Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families:

This week we hosted more experts in the acting/drama fields.  Foster Longo, a performer and makeup artist, joined us to show us how makeup can change a person from themselves to a character who is completely different. He talked about how male actors can perform as female characters and vice versa. We were able to watch how Foster transforms himself into the character Lili by using makeup.

Rick Jacobsen and Neesa Procaccino, TPS art teachers, showed us some props and sets they helped design with Middle Schoolers for the Shakespeare Festival.  We learned that a set helps to create the mood and background of a play.  Rick also stressed that sets must be planned and discussed carefully before jumping in to make one.   Kindergarten A was thrilled to have Jude’s dad, Laurentius, join us to focus on how one wears their hair and how makeup can transform how actors feel and are perceived by an audience.   Kindergarten B welcomed Gweneth’s mom, Mindy, an actor and director of children’s theater. She answered our research questions, showed us her headshot, and helped us hone our acting skills.   

Many of the students' initial questions about putting on a play were about the history of plays. Who wrote the first play? Where was the first play? Both classes watched a presentation about the history of plays that answered many of the children’s wonderings.

Language arts was infused into our project work this week.  During Writing Workshop children wrote short bios about themselves for their “headshots.”  We also made lists of theater-related vocabulary.  

Please put on your calendars:  Thursday, June 1, 9:00 a.m. Please join us for the Kindergarten Learning Celebration, starting with our Kindergarten Plays in the Garage, followed by a classroom tour and cast party in the Kindergarten rooms. 

In mathematics we focused on the development of number combinations to 7 and reviewed combinations to 5 and 6.  

We had fun at The Schuylkill Center this week.  We visited the Pine Plantation, played lots in the woods and reinforced what the children have been learning in Seed to Table about the importance and function of the roots, stems, and leaves of a plant.  

We are still looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers for our student-only Spanish learning celebration, our "Mercado," on Thursday, May 25, from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.  If you are interested in helping or learning more, please email Brian ([email protected]) or Melissa ([email protected]).  Thank you!

Questions to ask/activities to do with your child this week:

  • What did you learn from Foster, the makeup artist?  
  • What is something you learned about sets and props from Rick and Neesa?
  • Where in the world were the first plays?  
  • How are plays different and the same now as when they began almost 3,000 years ago?
  • Play a math game! Ask your child to tell you what number comes before or after another number, then let him/her ask you the same thing (perhaps you can sometimes answer incorrectly to see if your child can correct you!).

Enjoy your weekend,

The Kindergarten Team