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Challenger K8 kindergarteners journey to Colonial days

Sara Grothe, 5, sips peanut soup during last week’s celebration. Kindergarteners dressed up and made candles.

RON THOMPSON | Times

Sara Grothe, 5, sips peanut soup during last week’s celebration. Kindergarteners dressed up and made candles.

SPRING HILL — There was a bumping sound, followed by giggles and sometimes cheers. The happy sounds came over and over from down the hall and around a corner from a kindergarten classroom at Challenger K8 School.

Three children and kindergarten teacher Joanna Mullins were in the hallway playing ninepin, a bowling game. "Just like they did in Colonial days," she said.

In the classroom, Mullins and Margie Yurtinus are co-teachers and they were celebrating the culmination of a unit on Colonial America with dressing up, period food and games.

During the unit, students studied Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. They wrote stories and made candles.

On the celebration day, they ate food prepared by parents who got recipes from a Colonial foods cookbook. The children feasted on fruit salad, peanut soup, creamy chicken on biscuits, blueberry muffins, shrub (a sweet, fruity dessert drink) and maple sugar candy.

Students played checkers, dominoes, marbles, jacks, ninepin, hopscotch and cards. They learned about cross-stitching, making pictures using many little X's.

Brian Erb, 6, liked the cross-stitching. "Because you put X's and you make them into diamonds and you make stuff." He said he liked "learning that they played dominoes."

Victoria Ratigan, 5, liked the celebration, she said, "Because you get to dress up." She found one bit of Colonial life particularly interesting. "They made candles with wicks and cold water."

Lori Talley, 37, is a parent of kindergartener Kaitlyn Talley, 6. She volunteers weekly in the classroom and was assisting with the cross-stitching activity. She had nothing but praise for Mullins and Yurtinus.

"They just give the children so much knowledge," she said. "They do so much for the children. They're just amazing."

Jordan Laing, 6, said his favorite activity was ninepin. He shared some of the things he learned. "They had to wear shorts that were up to here," he said, gesturing to the point on his shin, where his pants stopped.

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