I’m so excited tomorrow I am having a guest blogger and it’s my first time having one. The blogger will be Michelle Philpot who is a dear friend and colleague at my school. She teaches Kindergarten and one of her students decided that he wanted to do a genius hour project of his own. His older brother is my class and I guess after hearing about how great genius time though that this was something he needed to do right away.
His idea is brilliant really. He wished to create a lemonade stand and the profits of his stand he would buy mittens for our Massey Mitten Tree. The Massey Mitten Tree is decorated with donations of warm mittens for children who are in need of warm Winter clothing items. It was started before my time at Massey but it’s been a yearly tradition. I could be wrong but maybe it’s based on the book The Mitten Tree regardless we do read that beautiful book to our students each year.
Michelle’s kindergarten class has been fully immersed in this project. The beautiful idea from one little boy has sprouted into the whole class working on the stand, taste testing lemonade, feeling what it would be like with no mittens outside, inquiry questions. It’s really, really amazing and it just goes to show when you put kids in charge of their learning and give them the platform to take off with those ideas they can come up with big things.
I won’t go into much more detail as you’ll get that from Michelle tomorrow but you can follow her and her class @K5Kinders @K5_RP on twitter as her class has been tweeting about it and tomorrow I think there will be a lot.
The student’s goal is to raise $6.00 because he can go to the dollar store and buy 6 pairs and in his world 6 pairs of mittens is a lot. I have a feeling his expectations are going to be exceeded!