Bayless High School students will teach Bayless kindergarten students various holiday songs with movements. Practices will begin about two weeks before the students perform. The high school students will use trial and error to figure out the best way in which they could teach kindergarten students songs with movements. High school students will also make jingle bells for kindergarten students to wear while performing some songs.
The students will take a bus to the service learning project site. The kindergarten students will hand out hand-made holiday cards to nursing home residents. High school students will also come up with holiday crafts such as creating bookmarks with foam adhesive pieces and making reindeer candy canes. High school students will teach these crafts to kindergarten students so they can make crafts with the elderly. To get all of the generations interacting, all students will make crafts with the elderly. Lots of smiles will be exchanged!
Holiday Gift Wrap
Kindergarten students will hand out hand-made holiday cards to the nursing home residents. High school students will also come up with various holiday crafts such as creating bookmarks with foam adhesive pieces and making reindeer candy canes. The high school students will teach these crafts to the kindergarten students, so that the kindergarteners can make crafts with the elderly on the day they sing. To get all of the generations interacting with one another, all students will make the crafts with the elderly.
Also, two days before the students meet for their performance, they will make cookies together in the high school culinary arts lab. High school students will help kindergarten students measure ingredients to make cookies. After baking the cookies, all students will put on gloves to decorate them. After the cookies are decorated, they will be placed into individual bags for residents at the nursing home. Lots of smiles will be exchanged!
During the singing and activities, a teacher will videotape all of the students singing and interacting with the elderly. As a part of the review and celebration, students will meet to watch the nursing home video on the big screen. They will eat cookies together and have a class meeting about all that they have learned about bringing holiday cheer to those in nursing homes.
Extensions and Adaptations
high school student who speaks the same language, as possible. This will help the ELL children understand the words to the songs and the movements to the songs.
Shy Child: Shy children will not be placed in the front row during the
performance. They will be encouraged to sing; however, they know they will never be pushed or pressured to do so. If they feel comfortable, they will sing and perform the movements to the songs.
Shorter Child: Shorter children will be placed in the front of
the group so they are able to see the leader’s movements.
Over-Active Child:This child will be placed on the end of the row while performing so that he has more space to move around and perform his movements to the songs
without interrupting the other students.
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Becky Haberberger, Kindergarten Teacher, Bayless School District, St. Louis, MO