Kindergartners have so much to say, at all times. Upon arrival, students often share some novelty about their current moment: “I sang in the car with my dad!” “I saw three worms yesterday!” “Tomorrow is my uncle’s birthday and we are going to eat cake!”
If you ever want be inundated with anecdotes, just ask a group of kindergartners their favorite things. They are eager to share and it's usually accompanied by sharply raised hands and a chorus of ‘ooh ooh’, ‘I do, I do” or ‘me me me me’. Unfortunately for them, we curtail this enthusiasm until a more appropriate time. To them it may seem unfair, but there are thirty students and the school day is only five hours long.
A student’s eagerness to share about their life is also a reflection of their emerging personality. This is why ‘Share Time Class’, held weekly on Wednesdays, has been so special for our Kindergarten group. Students share their stories, pictures, videos, or demonstrations, with confidence. Some are natural performers, while others take a while to warm up. Then, they get to call upon their classmates’ and field questions. Miss. Vagatai and I have been impressed by how the rest of the class ardently listens to their classmate’s presentation, and are quick to ask questions.
While the criteria for these presentations are a toy, a talent, a story, or a special interest represented by a physical model, it isn’t like ‘Show and Tell’. Instead, students are encouraged to share how their item, interest, or skill helps them connect to their family.
In light of our goal to ‘holistically educate children’, we endeavor to provide students opportunities to both demonstrate and describe in their words, more about their world. Even at such a young age, they are learning that expressing their personal joys and interests can open up opportunities to build friendships and create memorable experiences with others. I have been and continue to be so proud of each of our students witnessing them take courage, and stand in front of their peers, and share with confidence.