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Western Union Elementary kindergarteners have exciting month
While studying a community helpers unit, kindergarteners at Western Union Elementary have had lots of very special visitors recently.
Students were very excited when members of the Mineral Springs Volunteer Fire Department brought two of their fire trucks on campus. Firefighters answered the children’s questions, described the equipment they used, and gave them lots of fire safety tips.
Other important guests at the school included the Mayor of Mineral Springs, Rick Becker, School Resource Police Officer Stephanie Harms from Parkwood Middle School, and two nurses who talked about their jobs.
Students also participated in a Career Dress-Up Day. All kindergarten classes met in the media center and were able to see their friends and classmates dressed in their career choices.
There were police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, construction workers, chefs, teachers, baseball players, military servicemen, and many more. The children explained the tools they needed for their jobs and the uniforms they wore.
Western Union also had its annual Grandparents’ Week in mid October. There were more than 40 grandparents who visited their grandchildren’s kindergarten classrooms.
Each class welcomed the grandparents with special nametags, pictures and songs. Grandparents ate lunch with their grandchildren in the cafeteria and visited Western Union’s Book Fair in the Media Center. It was obvious that it was a special day for the grown-ups and the children.
Kindergarten students also had its first field trip – a visit to Aw Shucks Farm, a local educational farm in Union County.
Students saw a 100-year-old train car, an old-time store and the products that would have been sold many years ago. There was a small animal area with chickens, roosters, turkeys, goats, sheep and ponies. The children were able to feed the goats and sheep.
There was a corn maze, a wagon ride, a grain bin slide and a play area. At the end of the day, each child got to pick a pumpkin to bring home.
At the end of “Wild October,” the kindergarten classes read Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, an award-winning book that is very popular with children.
The kindergarteners celebrated the story with a “wild rumpus” of their own, wearing their pajamas to school, making Wild Things’ masks, and stomping their feet in a Wild Things’ parade – a fun way to re-enact a favorite story.
Written by: Maureen Fumo, a Kindergarten Teacher
Posted: Nov 12, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe