Kindergarten – The time of our life!

BY Lynn Van Etta

Teaticket Elementary School

Project Description

The goal of this project is to teach our Kindergarteners about timelines and allow them to put together a memory book of the events and adventures we share together during their Kindergarten year. We (our students and teachers) will take photographs of the events that occur during our Kindergarten year – personal (birthday celebrations, missing teeth) and educational – (activities in science, math, language arts, field trips). We will work with our students to choose and assemble their photographs in personal memory books of Kindergarten. The entries in the memory books will include labels and/or comments written by our students. This will give our students authentic writing practice as well.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

The project will be evaluated by the Kindergarten teachers and our students and families. We will seek feedback from parents about the project and the impact it may have had on their child. We will also seek feedback from our students by observing their enthusiasm and interest in the project.

Benefit to the students and the school

Our students will have a book to keep that helps them to recall all the learning that occurred for them in Kindergarten. They will have had multiple opportunities to write about and reflect on their Kindergarten adventures. They will also have multiple opportunities to talk about and share their Kindergarten events with peers, teachers and family.

We plan to extend our instruction about timelines by having our students create poster timelines of the major events in their lives before entering kindergarten.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

The project has already begun. We started at the beginning of September 2016 with our unexpected (temporary) relocation to the East Falmouth School due to an environmental concern at our home school. We will continue to chronicle our adventures and the events that we share together during our school year. The project will be completed in June 2016.