POINT PLEASANT — Before classes ended for the summer, students from Ms. Elam’s kindergarten class at Beale Elementary gathered around their weekly “Read Aloud” reader, Miss April, also known as Mrs. Pyles, as she shared with them a book entitled “A Place Called Kindergarten.”
In the book, four farm animals are left to wonder what has become of their friend Tommy, who has turned up missing. The dog from the big house informs them that Tommy left in a big yellow bus and is spending the day in a place called kindergarten.
The animals fret all day, not knowing what will happen to Tommy or if he’s gone for good. In the end, Tommy makes it home before the shadows reach all the way to the end of the corn field, and he’s full of all the things he has learned on his first day of kindergarten.
With an “A is for Apple” for the horse, “B is for Biscuit” for the sheep, “C is for Corn” for the chicken, and “D is for Dandelion” for the cow, Tommy reassures his barn friends that he hasn’t forgotten them.
During the story, Ms. Elam’s students participated in the story by sounding like a horse, sheep, chicken or cow when it was their character’s turn to “talk.” They could have been heard all the way down the hall to the principal’s office, but Mrs. Brumfield is probably used to it by now.
The Read Aloud Program is all about teaching young students the love of reading and appreciation for how books can provide them with knowledge of many subjects and also the ability to take them to new places without even leaving their desks.
— Submitted by April Pyles.