Being in my second year of blogging I have a great list of old posts to work from to get new ideas. Last year I was only about a month into blogging when I wrote a post called National Kindergarten Day. If you take a moment to go to that blog post you'll see it's not my finest work, but everyone needs to start somewhere right?
While I'm ramping up to release my Summer Learning Loss Series and it's companion 20-page ebook I have to say that I've neglected some of my regular postings and this week is Spring Break so it's been even harder to sit down and write. I'm vowing today though that this year I'm going to try to redeem myself and put a littler more effort into a post to celebrate today. So here is my #fridayfive ways that you can celebrate National Kindergarten Day with your littles.
It's funny that today is National Kindergarten day:
- It's spring break in our school district so the kinder teachers are on vacation.
- Teacher Appreciation is in about two weeks so why are we singling out the Kinder teachers now? Repetitive much?
The NationalCalendar.com explains why today is the day we celebrate Kindergarten:
National Kindergarten Day is observed annually on April 21st. This day honors Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel (April 21, 1782 – June 21, 1852) whom credit is given for starting the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel was a German teacher and a student of Johann Pestalozzi. Frobel laid a foundation for modern education recognizing that children learn through play and experience.
In our school district this time of year is registration time for school. In order to prepare your kindergartener for school next year check out these great books and read!
One of my favorite parts of the day in the classroom I volunteer in is when the kids sing their HeidiSongs shape song:
Another fun one is Heidi's color song:
These may seem like silly songs, but my first grader still knows them so they do make an impact. Considering that our Kindergarteners don't get regular PE classes, these dances/songs are a great way to get the wiggles out during the school day.
If you're looking for some other Kindergarten YouTube Channels check out this post: Top 10 Kindergarten YouTube Channels
Create a Thank You Card for a kindergarten teacher you know. Even if your older kids aren't in Kindergarten, make a card and ask to put it in a kindergarten teacher's box at school. They will definitely appreciate it!
How to Observe
According to NationalCalendar.com here are the official instructions on how to observe today's holiday:
Share your kindergarten memories using #NationalKindergartenDay on Social Media.