Our class was honored with visits by Grandparents and Parents, an Aunt, an Older Sister and Friend for this year's "Grand Friends" Day!
We made introductions and interviewed our guests about their own Kindergarten experiences and heard some familiar, funny and surprising responses. When we asked, "What was it like when you went to Kindergarten?" We learned that:
"I remember blocks... art. We did a thing called 'finger painting.' We ate cookies and milk. We read early. I remember eating the paste."
"It was fun! I don't remember. There were lots of friends. I came from the old country... it was simple... I remember good times."
"Kindergarten was so much fun! I even remember my teacher's name, Mrs. Smith! She was tall, had blond hair and wore really fun glasses! She was really, really nice. We painted with our fingers and with brushes. My Mommy saved something (from my days at kindergarten), a hand print in plaster and just gave it to me recently. We would come home for lunch."
"I had the same Preschool Teacher, Elaine (Neelands) as (Thomas') sister and brother! We would play in the sand box and dig for rocks at recess. I was really shy too. I still read!"
"I didn't go to Kindergarten. I think that my Mom wanted me to stay at home. In first grade their were friends. We learned our letters. Reading was fun. I felt kind of small in comparison to the older kids in the school."
"I didn't go to Kindergarten. I had two years of Preschool. My Dad insisted I was ready for 1st grade so I had to answer questions in the Principal's office. I was in a play in front of everybody. I remember wearing pajamas. I also remember running around at the playground."
Our class listened to a funny and wacky Thanksgiving story, There Was an Old Woman who Swallowed A Pie during Circle Time.
Afterward, Our Grand Guests were challenged with tackling one of our favorite Math activities-problem solving how to stack up a pyramid of plastic cups. We shared how Kindergarten Math may look differently than our Friends might remember. Kindergartners then demonstrated their ideas for completing the same task.
"Choice Time" included some of our favorite past times-drawing, playing with small cars, browsing through books, and recess. We also sampled an abundant snack time complete with meat pies, cole slaw, potato salad, a variety of fruits and veggies, pumpkin bread, and jambalaya along with the usual 'Charlie Brown' fare of pretzels and jelly beans. We remembered later, however, that we forgot the toast and popcorn!
Even a Grand Sibling and SK Teachers Elaine and Chris made an appearance that morning!
Two sets of our Grand Parents even visited us from Colorado via Skype! This was a fabulous example of use of technology in the classroom. We were thankful for tech support from Lexi's Mom and Rachel!
Reflecting back on the day, this was one of the most delightful, heartwarming days of the school year so far! We are so grateful for the many "Grand" families, friends and community partners who impact the lives of our Darling Kindergartners! Happy Thanksgiving and Thanks so much!