Kindergarteners at Saint Cyril and Methodius School have gone so far beyond simple ABC’s and 123’s this past month. Shifting to high tech learning, Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Shirreffs introduced the class to Video Conferencing, where this eager group of early childhood learners had the special treat of a video conference that took them around the world! Santa Claus himself spoke with children from the North Pole and from each of the seven continents, including discussions of the different animals in each of their regions. He ended by reading SSCM students a Christmas story and left them with the view that our great big world can be just a bit smaller through the use of technology.
On the local front, the Kindergarten class worked on designing and sending homemade Christmas cards to local veterans. They will be distributed to our heroes through a wonderful organization called We the People Giving Back. They are a non-profit organization, whose goal is to honor the sacrifice of veterans, their families and those in public service, as well as those who have fallen in the name of freedom and to provide their families with the reassurance of our nation’s endless support and gratitude. Bringing these types of activities to Kindergarteners helps them see outside of the small world in which they have lived for the first five years of their lives. It builds empathy and helps them see how small acts of kindness can make a difference in someone else’s life. Most importantly, it leaves the children with an important message about compassion for others and the spirit of giving.