Taking a page from the Lower School’s book of the month, The Thankful Book by Todd Parr, pre-nursery, nursery, and pre-kindergarten students took to the stage for the Early Childhood Gratitude assembly on December 11. The youngest members of the school shared what they are thankful for in their lives with their older classmates.
Their declarations included one from a little girl who was thankful for her hair, because it makes her unique. Others were thankful for their feet, because they help them play; their parents and siblings; pets; flowers and trees; and even Hello Kitty. They also dressed up in colorful outfits and costumes, and brought props to the stage to express their thanks (the elephant was thankful for his trunk and ears, and the swimmer for the beach and bays).
After their presentations, the students and teachers welcomed Matauqus Tarrant, a member of the Shinnecock Nation. He sang a beautiful song in the Mohegan/Pequot language thanking the creator and everything around us in nature.
The students then led a sing-along with the audience, who clapped and tapped along to classics including “If You’re Thankful and You Know It,” as well as a creative rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” that thanked the sun, moon, stars, and everyone special to them.
With Matauqus accompanying them on the drum, the Early Childhood students closed with a beautiful song about appreciation for Mother Earth titled “The Earth Is Our Mother.”
The celebration was a great time to reflect on the big and little things in life that matter to every one of us.