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Kindergarten’s New Opportunity Day

As the children become more invested in their inquiry into how ‘Personal journeys show the way that people change and can lead to new opportunities‘ their discussions have gradually become personal. It also showcased their ability to share ideas in a group, listen to each other, develop new ideas, solve problems peacefully and collaborate on planning projects. We have been privileged to witness their development and progress and we are proud to have been a part of their learning journeys this year.

It is our new opportunity, we have to do everything by ourselves. 

The children brainstormed ideas of what are some of the possibilities for this new opportunity.

As we continued our discussions over weeks of preparation, the ideas fused and developed. We finally narrowed down our options: pool party, breakfast at school, dance party, BBQ, watch a movie and bring stuffed animals to school. The children decided to do a blind vote (something they learned from Gr. 3) and the result was Pool party and watch a movie at school. Once this was decided, it was time to plan. Ingredients were listed out and each child volunteered to bring one or two ingredients. The children drew upon their prior experience from celebration of learning earlier in the year. They thought of everything from food, blow up pool, cutleries and utensils to movies for the afternoon when they will be tired and need a rest.

Pizza received the overwhelming votes. The children wrote a letter to Mr. Darren, whom the children think is an expert on making pizza, asking for help. They worked out that pizza dough need to be made ahead of time, thus a schedule was made (see picture above).  Mr. Darren, helped with making pizza dough and baking four trays of pizzas in the kitchen oven.

At the end of the day, we wonder what the children think of their New Opportunity so we posed these questions for them to reflect upon:

What do you think about today?

Lubna   It was so fun to make pizza dough. It’s so yummy to eat pizza. It’s a best day today. I like the pool because we all splash together. We all splash Mr. Claydon and Ms. May. I splash everyone. I want to do that every time.

Yibo      I think so long to go to outside. I like the pool party.

Lin          It was so fun to go into the blow up pool.

Caden    I like that we had a pool party. It was so fun. The pizza was so good.

Yanchaun    I like to splash.

Sophia      I like when I bring my towel and I lie down to do a nap and eat fruit with Yuri. I share towel with Yuri and then we go to the water because it was too hot.

Elayna    It was really fun today and I really like the pizza that we made. It was really fun playing outside at pool party.

Grace    I like to be in the pool and splash around and playing with my friends running around getting splashed and playing with my friends outside.

Daniel   It was really fun at the pool. I didn’t know that the pool was bigger than the mat.

Learah    It was fun the pool party. I played with friends. It was fun because we played with Mr. Claydon and we just splash with each other so it was fun.

Silas    I really had fun with the pool party because it was really fun that we did splashing and all of the other stuff- eating pizza.

Kaito   It was so fun because Mr. Claydon was splashing with the hose.

Nico    Today was so fun because the pool party we all got wet and it was fun.

Cole   I really thought that today was really run because we had pizza and we also have a pool party and we watched Shaun the Sheep.

Kai   I like the pool party because we played with pet bottle and splashed people.

Kodai   Today is so fun because pool is fun.

Emma   The pool was fun and it was fun to go out and it was fun to splash and kind of dive.

Rain   I like how to make pizza. And I like splash up water. I like on pizza a cheese. I like eating pizza. I like cutting the fruit. I like splash in a pool in water and splash people. I like pool party.

What was difficult for you?

Grace   Making the pizza dough because mine kept breaking into little wholes. It was difficult to stop the holes getting in the pizza.

Lin   It was difficult to splash the water to Mr. Claydon.

Yanchuan    It was diff to splash because  different people run.

Emma    It was hard to stay in the water so long because it was really cold.

Lubna   The water was cold but now it’s warm.

Sophia   It was difficult to go in the pool because it was cold.

For more pictures, please check out our Flickr album here.

KS Healthy restaurant

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 2.12.38 PMIt is through the process of working together as a community towards a common goal that the children showed their ability to think creatively, share their ideas, negotiate with one another, vote, organize and solve problems.  The children have put their effort into many weeks of preparation for the Celebration of Learning.  They wanted to have food as part of the event and decided upon a menu which included fruit salad, vegetable salad, onigiri, norimaki and odango. The restaurant idea came along towards the end of our discussions. The children were keen to act as hosts and they expressed their desire to become a ‘waiter/waitress’ at the Celebration of Learning. Thus, our final layout of the classrooms and ambience on the actual day of celebration reflected this idea of KS Healthy restaurant.

Upon reflection the children were able to voice their opinions about the event. We posted two guided questions.


Erica     It was really fun because I sing a song to everyone.

Aoi     I like everything. I do it guitar with everyone here and I with mom and I like that.

Akihiko   I like give food to mom.

Jina       I like making food because making food, I like to show to mom.

Nora     I like giving my mom food and finishing my mom’s plate for her.

Ami     I like to cook in the cafeteria and I like to eat.

Jesse     I want to eat with mom. Nori maki was yummy.

Hagyeom   I was making something lunch. It’s fun for mom.

Owen       I like the Odango and I like the Jingle Bell song and I like Aoi playing the guitar.

Jamil         I like Aoi playing the guitar. I like eating food with my mom.

Shoma        I like bring snack with mom.

Charlotte     I like serving my mom because I never had the chance before and it’s fun.  I like cutting the vegetable.

Oliver       I like building restaurant. I like making all the signs and drawing because I like drawing.

Scarlett     I like having my dad over. We haven’t had a restaurant before so that’s why I like having my dad over. It was nice to see all the moms and dads here in this room and in the other room. Also when we were serving our parents it was kind of fun but also kind of nice because we never serve our parents.

Taylor       I’m eating with mommy and I’m gonna get the food. Mommy was eating and I ate Odango.

Mai     Anybody don’t tell what we learned. This class yesterday mommy come, we didn’t tell what we learned. I like Aoi doing guitar. I love everything. I love to eat. I love the guitar. I love the prepare. Sing a song. And I love to eat with my mom. Yesterday was so fun. I love the decoration and the set up the table.

Chloe     I like Aoi playing the guitar nicely and I like serving my mom because I never do it and it was the first time. I like the food that we made with our mom. And I like Merry Christmas song because mostly everybody was singing it. I like how nicely the tablecloths were. We did a great job on the celebration of learning day. When we tidy up they were nicely folded.

Masaichi    I like the making Nori maki and the Odango.


Ami    My difficult thing was I tried to read for my mom.

Jesse   Tomato cutting. It was slippery.

Hagyeom   The Nori maki was really hard, I cannot roll it. I rolled it this way and not this way (sideways).

Owen     The difficult thing was making the sushi, Nori maki was hard because I had to roll. It was hard making the whole place beautiful and it was hard to serve my mom and dad. It’s tiring going back and forth and back and forth.

Jamil       It was difficult to make the Odango and the sushi and Nori maki.

Shoma    Hard to cut the carrots.

Charlotte   It was a little bit hard to cut the carrots and it was kind of hard for me to smush the Odango. It was also hard for me to make the classroom feel good.

Scarlett    It was hard because I might cut myself again like I did when we were cutting the sweet potato.

Oliver      Tried to make all those signs. I had to get glue sticks and that. It was difficult to make 5 sings, I had to write and stick them.

Taylor       It’s difficult the decoration.

Chloe         It was difficult to use the knife because I never use the knife.

Masaichi    Put the stick into the apple. Apple is little bit hard.

Erica       It was really difficult to use the big knife. The small knife is not difficult. The big knife was too big and I was a little bit scared.

Aoi     I do it the cucumber but it was hard to cut.

Akihiko   I difficult cutting tomato.

Jina     Cutting pear was hard.   

Nora     It was hard for me to not have free inquiry for the first time.

Mai     Carrot and salad was hard to cut.

It has been a great learning process for the children. We hope to put together another Celebration of Learning at the end of the year.

Please enjoy the slideshow by Ms. Susan below.

Celebration of Learning from Kindergarten S on Vimeo.

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