In my music schedule I have my regular daily schedule, but then at the end of each day, I have an extra class where one grade level comes back for a second visit to "specials". Today my extra class was to be about 30 kindergarten and I was pleased because I knew that they would produce really sweet thank you notes for our donors. I try to never leave the task of saying thank you to my project donors for long because usually when our materials are new, that is when my students are most teachable and ready to say thank you. Writing the thank you notes is really my favorite part. We have a habit of giving and giving to children without expecting any sort of gratitude. It's nice to give them the chance to appreciate not just a gift, but the giver.
|This is almost nothing like our very cool and|
sophisticated new bass metallophone,
but it is colorful and I thought it was cute
In any case, one of my more verbos studnets had just asked me a question and while I turned my head slightly to answer, all of the remaining 29 were spontaneously seized with the unrestrained need to turn the sheets of styrophone in our trash-can and in the box into a blizzard!!!
It happened so fast! One moment, 29 little bottoms were planted on the floor and 29 faces were gazing upon the mettallohpone in anticipation and then as I was answering the one onlooker, I realized I needed to glance at my circle because things had gotten suspiciously and eerily quiet.....It's amazing how quiet 29 kindergarteners can be when they are making a mess. One minute I had a circle of expectant children and then in the blink of an eye my circle disappeared and there we were..... having a white Christmas right here in March..... and I thought we were going to play our new metallophone and write thank you notes..... nope....
Had I been thinking I would have marched my dandruff clad class next door and left things alone..... but THEN I had a serious FAIL in the natural consequences department... I very lovingly and logically convinced 30 kindergarten children in the throws of a snow day to sit back down in a group, where I drew their attention to the state of our room and explained that I wanted them to put all of the "snow" in the trashcans......I should have known it was doom to fail the moment I heard them cheer....... I will admit that SOME of it did end up back where it belonged, but only about 20% of what they dispersed. Things got really exciting once they figured out that if you stomped your foot or blew on the little dots they would fly away....There was another wave of excitement when they showed each other how to scrape their fingernails across the board to create MORE snow..... One kid even gathered up a fistful, held his hands over the air conditioning vent and let them fly.
It was in their hair, stuck to their face and I'm SURE their mommas will find it in their socks and underwear tonight. That stuff got everywhere!
Did I mention that my kindergarteners LOVED their consequence???? I mean, they LOVED it! Although that had not been my intention, the time they spent trying to pick up those particles was the highlight of their week. They tried using lapboards as brooms or as tables, but then as soon as they stood up to carry it, it would all fly away. We'd make a little progress in one area of the room and I'd look over to find a couple of my lovelies sprinkling the "snow" on their head again with big grins all around..... When it was finally time to go home, we picked the dandruff out of our hair and they all told their teachers that they helped to CLEAN the music room.