Working in the Admission Office makes it pretty easy to get caught up in the important day-to-day work of enrolling students.  Typically, the only class time I get to see is when I’m doing my daily walk-throughs and the occasional stop into a classroom during a tour with a prospective family.  But one of the reasons I love my job so much is that I get to interact with our youngest students on a semi-regular basis.  When I had the opportunity to assist in Mrs. Weber’s Kindergarten class earlier this week, I jumped at the chance!

Every morning the kids have assigned jobs; they put their backpacks away, organize their folders, and make their lunch choice.  You’d be surprised to see our five-year-olds’ excitement with having these responsibilities!  Next, we gathered on the carpet to greet each other and review the class news. Just like all of the Academy’s other Early Childhood and Lower School classrooms, Responsive Classroom® (RC) is a big part of the Kindergarten morning routine — and Mrs. Weber certainly incorporates RC techniques to keep her students on-task and engaged in the discussion.  We talked about what it looks like to be a listener, and we learned how to show our friends that we’re ready to hear what they have to say.  (Maybe I should try that in my next grown-up meeting?)

Before I knew it, it was time for recess!  It’s amazing what 10 minutes of running around on the playground can do for a Kindergartener’s attention span — especially considering their next “specials” class for the day was Suzuki strings.

The real fun began once we split into two groups for strings and writing.  I was able to really see how our Kindergarteners learn to write and express their feelings.  Mrs. Weber asked them to draw their favorite thing from the first week of school (knowing that they would be revisiting and adding to their writing later).  As a class visitor, I was able to talk with them about what they loved most during their first week and get to know each of them a little better.

Then it was time for lunch and saying our goodbyes for the day — because the Academy offers full-day Kindergarten, our students headed back to their classroom for more afternoon learning, while I headed back to my day job.  I enjoyed spending time in the classroom and getting to know our students, and I couldn’t believe how quickly the time passed.  A very warm thank you to Mrs. Weber and her Kindergarten class for a fantastic morning and a view of the Academy from the eyes of a 5-year-old!

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