vortex or eye of the storm. They then journaled about tornado terms, illustrated a spiral, asked additional questions, and reflected on all of their newly acquired information.
The Science lesson concluded with a trip to the bathroom to practice a "tornado drill." A mock tornado "warning" was announced by Shan, everyone lined up quietly at the door, and ventured to the first restroom on the right near the water fountains. Shan took attendance and then had every Kindergartner practice a safe body posture of sitting with their back to the wall and heads down in their laps. They also discussed how important it is to stay calm as much as possible. Traditionally, a story, toys, or games are in tow just in case the stay gets lengthy. The children were told that weather conditions are updated by administrators with the aid of the Weather Channel app on cell phones and an "all clear" would be announced when it is safe.
|Today's tornado sighting near Gregory, MI.|
All in all it was an awesome display of team work by kids, parents, and staff! Thank you to the many Parents and Care Providers who came in and did whatever needed to be done to make sure our SK babies were comfortable, reassured, and fed. Ks were very prepared!!!!