The month of March began with a bang (or shall I say bong) as we explored clocks as tools. We incorporated the use of clocks and time in our everyday activities and some children became even more proficient clock announcers. ("It's time for snack!" was heard most frequently.) Telling time on the hour, half hour, and quarter hours was practiced and perfected at a "timely" tempo. We also practiced counting by 5, 10, and 2 to aid in our minute counting efforts.
Kindergartners are jotting their own "List of 100 Tools" after listening to a series of stories, Monkey with a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe. The illustrations and antics of a very handy monkey were hilarious along with a list of tools that included a "donkey wrench" "rubber duck extractor" and a
"pajama hammer." We designed
tool belts complete with our own tool invention designs tucked inside.
In preparation for our activities, we were inspired by The Greatest Show On Earth by John Prater, Circus Train by Jos. A. Smith, and Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Mc Cully. We also watched a DVD with excerpts of Cirque du Soleil's "Quidam" and "oooooed" and "ahhhhhhed" as if we were right in the audience. Our list of circus tools included hammers, stakes, rope, tents, and trained animals.