Junior Kindergarten Explores the World
St. Raymond Junior Kindergarten has been busy exploring the world. During the first week of each month, JK learns about a different continent. The students are broken up into three small groups, each with a particular focus.
Currently, Junior Kindergarten is studying the continent of Europe. Using the SmartBoard, Ms. Stieren showed her group of students pictures of important sights, buildings, and monuments throughout Europe. She showed them what the continent of Europe looks like and where it is located in the world. They colored pictures of the Coliseum, the Eiffel Tower and other well known attractions in Europe.
A second group of Junior Kindergarteners was led by Mrs. Marron who spoke to the students about Advent and the Christmas traditions of Spain. They contrasted Spanish traditions with the traditions we have here in the United States. The students learned the history of the piñata and each student had the opportunity to make their own piñata.
The third group was led by Mrs. Welte. This group studied the meaning of the Christmas stocking. Part of the legend of how the Christmas stocking began has to do with St. Nicholas who was born in Greece. The students learned about his kindness and generosity, in terms of his love of giving to others while never expecting anything in return. The students laced and decorated their own Christmas stockings.
Over the course of the week, each group has the opportunity to participate in each activity. The students take great pride in their work, and enjoy learning about the continents using these fun and engaging projects. In January, Junior Kindergarten will be studying the continent of Australia. They will focus on the Great Barrier Reef and the sea life found there, as well as the other unusual animals found in Australia.