Kindergarten Hitomi

Valentine's Day and Jump Rope for Heart

Posted on February 17, 2013

by Ms. Hitomi on February 17, 2013

The children were so excited when they walked into the classroom. Instead of greeting their teachers, they asked, "When are we walking to the gym for Jump Rope for Heart?" and "When are we going to celebrate Valentine's Day?" They couldn't believe that we had to do a little bit of work before jumping into these two special activities. For the past two weeks the children have been practicing their jumprope skills during PE and recess. They have been happily showing their teachers how much they have improved. The children's faces glowed when they were able to jump longer each time. Some were even trying to jump backwards and do tricks just like their Fifth Grade Buddies.

During the morning the children were busy working on making cards, frames, flowers, gluing their letters into the cards, and graphing candied hearts. We couldn't believe that everyone was able to complete all the special activities. They all had a wonderful time.

After lunch the children quickly packed up, went outside for a short recess, washed up, put their name tags for the event, and then exchanged their Valentine's gift with their buddies. They put their things away and walked hand-in-hand with their buddy to the gym. While walking to the gym the noise level increased as we got closer. Finally, Mr. Black spoke and explained all the activities. Once the music started the children stood up and started jumping to the beat of the music. There were long ropes, short ropes, Chinese jump ropes, hula hoops, and jump bands. It was amazing watching the Kindergartners' facial expressions as they jumped. We were also surprised how well their buddies took care of them. Many teachers came up to me and expressed that the Fifth Graders were doing an awesome job. They were impressed with their leadership role. At the end, the Kinders gave their buddies a hug and then it was back to the classroom to get ready for auto line and after school care. What a wonderful way to end our week.
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Special Atelier Share
The children will be sharing their Natural community sculpture projects on Wednesday, February 27 at 1:00-2:00. We hope you will be able to attend this special event.

Note of Appreciation
Thank you all for your donations and volunteering for Jump Rope for Heart.