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Has your child talked to you about our STAR Friend activity? If so… you have probably heard all about it! It is, by far, the favorite time of day for most kindergartners in room #166! Each day before going to lunch, I reach in to our STAR basket, with my eyes closed and lots of drama (of course), and pull out the name of one lucky friend. That child becomes our STAR Friend for the day (and the envy of his/her classmates...ahem... we are working at being happy for our friend and waiting, patiently, for our own turn in the spotlight... it is not an easy wait!). We just started our "second round" of this activity this week. During the first round, we took the opportunity to get to know a little more about each of our new classmates and worked on our questioning skills by interviewing each STAR Friend. The children were very curious about each other and, with some practice, asked some great questions. Through questioning, we learned our classmates' favorites: color, food, storybook, friend, activity, shoes, and more! They seem to enjoy all of it, but… the thing they seem to LOVE the most about being the STAR Friend is being the Line Leader! The STAR Friend has the awesome responsibility of leading our line to specials, recess, lunch, and dismissal. For our second round, we have added a song that we sing while the STAR Friend makes his/her way to the front of the group, an extremely fashionable crown, and a book - compiled of pages created by their friends. I also take their picture to add to this post... I'll continue to add STAR Friend photos as each child enjoys their turn. For this second round, we also kept that most-sought after "Line Leader" position as a STAR Friend perk. Ask your child to tell you about our STAR Friend routine; feel free, and be prepared, to assure them that if they haven't had their turn, their name is still in the star-shaped basket and... just maybe it will be their turn next!
My name is Charlene Sipe and I'm the teacher in room #166 at Einstein Elementary School.