Kindergarten is packed with many learning experiences in one year. Students and teachers must begin the year positively, making sure that every moment counts.
At Shawnee Elementary School, the Kindergarten teachers merge their classes on the first day of school in order to introduce procedures and provide a tour of the building.
Throughout the tour, students were introduced to the music teacher, digital literacy teacher, the lead cook, the office staff, and other school personnel. The students learned about procedures and expectations for the lunchroom, hallways, restrooms, and outside recess. Jodi Crichton, Kindergarten Teacher, has designed the tour to follow the rhyme and playfulness of the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. The tour allows the students to follow clues that lead them throughout the building. Each clue leads the classes to a new location where a scavenger hunt begins for the missing letter. After the letter is found, one of the four Kindergarten teachers will review procedures and read the next clue.
Kindergarten students at Shawnee are being prepared for an educational adventure at the Xenia Community Schools.