We had our year-end event with families this week. It was the first time in two years that families, children, and teachers were all together. It was wonderful. Children called it the ‘Donut Party’, because they knew doughnuts would be served for snack.
They had no idea what was to come.
What we did was different from all the other classes. They had a singing program, followed by award certificates and ice cream. We had children and parents interacting with pillowcases. Really. All of the research pinpoints that the last words a child hears before they go to sleep are what they remember. What if those words, the ones that mean the world to children, are written on a pillowcase? What if those words are read aloud every night to a child?
Yes, it makes all the difference in the world.
This was our event, and families were deeply engaged with their children, writing words on pillowcases. Teachers walked by, looking along. Families didn’t notice.
This was powerful, important, and a wonderful family event. We also presented families with children’s portfolios, a year-long collection of art, writing, photos, and much more. Oh boy, the tears flowed, in the best of ways.
Here is an email from a parent about their child’s excitement over the ‘Donut Party’:
Early this week we learned from Kiansh that there will be a “Donut Party” next week and he feels excited for it.
Your email communication early this week did confirm the same!
So yesterday he decided to write it down on his calendar so we don’t miss out!
And below is a picture of what he note down on his calendar for June 13th 😊. I just thought to share with you 😊