bounced about in a room full of excited voices as they worked on the
project of the day -- the creation of their Spring hats.
There were all sorts of bobbles and sparkling gadgets strewn across
desktops, from tiny yellow chicks to plastic eggs and Easter bunnies.
There were metal race cars and even a few American flags gracing the
bills of some of the hats.
The hat-making assembly, which also featured the volunteer work of a
few parents and student teacher Erin Shikuma, has become an annual event
the past few years, said Critchell.
"We've had so much fun with this that it is now done each Spring," she
said. "The study of the seasons is a big part of kindergarten curriculum.
The kids are learning about the concept of time and how the calendar
relates to the seasons."
Each student was allowed to put their personal stamp on their hat.
For six-year-old Zach Blair, there couldn't have been a better
"This is just the best thing to do. I like everything about it," said
Zach, who had his hat nearly finished, save for one gray, sparkling piece
of decorative pipe cleaner he painstakingly sought to put in just the
right spot. When his search was finally over and the decorating of his
hat complete, it was colored blue and adorned with bears coming out of
open, plastic Easter eggs, greenery, race cars and ribbon. The project
took less than 20 minutes to complete.
"I don't know why I didn't paint it purple, though," he said
inquisitively, as if asking himself. "That's my favorite color."
Zach also learned a valuable lesson in sharing as his table mate,
Colleen Posthumus, who declared that she is "five-and-three-quarters"
old, gave him a few items to put on his hat.
Zach reciprocated by giving Colleen six tiny, bright green bears to
put on hers.
"The kids really help each other out," Bergman said.
The hat-making project, which happened during the course of one week,
was a three step process. The first step involved overlapping four pieces
of thin newspaper over each student's head to create the base of the hat.
Masking tape then was applied to form a crown, and the edges were rolled
up to create a brim.
The hats were then painted a variety of traditional spring colors,
setting up the final step, the decorating party. Critchell, Bergman and
the other volunteers then placed the bobbles on the hats with glue guns.
The reward for all their fun work comes Friday when the kindergarten
students will parade through other classrooms on campus, showing off
their spring fashions.
* MIKE SCIACCA is the education and sports reporter. He can be reached
at (714) 965-7171 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.