One night in KP… the reflection on the sleepover.

As happens so often, I am inspired by the independence and initiative of these five and six year olds as they manage their belongings and take responsibility for their needs. And I am humbled by the empathy and compassion with which the children treat each other and the way they comfort and care for one another. The sleepover has been a bonding experience for the children and an important part of their personal and group learning journey through Kindergarten.

Words by Tasha Cowdy (last year kindergarten teacher, I think her reflection  conveys our feeling about the sleepover perfectly.)

 

KP reflect on the sleepover.

 Amelia: My best thing was running outside.

Daniel: I liked when we ate the pizza.  I didn’t like sleeping , I didn’t do anything but refresh my body and I stayed up and my eyes couldn’t close. I was calming down.

Ophelia: Staying up and watching the movie and watching the tooth fall out of Mihajlo.

Mihajlo: Losting my tooth and sleeping with Shivom. The park, I get tired.

Henry: I liked that you got to run outside in your pajamas and scream in the hallway. I didn’t like it how there wasn’t any chocolate cereal, I didn’t get any.

Elly-Grace: The best thing was watching Pink Panther and eating popcorn. I don’t really like going to sleep because I slept in later than that now.

Takafumi: I got to play for very , very screaming loudly. This time we didn’t walk for so long, so the hiking was fun.

Kai: Playing with pajama outside and playing light outside and maybe that… no no and playing the Angry Birds.

Mika: I like when we sleep together and play together.

And so they slept…

Frederique joins the sleepover from the Netherlands.

Our sleepover began with a Skype call with Frederique. When she left our class to return to the Netherlands her parents told her she could join the sleepover on Skype. The children have been sending tweets back and forth and had much to discuss. The reconnection  over Skype was instantaneous and I was surprised that some of the quieter members of the class wanted to engage in conversations with Frederique. The children were excited to discuss their birthdays and the lose of their teeth. Some children went over to the projector screen and reached out to touch Frederique’s face. This was a wonderful moment, a reconnection that would not have been possible without technology.

Reflecting on the sleepover

After the weekend I asked the children to reflect on the sleepover. They didn’t feel the need to change anything. One child felt the time in the park was too long and made them tired.

 

 

Hana: I liked the Pink Panther movie. I liked the flashlight because in the dark we said BOO! and it was very funny. We should make more time with the talking about what shall we will play in the park.

Julie: The Pink Panther was funny. When we brushed our teeth there were only two persons and no one at the baby tape. Why don’t we take two hours in the park not three.

Su Won: The Pink Panther was so long. The flashlight we can see outside very well.I don’t need flashlight it still sunny, light. The park because after Zach and me look at Oskar, Allen and Ray chasing. Allen and Feng was I like it.

Allen: In the morning I had iPad because I woke up so early because I don’t like sleep, it was so hot to sleep.

Feng: The popcorn was so yummy, I haven’t eaten the popcorns. I eat it all up.

Alex: We could runaround outside and play in the dark.

Ray: When Su Won woke up in the morning he shouted and Allen, Oskar and me laughed.

Naoimh: I liked playing around in the dark.

Jiwon: I like go to dark. sandwiches.

Oskar: Running in the dark because it was funny.

Shoma: Flashlight because fun.

Aiden: Pink Panther was so funny. I liked watching Charlie and Lola.

Eren: Pink Panda

Zach: Playing flashlight in the nighttime.

Sofie: I like Pink Panda it was so funny when the people came running so fast. We need to run in the park not just staying still.

So it seems the only things you need for a successful sleepover are a Pink Panther cartoon, a torch, some food and the company of friends.

 

One night in KP

Thank you to Tasha for the following words which convey my sentiments exactly.

As happens so often, I am inspired by the independence and initiative of these five and six year olds as they manage their belongings and take responsibility for their needs. And I am humbled by the empathy and compassion with which the children treat each other and the way they comfort and care for one another. The sleepover has been a bonding experience for the children and an important part of their personal and group learning journey through Kindergarten.

The Park by Yuri Airs

The children loved this extended time in the park and really enjoyed their homemade sandwiches. Ham, cheese and blueberry jam was an innovative choose and proved a popular combination. The carrots, grapes, tomatoes and apples were eaten fast. The watermelon was a lovely treat when we returned to school.

When night fell the children pointed to the moon and said, “Look it’s dark, it really is sleepover”. The pizza was due to arrive at 7pm and the children kept a close eye on the time. Naoimh and Aiden were the pizza guards and stood by the gate waiting for the delivery. The rest of the adventure is documented below.

 

Kindergarten sleep-over night falls, why did you organise a sleep-over?

As the school emptied and dusk drew around us, the children started to ask questions.

“Is my sister still here?”

“What time is it? Is it past 3 O’clock?”

“When is it dinner time?”

My answer

“The school belongs just to you!”

Why did we have a sleep-over in Kindergarten?

  • So children can take responsibility for planning an event that has implications for them.
  • So children can work collaboratively with others.
  • So children can move just outside their comfort zone and take control.
  • So children have an education experience in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

 

The Sleep-over begins, play in the park.

Thank you to Ms Pender, Ms Catasti, Ms. Clair and Ms Sunita for helping supervise the time in the park. The children were actively engaged in their environment. We found it valuable to give the children this extended period of time to explore. After the initial running around the children became  immersed in nature.  Max and Kazumi spent 20 minutes watching a snail move around the well. Miel and Jessica found lots of weeds and made a perfume blend. You could only smell it if you had the password! Hwaji and Chae-Yoon looked for four leaf clover. There were lots of puddles to splash in.

All the exercise made the children hungry. The children moved to a new location because they felt it would be better for food. The biggest KP hit was… ham and jam sandwiches!