In early October, Kennett Fire Company visited Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center for their annual Fire Prevention Program. Students learned about fire equipment, fire fighting gear, and also what to do in case of a fire. Students were also treated to their very own Kennett Fire Company fire hats that the entire school wore to their buses. The information presented was extremely important, but also fun and engaging for the students. Everyone at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center appreciates our emergency personnel from Kennett Fire Company No. 24 for making sure we all know what to do in case of emergency.
Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kourtney Phillips, introduced mindfulness to the students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center in an exciting new way for the 2017-2018 school year! The program is called Mindful Movement and is the newest favorite at the school.
In the second year of mindful instruction, Mrs. Phillips is teaching classrooms of students how to calm their minds as well as their bodies and to be “in the here and now”in order to have the best experience throughout the day. Mindful Movement is a variation of yoga that initiates thoughtful movements while the instructor gives the directions. It incorporates listening, movement, and relaxation into one activity. The movements themselves require students to be on yoga mats while their minds are taking in refreshing instruction.
In addition to Mindful Movement, Mrs. Phillips also uses morning announcements on Mondays to motivate teachers and students to use mindfulness in their morning routines. Mindfulness Mondays also give teachers a resource to use in their morning meeting such as a greeting, an activity, or a moment to reflect. These activities illicit feelings of togetherness, community, belonging, and, most of all, caring. Each classroom received a singing bowl this year to assist teachers in facilitating relaxing conversations, breathing techniques, and activities to focus the student’s energy.
Mindful Movement is another way that teachers at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are meeting the needs of all learners. By incorporating the students’ emotional growth into their educational experiences an amazing learning environment is created.
Fall is for leaves changing colors, cooler temperatures (usually), pumpkins, and everything apple!
This month, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center students were treated to a delightfully delicious field trip to Highland Orchard to celebrate the start of school, their apple theme, and fall!
Each class went on a hayride to the apple field where the students exited the wagon and received a bag. Guided by knowledgeable farmers, each student chose an apple from three different varieties available at Highland Orchard. After the students filled their bags, they reloaded the wagon and made their way to the pumpkin patch. There, the farmers showed the students the life cycle of a pumpkin using tangible examples right from the field. The farmer very carefully chose a pumpkin for the class as the students yelled out their wishes for the perfect pumpkin. The farmers shared that always have a good time choosing as the students guide them to their dream pumpkin.
After the hayride came the most delicious and sweetly scented part of the trip. Students entered a classroom of benches and … there was an apple grinder! Each student got a turn to use the apple grinder as they assisted their farmer in the production of fresh apple cider. Everyone received a cup of cider and a fresh baked apple cider doughnut. As one can imagine, they do not last long.
The scarecrow building was up next. It is usually the last leg of the trip. The students really enjoyed stuffing and fluffing their scarecrow to perfection. When it is completely assembled, the scarecrow joins the students and staff back to it’s new home at MDLKC.
This trip is one of the best and the farmers are outstanding. Our students enjoyed the apples, the scarecrow, the sweet treats, and the ride.