This week the Aspen room learned about the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr, and Rosa Parks! We discussed what life was like before the Civil Rights Movement and all about those who helped to change the laws, and those who helped to create a better world striving towards liberty and justice for all. We read the book, This Is The Dream by, Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander that allowed the class to see the unfairness and inequality while learning about steps that have been taken to change various laws, rules, and modes of thought. The Aspen class also re-enacted the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the story of Rosa Parks during morning meeting (line time). Children volunteered to play the different characters in order to reanact and experience what it must have felt like to be Rosa Parks. Many of the children used words like; “that’s unfair”, “that is mean”, “that is rude”, and “Rosa was there first!”. As a class, we discussed these feelings and what it must have been like to experience unfairness like this, and the importance of what being peaceful and kind means.
The book we read had many illustrations demonstrating kindness and peacefulness. As we discussed this topic, the class read and thought about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
I realize that this can be a heavy topic for the Preschool and Kindergarten room, it was kept general and light. By spreading kindness and being compassionate towards others we can change the world!
The Kindergarten students continued their exploration of Multiplication this week through work with the Skip Counting Chains, and revisited multiplication through the Stamp Game, and The Golden Beads (Decimal System) .
Next week we will be learning about adaptation, hibernation, and migration. We will research these topics and learn what they are and what they mean. We will classify which animals adapt, hibernate, or migrate while learning fun and interesting animal facts. At the same time, we will also use visual discrimination skills to observe and explore animal footprints.
Exploring addition facts with the Addition Stripboard.
The Aspen class during line time re-enacting the story of Rosa Parks and what lead to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.