On Friday I had the pleasure of going to the Appleland Market in New York City. It was a very exclusive, by invitation only event. It was held in R’s kindergarten class!! It was absolutely one of the CUTEST, most ADORABLE events I have ever attended. R’s class has been working on an Apple unit since September. You may have remembered from earlier posts that they have visited the Farmer’s Market and gone on a field trip to the Queen’s County Farm Museum. So, this was the big final event, the cumulation of all of their hard work.
The class created the market in their classroom. As the parents, friends, family and other guests arrived we were welcomed by greeters at the door. We then entered the market area where we went down the line and were able to purchase items such as various apples, home-made gift cards, bookmarks, cookbooks and apple muffins. The children diligently checked off how many items were being purchased.
The market was incredibly well organized and there were separate areas including an efficient check-out that only accepted quarters so that the students could do all the transactions, a cafe area as well as an area for re-stocking of items. The local grocery stores could really learn something from the professionalism of this class of five year olds!! Each child took his/her job extremely seriously and knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing. When it came time for us to leave, R barely said good-bye as she was so immersed in her duties.
R came home from school on Friday over the moon with excitement. She loved the experience and I am sure it is one that she will not soon forget. I am reminded how lucky our transition has been… such an incredible school with amazing teachers. Just another slice of life from the Big Apple 😉