Grace's class played a big role in a Kindergarten Assembly at her school today. They collaborated on writing a story called "The Giant Pineapple", which they also illustrated and then performed for half of the school and all parents. Grace was one of the narrators while other children were actors performing the story. She did a fantastic job! She knew all of her lines and did not get stage fright - she spoke clearly and confidently into the microphone, and even tried to help one of the "actors" when he forgot his lines. Below are some pictures - just of Grace, sorry - I did film the whole performance but it's pretty long. If anyone really wants to watch the 9-minute video, please let me know ;) And for your enjoyment, below is also the text of their wonderful story (highlighted text is what they all said in unison). The assembly also had some poetry and math demonstrations by another class and some grade-wide songs. It was a really nice event so close to the end of the school year because it is easy (and amazing!) to see how much Grace and her classmates have developed during their first year of formal education. Wow! We are so proud of her!
The Giant Pineapple
1. Grace: The story starts like this…Once upon a time in a village in Kilimanjaro, there lived aMaasai boy and a Maasai girl. They lived on a farm.
2. Eli: One day the Maasai boy went out on the farm to grow a pineapple. He wanted to grow a pineapple because he didn’t have much food.
Maasai Boy: “I love pineapples because they are my favorite food and wanted to share them with my friends.”
3. Sia (Zaynab, Meesha, Fathiya – are rain, sun, air):
He took a bud from another pineapple and planted it in the ground. The Maasai boy gave it sunlight, rain, air, and he talked to it. He said: “Nanasi ota! Nanasi ota!” two times everyday for almost two year. Because that’s how long it takes for a pineapple to grow.
4. Rodrigo: The Maasai girl thought her brother was silly because he was talking to the plant and he was a weird boy.
Maasai Girl: “You’re a weird boy.”
5. Mara: Then the pineapple grew faster and faster and faster until it was so big it might weigh hundreds of pounds. Super duper, super duper, super duper big!! Bigger than his house.
Maasai Boy: “Now it was time to take it out.”
6. Grace: So he pulled and he pulled and pulled with all his might. “Moja, mbili, tatu… vuta!” The pineapple didn’t come out so he asked his friends if they could help.
7. Rodrigo: First his sister came and they pulled and pulled with all their might “Moja, mbili, tatu…. vuta!” but the pineapple didn’t move.
8. Mara: Next, his sister asked the elephant to help. They pulled with all their might. “Moja, mbili, tatu… vuta!” but the pineapple did not come out.
9. Sia: Then, the giraffe, buffalo and the lion came to help. They pulled and pulled with all their might. “Moja, mbili, tatu… vuta!” but the pineapple still didn’t move.
10. Eli: Next the zebra, swala, cow, and dog came to help. They pulled and pulled with all their might. “Moja, mbili, tatu…. vuta!” the pineapple didn’t budge.
11. Sia: So zebra asked his friend the snowman to help. He met him climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He pulled the dog and they all said together “Moja, mbili, tatu…. vuta!” but still the pineapple did not come out.
12. Grace: Then the chicken, bat and the butterfly asked “Is it our turn to pull?”. They all said “Yes, Asante”.
“Moja, mbili, tatu…. vuta!” The pineapple popped out of ground. It jumped in the air “boooo-ahhh”!
13. Mara: First the animals were surprised. Then they shared the pineapple at their pineapple party.
14. Sia: There was pineapple chocolate cake, pineapple grape soup, pineapple juice, pineapple pie, and pineapple pizza
All: “That’s called Hawaii pizza!”