Last Six Weeks of School
May 24, 2023 | Bridget O'Dowd
At the beginning of the year, the first six weeks are a time of building. Students are gradually introduced to materials, learning to use and care for them, and practicing routines. These six weeks are slow, steady, and necessary to achieve a cohesive learning environment. Similarly, the last six weeks pose an equal value.
As we enter into this season of endings, during the last six weeks of school, students will slowly begin to unbuild the classroom. They will notice that the classroom timeline is nearly completed and we will remember the work we did throughout the year.
We will gradually say “goodbye” to materials that are no longer used. It may be a book from the beginning of the year, a rhyme that we chanted or games that we have played. So, for a couple of days, students explore the materials they have used before putting them away.
We meet as a class to reflect on the learning that has happened and take time to remember…
We share our memories and the shelves will once again gradually become bare.
Just as we seek to begin well, this process of unbuilding helps us to end well, with intentionality in thought, word, and action. This helps students have a sense of closure to the school year.
Children share and remember work that they are proud of.
Ending the year with a sense of accomplishment and pride in the their work prepares students for a new beginning in the fall.
Ms. O’Dowd came to Mustard Seed in 2017, after moving to Hoboken in 2016. She found a school and a community all in one package at Mustard Seed! Having taught kindergarten in Illinois before moving to New Jersey, Ms. O’Dowd has a passion for five-year-olds. She’s delighted to be a part of the kindergarten team and loves to read and share in story with students. Her favorite moment of the day is during a good read aloud, when she looks out and sees the faces of children showing empathy and emotion in response to the story. Ms. O’Dowd’s hobbies include exploring new neighborhoods, watching BBC documentaries, traveling to visit family, and eating her way through New York City.