Kindergartners take a virtual journey to the Land of Oz
Kindergartners recently went to the Land Down Under - virtually, at least!
As an introduction to the upcoming International Day Festival and Carnival (October 26), Mrs. Layton, Lower School Innovation Specialist, ventured to the Early Childhood Campus with her rolling cart of virtual reality goggles. She, along with the kindergarten teachers, introduced the students to Australia, the country they will be studying during the month of October. (Traditionally, each grade level in the elementary school chooses a country to study in preparation for International Day. This year, kindergarten is joining the fun!)
Mrs. Layton visited each kindergarten class, where students learned how to use the goggles. Individually, they took virtual tours of Australia, including the Great Barrier Reef, and the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. The teachers guided their tours with fun facts about Australia’s history and geography, as well as general information about oceans and reefs, while students shared what they were viewing with the goggles:
“I can see a hundred fish!”
“Is this the Mariana Trench?”
“It looks like I could fall in the ocean!”
On October 26, all of the kindergarten and elementary school classes will share their research in their classrooms, through interactive projects and food; onstage, with special music performances; and outside, with game booths and prizes. For the second year, the ECC students will have their own “Pumpkin Patch” at the Bearss Avenue Campus, with age-appropriate games just for the little ones! Plan on joining us for this special day!
Click here for a visit with the kindergartners exploring Australia: