I want to go to kindergarten again but this time, I want to go to Waverly.
In just one week my kindergartner, Murray, began the first book of The Boxcar Children, learned about the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, performed with the new class microphone on the classroom stage, practiced money skills in Minute Math, investigated the properties of water and the temperatures at which water freezes and boils, learned a Chinese song for Chinese New Year and performed it at All School Meeting, visited classroom neighbors for a performance of Strega Nona, and learned everything about the letter “O.”
Outside of the classroom, Murray is hungry to apply his learning. At the Waverly Farm, he and his friends built a structure and imagined they were the Boxcar Children. They also made fresh apple cider with an old-fashioned cider press.
At home, I often overhear Murray singing songs from his music class or find him sitting at his keyboard practicing a new tune that he learned at school. And Murray often enjoys teaching his third grade brother words in Hindi and German that he learned in class.
While all this is amazing, the most incredible things that Murray learns in kindergarten are less tangible. Murray is learning kindness. He’s learning how to listen to others. He’s learning what it means to be a friend. And he’s learning that learning is exciting and fun.
Each day he returns to school with the same excitement and energy as the day before. Something very magical is happening in that kindergarten classroom. I really wish they’d let me go too.
Mom to Murray, kindergarten and Nolan, 3rd grade