What fun the English language is, for those who find the nuance (see post title and begin to have fun with commas and meanings and verbs vs. nouns etc). The one thing I’ve noticed about the new “data informed” approach to kindergarten is it lacks the attention to nuance that indicates and salutes intelligence. When children read a passage such as “Mary found a basket. Mary took the basket outside. Mary filled the basket with eggs. She showed the eggs to her mother;” and then they are expected to allow such passage to indicate their comprehension when they retell it (as measured by such products as M-Class), it’s any wonder the children don’t exclaim themselves: “what color was her basket? was it heavy? was the grass tall in the yard? Was it wet? how many eggs did she find? etc. etc.” We are measuring certain aspects of reading before the nuance that actually fuels comprehension is available. If students are not inspired to comprehend, they won’t.
That brings me to laundry caps. “Oh, we can make Mother’s Day vases out of the laundry caps!” Well, yes; you can. And you should. (see photos). But you can also use the craft project of creating a small vase out of a laundry bottle cap (by decorating it with ribbon, washi tape, stick on jewels, etc) into a lesson that integrates every subject. Headed to a history museum? Have students look for early vessels. Look through art history books and find vessels in art throughout history. Learn about circumference and volume by measuring the cap. How much water will it hold? Estimate the number of flowers that will fit in the vase. How high is the vase in inches? Centimeters? How tall must a flower stem be to fit in the vase an still stand up? What are five synonyms for vase? Why is the laundry cap shaped the way it is and the size it is for its first intended use? What materials have been used to make vases over the course of history? Why were clay vessels more prevalent in some parts of the country than others? What is the history of laundry? How did people wash their clothes in the 1800s? What is dry cleaning? (Tour the local dry cleaner). Find literature about a missing vase (there are tons of books at every reading level centering on a missing vase).
Do these things! Present mother with her vase. . .but present the child with engaging learning experiences and I guarantee comprehension and nuance, true levels of intelligence, will emerge.