LEWISBORO, N.Y. As part of a longstanding Valentines Day tradition, kindergarteners at Lewisboro Elementary School celebrated the holiday last week in front of family and friends with a production of Froggys First Kiss.
Every year, the kindergarteners perform the Jonathan London book in front of an audience by following prompts from their teacher, Colleen Walsh, and fill in particular words within the story.
Its a cute tradition we have here at Lewisboro Elementary, said Cristy Harris, the schools principal. The teacher reads the book out loud and the kids participate and engage in it. We read a lot of the Froggy books in the series and this is part of the Valentines theme.
The performance also has a more subliminal educational aspect to it as well.
This has a lot of auditory prompts that help the memory, said Terri Lynn Wuensch, the schools speech/language pathologist. They have their backs to [the screen]. They have to remember the sequence and what words to fill in. Theres a lot of education in this.
The kindergarten classroom was packed with proud parents who laughed as the students acted out the action with hand gestures and sang songs that supplement the story of Froggys first kiss.
Harris said that the school also marked Valentines Day in other ways in addition to Froggys Last Kiss. The principal explained that the school has been running an Acceptance Campaign to help improve self-esteem and recently held an assembly on the topic.
The assembly was about what it means to accept ourselves for who we are, she said.
The students were assigned to write out what they love about themselves onto heart-shaped cutouts, which were then displayed on the hallways throughout the school.
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