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Meet Mrs. Feriend’s kindergarten class

Krystle Wagner • Feb 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Each Friday on the pages of the Tribune and online, the Tribune highlights a Classroom of the Week.

This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.

Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:

Teacher: Elizabeth Feriend

Grade: Kindergarten

School: Ferry Elementary School

What makes your classroom special? My classroom is filled with kindness and enthusiasm. We are a team, a school family! Each day, my students and I work hard with joyful energy and a growth mindset. We help and inspire each other as we work together.

In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? Building social skills, encouraging perseverance, and promoting independence, along with many other life skills, are the foundation of learning in kindergarten.

What special project is your classroom working on now? My students are deep into an Ocean inquiry! Growing out of one of our WOW (World of Words) vocabulary units, the children are currently immersed in learning about ocean-life. Through interactive read alouds, websites, videos, and music the children are expanding their interest, vocabulary, and scientific knowledge. They are demonstrating their learning through art, writing, and dramatic play.

How is your classroom involved with the community? Along with the other students here at Ferry, my students participate in various school initiatives including making decorations for Riverside nursing home, a canned food drive, and the United Way change drive.

We are also very thankful for the support given to us by East Town businesses. Not only have they opened their doors to us for field trips over the years, each Halloween they let our early childhood students trick-or-treat at their businesses.

How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? I hope my students' kindergarten experience lays the foundation for a lifetime of joyful learning.

I want my students to enter first grade in fall as confident, enthusiastic learners, ready to embrace new challenges with persistence and a positive attitude.

My hope is that all of my students will find what inspires them and grow into confident, happy adults possessing the ability to work with others and communicate their thoughts and ideas respectfully and with kindness.

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